FRANKLIN GROVE – Ashton-Franklin Center football failed to find the win column in 2018, and has high hopes for a return to form in 2019.
The Raiders brought an inexperienced group to the field last season, but now has returners coming back who know what it takes to play NUIC football. A-FC prides itself on an option-oriented offense, and will add some new wrinkles when they have the ball this year.
“We’re still going to try to run first. If we’re in a position this year where if we need to, we have guys who can throw the ball too,” says head coach Brad Winterland. “Hopefully we can keep defenses more off balance, establisht he run first and then go from there.”
“We return nine guys on offense and defense, you can definitely tell people are more confident,” says senior quarterback Ethan Drew.
“It’s the NUIC, it’s one of the toughest in the state,” Winterland added. “The big thing we’re preaching to our guys is it’s the game of football and it doesn’t care what happened last year. Whether you win or lose, it’s a new year. We’ve seen growth from our kids and that’s the biggest thing we’re looking at.”
A-FC begins its new season on the road in NUIC play against East Dubuque.