Same Leadership, Different Approach
The official start date for the Wildcat football season was Monday, August 1, with practice beginning early that morning. Yorktown is a part of District 14 2A - Division II that includes Burton, Falls City, Somerville, Snook, Louise, and Runge. There will be some new competition this season as several of the teams were not matched against each other previously. Falls City was the district champion last year and is predicted by Dave Campbell’s Magazine to be district runner-up to Burton. This prediction may seem surprising to some as Falls City defeated Burton last season in the regional finals.
However, this projection is in large part due to the Beavers graduating every skill player from their state finalist roster. Yorktown is penciled to take the third slot, while Somerville is predicted to make the playoffs as fourth. Burton’s Carson Lauter was named Preseason Offensive MVP and Elisha Ermis from Falls City was declared Preseason Defensive MVP.
The Wildcats will continue to be under the direction of athletic director, Coach John David Caffey as he returns for his seventh year.
In recent years, the Wildcat game plan has included a heavy passing offense, but this season looks to capture yards on the ground by utilizing Gabe Latta as running back. Dave Campbell’s magazine stated, “Yorktown will be inexperienced at the QB position and will likely rely more on the running game, led by Latta.” Last season, he recorded 693 yards and 9 touchdowns, averaging 57.8 yards per game.
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