With every spring comes a fresh start for the Hernando County football teams, and no team is looking forward to putting last season behind them more than the Central Bears. After a disappointing year in which the Bears failed to win a district game and tallied a mere one win all season, Bears Head Coach Mike Einsphar remains positive for the upcoming campaign.
“When you’re trying to build a program like we are,” Einsphar said. “We use the spring game as a benchmark to evaluate things to work on and prepare ourselves for the start of the season.
According to Einsphar, now begins the time where last season gets put away for good and a clean slate begins.
“It’s good to turn the page” Einsphar said. “As for the upcoming season I think our goal needs be play 100 percent from start to finish consistently then we can get into the wins and losses.”
While graduating 12 seniors, including All-County selection Quadavis Battle a dangerous running back/kick returner, the Bears return key starters on offense including Quarterback Cole Teater who will look to enter a strong senior campaign.
“We are returning some skill players,” Einsphar said. “Obviously we lost a lot of expierence in the trenches, so getting consistent play from both lines will be a key.”
The first step to turning the page this season will be a strong showing for the Bears in their spring game against a Tavares team who struggled last season to a 2-8 record, including losing their last six games in a row.
“It’s been a short spring, three weeks instead of the usual four,” Einsphar said. “However, in my three years here, this group might be the most enthusiastic and hard working.”
The spring game gives Einsphar's squad it's first chance to work out the early kinks as well as give the skipper a chance to see his players play, as the Junior Varisty squad will play an early quarter while the Varsity will come on late and finish the game.
“The season started when last one ended.” Einsphar said. “The kids have been working hard are practice and in the weightroom this offseason.”
Einsphar went on to say that this spring game the most exciting in his tenure at Central, and getting off to a fast start in it would be great momentum to the season.
“Our kids have been working hard and are tired of hitting each other.” Einsphar said. “They are excited to get out there and see a different color jersey and go out there and play hard.”