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The Carthage Press
  • GAME NIGHT: Sarcoxie led by trio of seniors, now in Class 1

  • The 2014 Sarcoxie Bears football team will hope to carry over much of the success of last season into this year’s squad. Head coach Luke Rader will enter his fifth season as head coach of Sarcoxie. The Bears finished last season with a 9-2 overall record finishing at 7-1 in the Spring River Valley Conference. Sarcoxie l...
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  • The 2014 Sarcoxie Bears football team will hope to carry over much of the success of last season into this year’s squad. Head coach Luke Rader will enter his fifth season as head coach of Sarcoxie. The Bears finished last season with a 9-2 overall record finishing at 7-1 in the Spring River Valley Conference. Sarcoxie lost many outstanding players to graduation and will have to rely on this year’s seniors, Gavin Curry, Bryce Dobbs and Taylor Lambeth to lead the way.  
    Curry, a three-year letterman, will play quarterback and defensive back.
    “I’ve been playing quarterback since eighth grade”, Curry said a week ago. “We are excited to get to the jamboree and compete against other teams. This team has worked hard all summer long. We have been getting better everyday.”
    Bryce Dobbs is a two-year letterman on the offensive and defensive line.
    “My goal is to be the best teammate I can be,” Dobbs explained. “I love football because it is such a fun team sport. This team always sticks together as a group.  We are very close and we have been working very hard. I think we will be good.”
    Taylor Lambeth, the final senior on the squad, will play offensive and defensive line.
    “We can’t wait to strap it up and play,” Lambeth explained. “We are getting better each practice. Our goal is to play good every game.”
    “We only have three seniors, but we have three great young men that lead by example,” Rader said. “I have been really happy with the entire team. “They have really come together and worked together. This is a great group of people to work with.”
    Sarcoxie has been competing in Class 2 for the pasts four seasons and has been assigned to the same district as the Lamar Tigers, who have morphed into a perennial power. However, this year the Bears will drop to Class 1.
    “We will still be in a very challenging district,” Rader explained. “There will be some very good teams in our district.”
    The Bears will open the regular season at home against the Jasper Eagles on Aug. 22. Last season, Jasper handed Sarcoxie its only conference defeat, 22-14. Sarcoxie had a 14-0 lead at halftime, but allowed three unanswered second-half touchdowns by the Eagles.  
    “We felt like we let one get away last season, and we know they will be very good this year,” Rader said. “But, I believe the entire conference will be very competitive this season. I think it will be a lot like college football in that there could be upsets every week. There is not a week you can look at the schedule and count on a win. That will make for a very exciting year. Even though we will be young overall, I think we can be competitive. Our goal is to get better every week.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Rader is assisted by Kory Gordon, Zach Staples and Matt Beaver.

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