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Varsity starting experience limited at Kearney

Kearney senior Davis Skiles makes a one-handed catch during an Aug. 6, 2018 practice. (KHGI)

For those making it out to a Kearney High School game this fall, there might be a need to pick up a program.

The Bearcats graduated 28 players off last year's Class A runner–up roster, with Kearney returning a grand total of two starters.

The ‘Cats opened up fall practice with a three hour session Monday morning and then a walk–through in the afternoon.

Out of the many positions up for grabs, there's none bigger, or more important, than the hole under center after losing Mr. Do-It-All, Kanon Koster.

"Anytime you lose a kid like Kanon, an athlete of the year, you just try to bring up the next crew," head coach Brandon Cool said.

The coach, entering his 18th year at Kearney, is counting on some of the young bucks to grab the bull by the horns.

"Brayden Miller (senior) and Colin Murray (junior) will be the two guys that we'll look at to compete for that starting quarterback spot," said Cool. "Brayden Miller came in for a couple of games last year when Kanon was injured, so he's got some experience, and Colin did a good job of commanding our sophomore offense."

Kearney, having won six of the last 10 regular season meetings with their biggest rivals, once again opens up the 2018 season against Grand Island, with a trip to Memorial Stadium set for Aug. 24.

The Islanders with a slight lead in the showdown more recently, coming up victorious in three of the last five regular season meetings. Kearney did win a 2016 Class A first-round playoff game, the start of three straight wins by Kearney.

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