Going deeper into the playoffs is one of several goals for the Benton football team this season.

After going 2-8 last season, the Cardinals look to bounce back this fall.

“We’re here to fix that and have fun doing it,” Benton’s coach, Kevin Keeton, said.

There is no shortage of winning history when it comes to Benton football. However, the Cardinals have not had a winning season since 2010. This year’s team is ready to change that.

This year’s football squad is made up of 58 players, which is a significant increase from 2018. Even though fall camp just began last week, the Cardinals have been training all summer long.

“We went to numerous camps and had seven-on-seven every Monday,” Benton senior Caden Stone said. “We’ve been working all summer.”

Stone and several other seniors have been leading the way for the Cardinals entering the new season.

The Cardinals kick off week 1 with a chip on their shoulder when they face Winnetonka.

“They got us last year. We felt we could have gotten them last year, but we definitely plan on beating them this year,” Stone said.

Keeton took the head coach position at Benton after serving as an associate head coach and strength coordinator at Winnetonka.

He has been coaching football for more than 20 years now. Last year was his first season as Benton’s head coach, and he has enjoyed every moment of it.

“Each year is unique. Each year is a new challenge,” Keeton said. “These guys are a lot of fun to be around. I enjoy that and I appreciate that about them.”

Keeton said the squad returned with a great attitude and has been working hard since day one.

Benton takes the field for its first regular season game on Friday, Aug. 30.

“We want to definitely be at the top of the MEC when it’s all said and done,” Keeton said.

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