It has become an annual tradition that the Comanche Indians face off against the Frederick Bombers and for week zero, the two teams will meet again but this time with Comanche having a new coach.
Coach Casy Rowell has been an assistant for the Indians the last several years and was hired to be the new head coach in 2019. He said he is ready to lead the program to Frederick.
A year ago, the Comanche Indians lost 38-6 in the week zero game and for his team that had their lone scrimmage at home last week, Rowell liked what he saw of his 2019 team.
“I thought our team played with great effort, we played tough, the kids had a really great attitude and we made some miscommunications on offense as I expected,” Rowell said. “For the most part we were able to run the ball and that is one thing I wanted to see so I was really pleased with how the offense performed. On the defensive side our guys really stepped up and we didn’t give up any scores and they played really good. They all flew to the football and they seemed pretty disciplined and I am really happy about the scrimmage.”
With a full week of practice this week, the Indians coach said they have made some tweaks to what he saw in the scrimmage and Rowell has had his team working all week to focus on Frederick.
“We have had some struggles with our snaps in the scrimmage and we have also had some trouble knowing who exactly to block,” Rowell said. “They came out and gave us some different looks than we expected so we had to adjust to that, but those are some of the things that we have worked on in practice and I feel like we have gotten a lot better in those areas and be improved in those areas.”
The Indians will look to start the year off with a 1-0 record and will have a bye in week one before returning home against Healdton in week two.
Rowell, who has seen the Bombers play over the last several years, said he hopes his team and the many seniors in the class, he hopes to see them succeed to start the 2019 season.
“I think Frederick will be a great team. They will be tough to beat and they have been consistent throughout the years,” Rowell said. “We respect them and know what they are capable of and I know our guys will go out and play hard and they are going to give their best effort. When you have guys out there going as hard as they can, I feel like we will be disciplined on the field and hopefully have a good attitude out there. I think the results and the score will take care of itself and I know we will compete hard.”
Game time will be this evening at 7:30 p.m. at Frederick High School with the first home game of the season being at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 against Healdton High School.