Augusta (WQOW) — The Beavers are coming off a 2-7 season overall in 2018, but are ready to take things to another level in year two under head coach Derek Boldt.
Augusta has no shortage of experience returning, as eight starters are back on both sides of the ball. That includes their top passer, rusher, and receiver on offense from 2018, making their experience a huge strength entering the season.
“It plays a lot in what we can do, what we feel like we can throw at these boys, and what they’re capable of,” says Boldt. “And I know we’ve got a lot of good returning linemen too. Just a lot of experience overall, and returning some stat leaders and things like that is a big help for sure.”
The Beavers also return a pair of second-team all-conference performers, in senior offensive lineman Nathan Sobotta and senior defensive back Traven Fabian. This group is carrying a different mindset and attitude as well heading into week one. As they hope their experience on the field together, along with their increased chemistry with their coach leads to more wins in 2019.
“He’s more comfortable with us, after knowing us for a year,” says senior offensive/defensive lineman Nathan Sobotta. “And he was here for a year beforehand as a track coach, so there’s more leadership and we’re just hoping for a better season overall.”
“We took more of a slower approach to practice, because he didn’t really know us as well and what we were capable of,” senior offensive/defensive lineman Gregor Willms says. “He was just kind of figuring us out. But I think this year, he’s really going to push all the boys to kind of get their maximum potential.”
Augusta travel to Thorp for a non-conference game week one, on August 23rd.