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Football 2015: A look at the Circle Thunderbirds

2015 Circle football players' preseason video interview

Circle football players talk about the upcoming 2015 season during a video interview with Joanna Chadwick of the Wichita Eagle and VarsityKansas.com on Aug. 5, 2015.
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Circle football players talk about the upcoming 2015 season during a video interview with Joanna Chadwick of the Wichita Eagle and VarsityKansas.com on Aug. 5, 2015.

Coach: Heath Henderson, second season, 0-9

League: AV-CTL IV

Last season: 0-9

Last five seasons: 8-38

Projected 2015 playoff team? No

Top skill players

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Pos.

Yr.

Steve Winningham

6-1

165

QB

Jr.

Nic Crain

6-2

175

WR

Jr.

Ben Engels

6-1

175

FS

Sr.

Dylan Brown

5-9

170

TB

Jr.

Top linemen

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Pos.

Yr.

Austin King

6-1

265

T-DL

So.

Kyle Hickenbottom

6-0

220

T

Jr.

Garrett Keplar

6-1

250

DT

Sr.

Ian Cross

6-2

190

DE

Jr.

2014 results

Opponent

Score

Chapman

L,39-14

Collegiate

L, 5-6

Wellington

L,54-32

Andale

L,57-0

Mulvane

L,48-6

Clearwater

L,47-0

El Dorado

L,47-8

Andover Central

L,64-20

Topeka Hayden

L,42-14

2015 schedule

Date

Opponent

Sept. 4

Chapman

Sept. 11

at Collegiate

Sept. 18

at Wellington

Sept. 25

Andale

Oct. 2

at Mulvane

Oct. 9

Clearwater

Oct. 16

at El Dorado

Oct. 23

Andover Central

Oct. 30

at Topeka Hayden

Ben Engels on his team

What Circle does well: “We stay together. The past couple of years have been pretty rough. This year, we’re staying together as a family, and I think that’s going to make us better.”

What has to improve: “Crispness and execution – getting our plays down to where we don’t have to think about it anymore. Just executing precisely.”

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