WATHENA, Kan. — If there’s one word that sums up the Riverside football team, it’s dynamic. Under new head coach Bryce Paden and a new starting quarterback Kobe Davis, the team hopes the changes help turn things around.
“We have a quarterback that’s going to be a sophomore that wasn’t quite ready last year. He’s transitioned well and he’s worked hard in the offseason, as well as the flexibility of our kids,” said Paden.
After coaching as an assistant for four years, Paden filled in for Scot Koranda, who transitioned into the athletic director role at Riverside High School.
“This year we’ve got new coaches and they’ve been pushing us to our limits. They’ve been on top of us everyday and everybody’s been here showing up, working hard, going 100% everyday. So, I think it’s going to be a little different,” senior Quenton Barron said.
Paden added the team’s versatility smooths out all of the adjustments made in the offseason.
“There’s a couple kids that went from quarterback, backup quarterback are going to be our wide receivers this year and play a big role for us and they’ve accepted that and they’re understanding what’s going to happen,” Paden said.
Senior Ceynaan Byrd plays both center and nose guard and he wants his last season as a Cyclone to be a winning one.
“We’ve got some guys that are going both ways for us,” senior Ceynaan Byrd said. “I want to say I’ve been 2-7 since I was a freshman here. This year I feel like we can turn it around.”
With their last winning season since 2014, the Cyclones hope their work behind the scenes propels them to win.
“I’ve just been working hard this offseason, perfecting my craft and getting better at the position to get ready for the season,” sophomore quarterback and safety Kobe Davis said.
Riverside takes on Hiawatha in a home game season opener on Friday.
“We know how to work with each other,” Barron said. “We know when someone’s down, they’re not themselves and all that so we know how to hype them up and get them going.”