All the pieces in place for Trojans to compete

Chris Dobrowolski

CENTRAL LAKE — The first two years of Chase Hibbard’s tenure as Central Lake-Ellsworth football coach were spent laying the foundation for success.

This season the Trojans are looking to capitalize.

Central Lake-Ellsworth has its highest expectations going into a season since Hibbard took over in 2019, with several explosive options available on offense who have gained key experience early in their careers returning. It helps too, that the Trojans finished last year strong, putting up 130 points in three of their last four games — the fourth being a forfeit — after scoring just 20 total in the first three weeks.

“Last year we had a very young, inexperienced team,” said Hibbard. “Lots of potential for sure. We lost three seniors. The majority of our team is juniors and sophomores. Last year our sophomores who played as freshmen had a lot of potential. For some of the kids, playing varsity as freshmen can be a little overwhelming but these kids have really matured. They’ve made huge strides from last year. We have lots of talent this year. I think we’re more athletic than we ever have been since I’ve been coaching. We have some really good playmakers. We’re still developing and we’re still building a foundation, but for the most part I think we’ll be relatively decent. We have a lot of athletes. A lot of kids who want to play football.”

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