Roughriders head coach feels this team has what it takes to make playoffs

Barry Bowman brings a 96-40 win loss record into 2018 season

The Center High School Roughriders and their head coach Barry Bowman will be heading into some uncharted territory this season with high hopes of being a playoff contender.

District realignment will see the squad take on some new foes in District 9-4A Division II.

In my 30 years of coaching I have never lined a team up against Tarkington, Shepherd or Huntington,” Bowman said of three-of-the teams the Riders will face in district in late October and early November. The fourth team, Jasper, is a little more familiar, he said.

Each one of these programs are on the rise and improving,” Bowman said. “And a couple have new head coaches so their kids are really going to be excited.”

Jasper is expected to provide Center with an end-of-season challenge.

We have Jasper as our last ball game,” he said. “They’re extremely athletic this year and they always are.”

Bowman said he is not in the business of trying to predict how the season will end up.

I’m not one to speculate on how we’re going to finish or where we’re going to finish,” he said. “But we would like to be one of the teams to make the playoffs.”
And Bowman thinks his 2018 squad has what it takes to be there.

Do we have the capability to be one of those playoff teams?” Bowman said. “Yes, we do. But we have to go out and play and execute each and every week.”

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