CHILLICOTHE, TX (KAUZ) - We continue our look at District 9-1A Division II with a look at the Chillicothe Eagles. Last year's district runners-up lost a strong senior class, but they think they can keep things rolling.
"Well, you know we had five seniors graduate, other than that we don't have any changes," said head coach Clint Miller. "So, we're pretty good, keeping our coaching staff the same."
Coach Miller is entering his fourth season at the helm of the Eagles, which means the kids all know what to expect, and he knows what to expect from them.
"Thing is, we don't really have any new kids," Miller said. "They've all been in the system since they were in the 7th grade. My senior class were 8th graders when I got here, so they're the only class that doesn't have 5 years' experience [with me]. They have four, but other than that, it should be the same."
He says the leadership will come from where you'd expect it to.
"It should be our senior class again," he said. "They've done a great job this summer. They've had all the kids up at the football field in the weight room. And you know, you kinda have to lean on them a little bit, hope that they can continue to do what you need them to do."
Coach Miller says looking around the district, there's no surprise what his team needs to do to get into the postseason.
"Crowell's definitely going to have the advantage over everybody else in the district," he said of the reigning district champs and state semifinalists. "Northside's going to have a new coach again. Harrold is going to fight numbers again. So you know we feel like we've got an inside shot, maybe, to get that second spot."
They'll get 4 of their first 6 games of the year at home, which is also where they'll face Crowell. All in all, it's a favorable schedule for the Eagles.
"You know, we're going to have the same non-district schedule, basically," Miller said. "We had to do a few little changes here and there. We had a team [Fort Elliott] that's not going to be playing football this year, but we'll be playing the same teams. You know, we're excited about it. We feel like we've got a possibility to have some success, and maybe continue that streak of getting into the playoffs."
The Eagles open their season at home, September 1st against the Wichita Christian Stars.
Chillicothe Eagles 2017 Schedule
Sept. 1 vs Wichita Christian, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 8 vs Higgins, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 at Saint Jo, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 at Wichita Falls Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 29 vs Motley County, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 vs Paint Creek, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 13 at Rotan, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 20 BYE
Oct. 27 vs Crowell, 7:30 p.m.*
Nov. 3 vs Northside, 7:30 p.m.*
Nov. 9 at Harrold, 7:30 p.m.* (Thursday, if Harrold plays this season)