By Chris Palmquist
Hartington, NE—Hartington Cedar Catholic Head Coach Chad Cottau made a gutsy call in the state championship in 2009. In overtime, he went for two and the win, and lost to the Trojans' rivals, Ponca.
HCC has been trying to get back to Lincoln since then, and many people around the state say this could be the year for the Trojans.
The Trojans return five starters and nearly thirty letter-winners from last season. All-State lineman Connor Wieseler will be protecting returning quarterback Taylor Kathol and opening holes for running back Ryan Becker, who ran for over 1,000 yards last year.
Even though the Trojans have a brutal schedule, HCC has talent and depth that schools across all of C-2 envy.
"We really feel that we're good enough that if things go our way and we stay healthy, that we could possibly be there to make a run at the end of the year," Cottau said.
There was one weakness, however, that Cottau was quick to point out.
"If they can overcome coaching," he said, "I think they'll be okay."
HCC begins its quest for the state championship on September 6 when they travel to Oakland-Craig.