Varsity Chargers open 2020 football  season against I-35 Friday night

Chariton quarterback Aidan Mundt throws a pass during a scrrimmage of the Chariton Varsity offtense vs. the Central Decatur Varsity defense Friday night.

The Chariton Varsity football team opens their season against the Interstate 35 Roadrunners at Reynolds Field in Chariton this Friday night. There is no freshman game this week and the Varsity game will start at 7:30 p.m.

Interstate 35 is in Class 1A and they’re a solid team that will be a formidable opponent against the Chargers.

“I-35 will be really solid and they’re a good team every year. They have a good coaching staff along with some good athletes,” Chariton Head Coach Curt Smyser said.

Coach Smyser said that I-35 is big up front and have four returning offensive linemen. They lost some good skill kids from last year along with their quarterback but they return a really good running back in #3 Logan Cassady, a junior who rushed for 546 yards on 77 carries and eight touchdowns as a sophomore last season.

“Cassady is fast and he runs really well. I-35 will be big up front and very physical,” Coach Smyser said.

Interstate 35 lost their quarterback from last season, Joey Bregar, to graduation. As a senior Bregar went 58-91 for 895 yards for nine touchdowns and nine interceptions last season. He was also third on their team in rushing with 374 yards and six touchdowns.

Coach Smsyer isn’t sure who I-35’s quarterback is this season, but he thinks they’ll run and throw the ball. “Defensively, we’re going to run a 3-4 defense with four linebackers. We think our linebackers are the strength of our defense and we have to get all four of those kids on the field,” Coach Smyser said.

Offensively, Coach Smyser said Chariton will have to work on their blocking up front this week in practice. They will try to get Sam Primakov carries in the game this Friday because he ran well in the scrimmage against Central Decatur this past Friday.

Read the August 25, 2020 edition of the Chariton Leader/Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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