For the Central football team, stability has been a foreign topic for quite some time now. With a new incumbent head coach for three consecutive seasons, the Indians finally yield a returning leader in Regi Trotter this season for the first time since 2015.

After the Indians finished their 2018-19 campaign with a 2-8 record, Central head coach Regi Trotter knows success comes with a few growing pains.

“A lot of that came down to our football IQ. There were things that we made mistakes on last year that I don’t think we’ll make the same mistakes this year,” Trotter said. “Me being here a second year, the senior class this year has been together a long time. They’ve witnessed some adversity within this program and they’ve kind of grown through it. So it’s been good.”

Central senior center Wyatt Mort added adjusting to new head coaches for back-to-back seasons is not an easy task, but he believes it has benefitted the team in the end.

“If somebody’s got a problem with changing, they leave. That’s not the worker you want. You want somebody who’s here for the adversity, somebody that’s there for the struggle. So it’s been hard for us having several different head coaches, but it’s been good for us at the same time. We’ve learned a lot from it,” said Mort.

The Indians have garnered five straight losing seasons under their belt, with their last winning campaign coming from their 2013-14 season. But this time around, they’re looking to change that.

“We just want to constantly get better. We’ll come in the Saturday after a game and we’re going to look at the film and we’re going to say, “All right, this is what we need to fix and this is how we’re going to do it,” senior Quentin Trotter said.

Now that the team doesn’t have to learn a whole new playbook by Week 1, they have more time to focus on fixing small details in order to have a winning season.

“We really sat down and learned the game this offseason, and that’s something that our football IQ is not as high as I wanted it to be, so that was really a point of emphasis for this offseason,” Regi Trotter said.

Mort added, “We need to work out our mental stuff. We’re making a lot of mental errors in practice even sometimes in camps we’re messing up just little things that we can get ironed out just easy.”

Even though time will tell the fate of the Indians, the group relishes in the fact that they are working toward something greater.

“We’re trying to get the younger guys coached up. We’ve had a good young crew and it’s my last season, but we need other people to come and fill in. We want the younger guys to come in and put in work so that they can build a winning program,” said Mort. “We’re accepting them knowing that they’re younger and going to be the future of this Central football team.”

Central kicks off their 2019-20 season with a home opener on August 30 against Smithville.

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