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TEAMS ACROSS THE STATE HIT THE PRACTICE FIELD TODAY FOR THE FIRST TIME ON THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL...
AND AS MATT LOTHROP REPORTS...
THE BEATRICE ORANGEMEN GOT TO WORK EARLY...
THE BEATRICE FOOTBALL TEAM WASTED LITTLE TIME IN GETTING FALL CAMP UNDERWAY.
BENEATH A MOON LIT SKY, AND IN FRONT OF A FEW FANS THE ORANGEMEN OPENED PRACTICE AT 12:01 MONDAY MORNING.
Head Coach Bob Sexton, "Some of the seniors came in and said hey we'd like to go under the lights and check the field out and so I think most high school kids this is normal hours for them."
SINCE TAKING OVER A DECADE AGO, BOB SEXTON HAS COACHED A MODEL OF CONSISTENCY.
SEXTON BELIEVES THAT CAN CONTINUE THIS FALL.
FIVE OFFENSEIVE STARTERS RETURN AS ALL–STATE PLACE KICKED ZACH DECKER SLIDES FROM RECEIVER TO QUARTERBACK.
Quarterback Zach Decker, "Me and Coach Schuester have been working on it during this winter and summer and it's just, I mean I've always played quarterback my whole life and I don't think it's going to be that much of a transition."
THE BACKFIELD FEATURS A NICE MIX OF TALENT, BUT INEXPERIENCE.
DAKOTA VANLANINGHAM WILL BE THE GO–TO GUY, AND WILL LEAD ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL.
A 3 YEAR STARTER AT LINEBACKER, VANLANINGHAM TOTALLED 62 TACKLES A YEAR AGO AND BELIEVES THIS DEFENSE COULD BE ONE OF THE BEST HE'S PLAYED ON.
Linebacker Dakota Vanlaningham, "We need to work on our secondary and get better pass coverage, but I think we'll have the best defense we've had in a while."
IF BEATRICE CAN AVOID THE INJURY BUG THAT BIT THEM IN 20–11, THE ORANGEMEN COULD KEEP PLAYING UNDER THE LIGHTS CLEAR INTO THE PLAYOFFS.