High School Football Returns TonightIt has been forty-three weeks since the Salem Wildcat football team last
took the field and scored the lone win of the 2012 season.
has been fifty-two weeks since the 60th Annual Shrine Game. From there,
the Centralia Orphans went undefeated in the regular season, winning the
South Seven title outright, before a loss to Jacksonville in the first
round of the playoffs. The Wildcats were winless in the Apollo
Conference and finished 1-8.
But there has been a renewed sense of energy at Salem High, and practices have improved from the outset.
Junior quarterback Coleton Harness discussed what he worked on in the off season.
worked on my footwork a lot, and getting my hips turned, getting turned
to the ball and making good passes to my wide receivers."
a second-year starter at quarterback, has been looking at the Wildcat
defenders for a couple weeks, and is encouraged by what he sees.
excited about this year. We have a lot of energy on defense. And I'm
just excited. I'm just going to keep my head focused."
Seth Crain, who plays tight end as well as safety, knows the Orphans
graduated a lot of talent, but says the burden is still on the Wildcats
to go out and show they want the game more.
"There's a lot of
confidence going in there, that they lost a lot of people and we have a
lot of people returning. But we still have to go in there and decide
whether we really want it or not. We have to go in there and fight our
The 61st Annual Shrine Game between Salem and Centralia kicks off from Jim Finks Field at 7:30. Gates open at 6:30.
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