BOONVILLE, Mo. (KMIZ)
Boonville football is coming off of their best record in Coach Greg Hough's era last season at 8-3, but with some recent talent graduating they're entering July working to find the best 11 to put on the field.
Coach Hough said as they transition from the weight room to the football field, he believes in his team to master the basics and play hard for each other to find success.
"One of the biggest challenges going into the to the year just like every team is we as a staff, what do we need to do schematically to make sure you know our best 11 kids are on the field," Hough said.
Despite losing several athletes that continued their football careers at the next level, including Mizzou linebacker DJ Wesolak, Hough says his young talent is ready to step into bigger roles.
"We had a lot of guys that we returned this year on our team that played as sophomores during times when we were winning ballgames. I don't think people realize the impact that they had on our team," Hough said.
"Those kids have grown. Those kids have also been challenged by some of the new kids and then honestly some of the older kids that have improved in the offseason," he added.
As Hough works to find his starting core, he says every player has an impact on his team.
"This is a team game and we need them all. So from top to bottom we hope all of our kids get great reps, they get a ton of reps and they get better each day," Hough said.
Boonville will open up the season at Marshall on Sep. 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Watch the full interview with Coach Hough in the player above.