Three days into football practice, Nooksack Valley coach Robb Myhre may only have one or two starting spots solidified since graduating countless key seniors a season ago, but Myhre certainly likes the makeup of his team.
“They are a really hardworking group,” Myhre said. “A larger group of kids have spent more time in the weight room this year than we ever had, and so they are really interested in working hard. They know there are a million open positions. We keep telling them if you want to compete, step up and compete.”
Nooksack Valley finished 5-5, winning its last three games of the season, but the Pioneers only have five seniors and are largely inexperienced.
Senior Joe McNeely will look to step in at quarterback and replace Tanner Myhre, who graduated last spring. But sophomore Casey Bauman should push McNeely for reps. Others to watch include Colton Kautz, who should get a strong look at running back, lineman Alex Boots, Luke Winter, Kirk Veldman and Kyle Veldman.
The Pioneers face another brutal schedule and open with Anacortes at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, in Everson.