Central Plains must overcome losses to repeat at 8M-I Champions

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Central Plains enter the 2019 season as the defending Eight Man Division I champions. To repeat they will need to handle a tough schedule with only a few returning starters on both sides of the ball.

Central Plains defeated Solomon 52-6 to win the KSHSAA 8 Man D1 State Championship Football Game at Fischer Field in Newton on Saturday, November 24, 2018. (Photo: Everett Royer, www.ksportsimages.com)

Coach Chris Steiner starts his fifteenth season as a coach in Claflin, and his ninth year as the head coach. He begins the year with 20 players on his team.

This year's team is anchored by Seniors Lawson Oeser and Jared Bieberle. The two work in tandem with Bieberle running fullback and blocking for the tailback, Oeser. Bieberle also lead the team in receptions last year.

While only two defensive and three offensive starters return, many of the other returning players have seen game time in previous seasons. This season, those players will be called on to take a more full time role on the team.

"We start the season out the gate with Ness City and Victoria," said Coach Steiner. "We are working on timing and mesh points as we get ready for the first game. Our defense is built around communication and it still a little rough right now.

"In my nine years here, we've never had a soap scrimmage. We were worried about injuries and the gap between our ones and twos. Having a soap scrimmage last year could have helped us with Ness City," said Coach Steiner. "We look forward to the jamboree to give all of our kids a chance to play and work out some things."

Central Plains Schedule
9/6 - Ness City
9/13 - @ Victoria
9/20 - @ Kinsley
9/27 - Little River
10/4 - @ St. John
10/11 - Skyline
10/18/ - @ Moundridge
10/25 - Macksville