Bayard first-year coach vows improvements
     2016-08-26      By Staff Report    editor@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Stephanie Barker The 2016 Bayard Football Team members are Caleb Skinner, Haden Scherbarth, Joe Ferrero, Tyler Baird. Second row, juniors Kolton Kriha (student manager), Colin Hendrickson, Alex Nelson, Bryce Burry, Mitch McKibbin, Dalton Harter, Ben Sauer (student manager). Third row, sophomores: Wyatt Fiscus, Lane Hargens, Jordon Mecklem, Payton Oliverius, Jake Dalbey, Dorry Cooper, Tanner Rafferty, and Dawson Kriha. Back row freshmen Jaden Serda, Brandon Neiger, Traeton Talton, Gordon Acosta, Sheldon Gibbons-Gonzales, and Gage Martin.  
The Bayard Tigers play in the B-8 District and Western Trails Conference. Last year, Bayard finished the season with a 2-7 records. The midseason and end-of-season goals are “to continually improve playing, to keep teaching the younger athletes their positions, and to take care of the football, and do all the little things right” said Head Coach Jacob Martin, who will be in his first year being head coach, and third year overall. Former head coach Randy McKibbin has decided to step back and let Martin take over, citing his other coaching duties which include wrestling and track.

Bayard’s roster list 25 players, but returns standout seniors Joe Ferrero at wide receiver and defensive back; Haden Scherbarth at lineman; juniors Bryce Burry at wide receiver and defensive back; Mitch McKibbin at quarterback and cornerback; and Dalton Harter at running back and linebacker; and sophomore Payton Oliverius at wide receiver and linebacker.

Jacob will rely on assistant offensive and defensive line coach Randy McKibbin; defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Zach Nesbitt; wide receivers and linebackers coach Mike Simons; and offensive coordinator and defensive backs Brandon Stuart.

Team Schedule

Aug. 26 at Mitchell, 7 p.m.

Sept. 2 Southeast, Wyo, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9 at Centura, 6 p.m.

Sept. 16 Southern Valley, 6 p.m.

Sept. 23 at Bridgeport, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30 NP St. Pats, 6 p.m.

Oct. 7 Kimball, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14 at Valentine, 6 p.m.

Oct. 21 Hershey, 6 p.m.

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