After going 5-15 in his first two seasons rebuilding Central, head coach John Allen believes better results lie ahead this fall. "We have a strong ten seniors and 27 juniors that are pretty good. We feel like we have turned the corner."
Allen has also decided to drop the Wing T offense. "Last year, we were doing teams a favor by bunching everybody in there. So with the athletes we have in this junior class I knew was coming, and some sophomores that are going to be starting, I knew that people would have trouble catching us."
Now the Purple Pounders will be running the spread. Said Allen,"I was able to hire Coach Cook and Coach Carter to run the offense. They understand the no-huddle. I'm an old coach that runs the ball a lot. So I think it's going to give our athletes a better chance to compete."
Reporter-"What was your impression when coach came in and said we are going to run the no-huddle spread this season?" Said receiver Isyah Funk,"I was like, I've got to get conditioning. I may have to run a lot. We do some at the end of every practice called the Polk County Spankers."
Reporter-"In your words, what are the Polk County Spankers?" Said receiver Tre Tiller,"I'm going to say you run until you about pass out. It's like a suicide. You run 50-yards and go back. Run 100-yards and go back. Do that four times or four quarters, and then sometimes we go overtime."
Maybe the extra running will pay off down the stretch. Said Funk,"Last year was tough. We felt there were games we should have won but didn't. We couldn't finish in the fourth quarter, but it's going to change this year."