LITTLE RIVER — The Little River football team is adapting quickly to new coach Chad Lafferty.
Lafferty has taken over for Paul Dold, who had been with the program for the past 20 years, first as an assistant and then as the head coach as he succeeded the legendary Shane Cordell.
“The first two weeks of practice have went fairly well, kids are picking up on the new material and working hard,” Lafferty said. “I think I could use another 2 to 3 weeks of practice before feeling totally ready for a game, but I think the kids are getting excited for the first game.”
The Redskins open up their season on Friday against Centre in Lost Springs.
“They are typically a very physical team and we have to be able to stop them from running the ball directly at us, we need them to run the ball side-to-side to enable us to get more players to the ball,” Lafferty said. “They have a new coach, so I’m not 100 percent sure what to expect, but that goes for about everyone in the first game of the year.”
With quarterback Clay Zeller having graduated, Lafferty said leadership roles need to be assumed.
“Our seniors have stepped up to be leaders," he said. "We are not a real vocal group, but most of our leaders lead by example and as long as their example is 100 percent all-out every play I'm OK with a quieter group of guys if we can get the job done on Fridays.”