TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – It’s back.

“It’s football season so it’s always a good time. I’m excited, ”said Torrey Horak, Rossville senior quarterback. “I know the guys are excited.”

It’s time to start.

“It means a lot to us because we have a lot of new faces here,” said Silver Lake running back Gannon Remer. “We have a bunch of freshmen and we’re all here learning and we’re just trying to improve on each other.”

Fall sports athletes returned to the training grounds for the first time this year. It’s time to get back to work in the hopes of bringing home a state title.

“Obviously that’s still the goal, but especially after winning last year,” said Horak. “I think that’s where we set our goals.

“I love being with the guys. I love the sport, ”said Brody Lietz, Rossville offensive lineman. “And stay hungry and win another title I guess.”

Any team destined to be great has to have equally great chemistry.

“Team chemistry is very important,” said Derick Hammes, Rossville head coach. “No matter how many kids come back, it’s a new team. And this is something that needs to be developed. The identity of a team. This chemistry and this identity is something that has to happen.

Building that momentum was a challenge in 2020. As the world battled COVID-19, the restrictions made team building a challenge.

“I feel good,” Daigan Kruger, Silver Lake senior quarterback. “Much less regulations, especially in locker rooms and classrooms. A much closer community than we were last year. Everyone has made their way last year.

Now, a more open environment leads to a better connection.

“Now back in session, it’s all together and all is one so it feels good.” Kruger said.

“It’s good to be surrounded by the boys more because the closer we are, I feel the better we play and I hope we will have more than 8 games this year.” said Remer.

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