By Brad Mosher
There will be somebody new on the sidelines this season guiding the Killdeer Cowboys in their quest for a regional playoff berth in 2019.
It will still be a familiar face when the football players start official practice Aug. 12.
Andrew Cook has already been going through the morattorium restrictions with his new team.
“It started on the first (Aug. 1). They could come in and lift… and we could supervise. They can run on their own, but we can’t do anything else with them,” he said recently.
“It (the moratorium) won’t be that much different than the rest of the summer,” he added.
The school had an open weight room with workouts posted on the wall for the players who wanted to prepare as much as possible for the new season, accordin to Cook, who also is the elementary principal at the school.
With school yet to start and official practices still in the future, the new coach said that the new team will be a young team.
“We have only three seniors right now. There are some who say they are going to play, but I won’t count them until I see the whites of their eyes,” the coach said. “It could be more… or it could just be those three guys that we have.”
So far, depth may be a problem for the 2019 Cowboys, he said. “We are not very deep, so injuries could really hurt us.
“We will have a lot of sophomores who will be playing. Our sophomore class has a lot of kids who are pretty committed to the program.
“We will be young and inexperienced, but at our leadership positions, we have guys that have been there for a while,” the coach said.
He has several players wanting to take over at quarterback for Dylan Tabor, who graduated.
But he currently sees only one player stepping right in. “Zach Anderson. He is going to only play quarterback, but we run a spread offense. So we will run him,” the coach said. “He will have more than enough chances to run.”
In the 2018 season, Anderson was part of a potent ground attack for the Cowboys.
Line looks strong
The offensive line is looking pretty good going into the season, Cook said.
“We had two kids move in from Utah that have both shown they are good players. They are committed to the program. Dylan and Colby Asay will be a big part of it (the line).” Dylan is a senior and Colby is a sophomore.
They are not the only transfer to help out the Cowboys.
“We also had a kid move in who was all-region last year at Heart River. Ethan Jepson wrestled for us last year and was on the track team,” the coach added.
“He will play guard for us. Jepson is a sophomore.”