The Wyoming East Warriors got off to a rocky starting in 2016 losing five straight. Four of those teams went on to make playoffs. East finished the season winning three of their remaining five and that’s the kind of momentum that carried them in to the off season, but for Head Coach Donald Jewell, there really is no “off” season.
“Football is a year-round sport now, you’ve got to prepare for it,” Jewell said.
This season, the Warriors will play six of their games at home in front of a loud, “War Zone” crowd. That might turn out to be the difference-maker in a few of their games.
“It’s really important. I mean, these kids need confidence,” Jewell said. “And if we’re successful, and [the home crowd] sees a good brand of football, that makes the whole difference right there.”
“The schedule looks a little different this year for the Warriors, especially looking immediately at Week One.
“We got rid of Mingo… That was a tough game to open up with,” Jewell said. “I’m telling you, they were good every year. We picked up Fayetteville. Now, they had a great season last year. He lost 10 really good ball players. They’re well-coached, they’ll be prepared, they’ll execute real well, they’ll still be a tough team.”
It’s been a rough couple of years for East with back-to-back 3-7 seasons after their playoff trip in 2014. That is something Coach Jewell hopes to put an end to, and get back on top in the State.
“Our goal is not to lose any games, but that’s always every coach’s goal,” Jewell said. “But, we want to make the playoffs this year, and we feel like 8-2 will get you in the playoffs. So, that’s our goal.”
East will kick off the season at home against the Fayetteville Pirates on Friday August 25th at 7:30. Their rivalry game against the Westside Renegades is scheduled for Week Two – Friday, September 1st in New Richmond at 7:30.