The West Central Area/Ashby Knights football team finished 4-5 in their first year they were combined. They graduated twenty seniors from that squad, includingJake Larkin who is playing for UM-Crookston this season. Third year head coachJon Moore will be assisted by Eric Schoenbauer, Nate Wood, Andy Peterson,Peter Nelson, Casey Stokesbary, Mike Flint and Bill Aufdenkamp.
Returning starters include seniors Cole Redepenning (LB/WR, RB), Jake Drechsel (LB/RB), Caden Fernholz (CB/WR, RB), Jake Combs (OT/DE), Chase Kamrath (G/DT), and junior Ross Anderson (QB).
Key newcomers for the Knights include senior Nate Cook (S/WR), juniors Brady Sabolik (S/WR, RB), Parker Clavin (WR,RB/CB, S, LB) and sophomore Tanner Bennett (wherever needed).
"We are a young team this year with many of our starters being juniors, but they are a strong group," reported Coach Moore. "They have strong hearts and a good work ethic. We have a strong group of players in the specialty areas and in our linebacker/secondary areas on defense. Our line will be young, with many new additions. Our offense has been modifed to accommodate our smaller size on the line. We also are returning most of our coaching staff with the addition of one. Consistency in coaching will be a strength this year as we have had a lot of turnover in the past."
Moore says Otter Tail Central is the team to beat in Section 6AA.