CENTERBURG — The Centerburg Trojans take on Lucas Cubs in Friday’s home opener, hoping to atone for last week’s disappointing 15-14 loss on the road at Cardington.
The defense made a good showing last Friday while the offense had a good first half and some good drives along with some errors.
“We’re just trying to learn from Week 1,” said Centerburg coach Jim Stoyle, who makes his home coaching debut on Friday. “We really beat Cardington everywhere but on the scoreboard. Everything we saw in the films were correctable mistakes. We’re pretty focused, we’ve got good senior leadership and they’re doing a nice job for us, which is important. I think that the kids are excited to play at home. They can’t wait to get on the field in front of our fans.”
The Trojans (0-1) can ill-afford to make any miscues against the experienced Cubs (1-0).
“(Lucas is) a senior-dominated team,” said Stoyle, who isn’t the only head coach making his Centerburg debut on Friday. Former Centerburg assistant football coach Scott Spitler will be at the helm for the Cubs, facing his old team. “Coach Spitler has done a real nice job up there. They got a good win on Week 1 (28-6 over Plymouth) so it’s not going to be easy. They’ve got a good football team.”
Of course, Spitler was also the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets head coach from 2005 to 2007.
“My experiences at both Mount Vernon and at Centerburg were very pleasurable,” said Spitler. “They both have good communities and good kids and it is a part of my life I will always treasure. Now, my focus is here at Lucas and making sure that we take care of our business on Friday night.”
“(Spitler is) a good coach and he works hard to get his team ready in the off-season,” said Stoyle. “He has brought some excitement and enthusiasm back to Lucas. From what we have seen on film and in person, they’re a good football team.”