(Park Hills) The Central Rebel football team is primed for another strong season. Head coach Kory Schweiss is entering year 20 at the helm of the Rebels. He feels good about the prospects of this group as long as they can stay healthy.
One returning player everyone will have their eye on is Jobe Bryant. The senior racked up 2,287 all-purpose yards and 30 total touchdowns last season, breaking the Central High School single-season scoring record in the process with 188 points. Bryant is a tremendous all-around athlete, and he’s also the backup quarterback to senior Casen Murphy. Coach Schweiss says Bryant has been getting more reps at QB this summer while continuing to grow in every other facet of the game.
Murphy is a Class Three first-team all-state quarterback and two-time baseball Dream Team Player of the Year. If he isn’t fully recovered, Bryant could get more run at quarterback to begin the season. No matter the quarterback, Bryant, along with seniors Kannon Harlow and Caden Casey, should find their way into the nightly box score.
The Rebels will have plenty of experience in the trenches. All-state lineman Evan Weiss and Triston Stewart graduated in the spring, but senior Sammy Callaway made second-team all-state last year and is one of three starters returning to the offensive line.
Jaxon Jones will get a lot of attention this year. The junior dealt with injuries of his own last season but still managed to make first-team all-state as a linebacker. Coach Schweiss says Jones looks good this summer.
According to Schweiss, the Rebels could have one of the best defensive backfields in the state.
Coach Schweiss mentioned a couple of younger players that could make their way onto the varsity field this fall.
The Rebels open their season at Poplar Bluff on Friday, August 25th.