The Alpine Fightin’ Bucks went 2-1 in district play last season, before bowing out in the first round of the playoffs. Most of the core from that team has now graduated.
“Our seniors that left us last year were the seniors for the last two years, so they’re stepping into that leadership role,” said head coach John Fellows of Alpine’s returning players. “They did a good job for us in 7-on-7 for us this year. I think they’re going to do a good job for us.”
The Bucks have replaced last year’s large senior class with another solid group of upperclassmen.
“We’re starting out with another new quarterback. Running back, we should be pretty solid and we have three returning linemen,” Fellows said. “Most of the skill spots are going to be what we’re going to be looking at.”
While stepping new leadership roles is a work-in-progress, the team seems to be getting along better than ever.
“When the chemistry’s higher, you play better because you’re not nervous or anything,” said senior running back/linebacker Travis Ruckman. “We have each other’s backs.”
“This year, it’s like we’re brothers,” said senior safety Justin Miller. “I’d go all-out for these guys. They’re all my brothers.”
“Their chemistry seems to be huge this year,” said Fellows. “These guys enjoy being out here together. They actually enjoy practice so it’s been fun to watch, fun to coach.”