The opponents are unchanged, but El Dorado will be out to try to change a few of the results.
The Wildcats won once last season, by a 35-34 score over district-rival Circle.
New coach Jared Anderson brings experience from successful teams like Shawnee Mission East and Emporia for his first head-coaching job.
Once again, El Dorado must conquer a tough schedule. In fact, seven of the Wildcats’ nine opponents made the Class 4A playoffs a year ago.
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Still, Anderson remains optimistic that new ideas can lead to new results. He plans to run the flexbone offense and a 4-3 defense, which he said has produced good results at his previous stops.
On the positive side, El Dorado returns a lot of experience, led by senior quarterback Travis House, who was an All-AV-CTL Division III honorable-mention selection as a quarterback and defensive back.
“He’s a great player, great kid, great person,” Anderson said of House. “If I had 30 of him, that would be fantastic.”
House, also a standout golfer for the Wildcats in the spring and basketball starter in the winter, can look to an all-senior rushing attack in Tucker Sherman and Matt Harvey. El Dorado also returns top receiver Isaac Johnson.
Anderson said the players who came for weight training worked hard and have improved.
“That will be a core thing to build off of, hopefully, and try to build some more as we go through the fall,” he said.
Anderson said a fresh mindset for the Wildcats will be crucial this season.
“(El Dorado) hasn’t been the best the last few years,” he said. “We’re just trying to change that around and get the kids more consistent, trying to build a program that the kids can take ownership in and go from there.”
EL DORADO WILDCATS
Coach: Jared Anderson, first season
League: AV-CTL Division III
Last season: 1-8
Last five seasons: 6-39
Projected 2013 playoff team? No
Top skill players
|Sept. 13||at Clearwater|
|Sept. 27||at Mulvane|
|Oct. 11||at Rose Hill|
|Oct. 18||at Maize South|
Travis House on his team:
What El Dorado does best: “We just put in a new system. Last year, we had more passing but this year we’re more focused on the run. Our best asset is being able to learn four different systems in the past five years.”
What has to improve: “We all just need to buy into Coach Anderson’s offense and play as one team. Play more aggressively than we have and come out with more confidence.”