Neosho aims to rebound, build on summer momentum

The Wildcat are looking to bounce back from a 2-8 season in 2019.

The Neosho Wildcats are in the middle of their first week of practice.

“Energy has been high,” says senior Drayke Perry, “We’re all ready. We’re ready to hit somebody else besides our teammates.”

The Wildcats are looking to bounce back from a 2-and-8 season, and it started this summer in the weight room.

“Our commitment this summer has probably been…the best since I’ve been here,” says head coach Leon Miller.

“It really just shows who you can count on,” senior Kaden Decker says of summer weights, “It really builds that trust factor, especially as seniors seeing the underclassmen and these guys who you’re not always sure about. They’re coming in every single day, and that just makes you feel really good about the way the season is going to go.”

Neosho will have plenty of new faces, with just four returning starters on each side of the ball.

They’ll be led on the field by seniors Drayke Perry and Kaden Decker.

“Those two guys probably bring back the most varsity experience of anybody we’ve got on our team this year,” Miller says, “We expect those guys to be our leaders.”

“I’ve been a part of teams where there’s been a ton of leadership,” Decker adds, “and especially as a younger guy, it makes the game so much easier (to have that).”

With a little more than two weeks until game one, the Wildcats are excited to get started, and excited to show off their new turf field in their season opener against Republic.

“We haven’t got to get on it yet,” Perry says, “We’re ready though.”

“It definitely changes the way that you feel, having a nice facility like that that’s yours,” Decker finishes, ” When you’re going and playing on other teams facilities like that, it feels good to have it yourself.”

Neosho’s season opener will be at home, facing the Republic Tigers on August 28th.