Mitchell Tigers ready to own the field
     2014-08-28      By Doug Harris    dougharris@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Doug Harris/Gering Citizen - The 2014 Mitchell Tigers football team members are, back row, from the left, Westyn Hooton, Bailey Branson, Ephraim Blanco, Justin Senkel, Garret Sterkel, Noah Hernadez, Cal Bosse, Thomas Riley, Trenton Strawder, Drew Gilliland, Wyatt Hooton, Wyatt McMillan, Colby Eberspecher, Ethan Einfalt Middle row, Rielly Resig, Casey Petersen, Ty Chasek, Antonio Guiterezz, Justin Spencer, Jeremey Peters, Drake Gilliland, Daryn Walters, Grant Snyder, Christian Perez, Marquis Droddy, Zac Swanson, Front row, Henry Adams, Alex Flores, Rakem Gage, Braydon Wedaimen, Seth Marcoe, Dawson Refschnieder Not pictured: Hunter Craig, Jake Flowers, Brandon Brown, Coaching staff Chris Bailey, Joe Yauney, Anthony Chancellor, Jayson Gregory 
Head coach Chris Bailey said the Tigers are looking good as they approach the 2014 season. With six returning seniors the team is sure to display plenty of experience as they tackle their schedule. Coach Bailey said the returning players are Garrett Sterkel, Marquis Droddy, Ephraim Blanco, Henry Adams and Thomas Riley.

“We have had the best fall camp in my four years of being the head coach,” Bailey said. “The boys are working hard, have a good attitude, and have stayed injury free.”

Mitchell will be facing Bayard in their opening game, which will be played in Mitchell this Friday night.

Fans can expect a real ‘Tiger Fight’ as both teams claim the Tiger name and logo.

“Bayard is a quality team and opponent,” Bailey said. “We will have to play hard, be confident, and compete hard in order to win.”

Bailey said he felt his team was up for the challenge.

“Our speed and size are very athletic this year,” he said. “We are looking forward to opening night.”

Several returning juniors will also be starting Friday night including third year quarterback Drew Gilliland. Along with Gilliland will be Wyatt McMillan (lineman); Cal Bosse (lineman); Braydon Wedaimen (linebacker) and Justin Senkel (lineman).

“Drew is a dual threat quarterback,” Bailey said. “He can run as well as pass. He was our starter last year and he’s pretty good. He was our leading rusher last year.”

The Tigers also gained a new senior in Rakem Gage who will join up and coming rushers juniors Seth Marcoe, Christian Perez, and Abe Hernandez.

Bailey said he expected a good year for senior lineman Garret Sterkel and three sophomore lineman starters Trenton Strawder, Baily Branson and Noah Hernadez.

“Special teams are also looking good,” Bailey added. “We have lots of speed and that helps. The kids are all super coachable and they are doing great.”

This will be Coach Bailey’s fourth year leading the Tigers. He formally coached at Morrill High School and in Colorado, where at Yuma High School his team took the state championship.

Mitchell Tigers Football schedule

Friday, Aug 29, 7 p.m. Home vs. Bayard
Friday, Sept 5, 7 p.m. (CST) at Gothenburg
Friday, Sept 12, 7 p.m. Home vs. Kimball
Friday, Sept 19, 7:30 p.m. at Lingle-Fort Laramie
Friday, Sept 26, 6 p.m. at Gordon-Rushville
Friday, Oct 3, 7 p.m. (Homecoming) vs. Chadron
Friday, Oct 10, 7 p.m. at Ogallala
Friday, Oct 24, 7 p.m. Home vs. Chase County Schools
Tuesday, Nov 25 Open Date (State Finals) Away vs. TBA






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