SPARTA — The Highland football team is going back to the basics.
The Scots lost 24 seniors to graduation from last year’s 9-3 team, and because of that large turnover, there’s an awful lot of holes to fill on the varsity squad.
“It’s been very challenging trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle together,” said Highland football coach Chad Carpenter. “We’ve got a lot of holes to fill and a lot of questions that need answered. The first part of two-a-days, we’ve tried to find the answers to those questions. We’ll see how it plays out.”
While there may be a lot of questions, Carpenter is still excited about how things have gone in the team’s first full week of practice.
“The kids are getting better every day,” he said. “We’ve got outstanding kids. They are very coachable. The older kids have worked real hard and are trying to teach the younger ones as well.
“Each day we’re building something new and getting better. How fast we retain it will determine how far we’ll go.”
This year’s squad has 44 players, a bit low for Highland standards. But, the team has been working out this summer, attending camps and doing things to get ready for the fall.