With a consistent football program that’s always hanging around the Missouri state playoffs, Pleasant Hill coach Kyle Roach knows this team wants to accomplish many of the same goals as last year’s squad.
After finishing last season with an 11-1 record — the only loss to Bolivar — Roach excepts similar results from his players this time around.
“It’s kind of hard in high school when you’re losing seniors all the time,” Roach said. “We’re just working to try to be consistent every day.”
Working through the Missouri River Valley Conference will be the team’s first goal, but with some experienced players the Roosters might make another deep run.
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Roach mentioned Cameron Gray, a second team all-state linebacker, as one of the cornerstones for the season. Senior Kolin Rogers will also be instrumental at running back and linebacker.
Junior Levi Hays looks to grow in his role on the team as a running back and defensive back. When the Roosters pass the ball, Cole Miller will also help the skill positions as a starting receiver and defensive back.
With a winning tradition, Roach does not have much of problem motivating his players. He just points to past success.
“The kids understand what’s expected of them and what it’s going to take to win again,” Roach said. “They understand because of the continuity of the program that they understand expectations.”