Kearney has holes to fill, Koster returns

Kearney football players line up prior to sprinting across the field at Kearney High School, Aug. 7, 2017 (KHGI)

KEARNEY - Perhaps one of the most successful senior classes at Kearney High, at least when it comes to next level football, needs to be replaced.

Rudy Stofer went on to play at Wyoming. Noah Urbanek is suiting up with South Dakota State and so is Ben Dinkel. Brock Marlatt earned a preferred walk–on to New Mexico State.

All from one school.

The Bearcats aren't without kids who can suit up and play, there's just not a large number who have a lot of varsity experience. The stuff they're about to get plenty of in a hurry.

"The issue with the game experience that we lose going in to this season is the (junior varsity) guys, or the back-up guys from last year have been biting at the bit to kind of get going here," said head coach Brandon Cool. "Here is their opportunity."

"You learn from what they've done and you continue to practice and develop even as good as they were and get even better and prove yourself to everybody else," said senior lineman Lee Herrington.

Kanon Koster, along with Herrington, is one of only a few big names returning to the Bearcat roster. With his basketball career still hanging in the balance, as in he hasn't accepted any offers yet, there would certainly seem to be the chance he forego his senior season of football to sharpen the basketball skills.

"There's not a whole lot you can do during the fall, during football season, for basketball," Koster said. "There was never really a conversation I had with anybody about not playing football this year."

"He absolutely loves playing underneath the lights on Friday night," Cool says.

Koster and the Bearcats are the first team getting to play a football game on the new FieldTurf at Foster Field, Aug. 25 against Grand Island.

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