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Yates Center off to a hot start

YATES CENTER, Ks. – The Yates Center Wildcats are off to a hot start this season. The Wildcats are 3-0 for the first time since 1969.

“It’s pretty cool to do this in a small town,” says senior Sean Hurst.

“I’ve been most impressed by our resiliency,” says head coach Ryan Panko.  “We seem to be getting better as the year goes on.”

Yates Center, isn’t just beating their opponents, they are winning by large margins. They are averaging over 50 points per game.

“We’ve got an up-tempo, no-huddle offense,” Panko says. “Not a lot of teams, if any, have seen what we run before. We really don’t give the defense any time to breathe.”

The Wildcats defense is complimenting their offensive effort.

“Over the summer we worked on some schemes, some x’s and o’s to remedy our past defensive struggles, and it’s been showing up this year in a big way.”

“We’re just clicking on both sides of the ball,” Hurst says.

Led by upperclassmen, the Wildcats are on their way to turning the program around after going winless in 2019.

“The juniors and seniors now were starting as freshmen and sophomores and getting beat week in and week out,” Panko says. “That experience hardened them up. Now, they’re not just football players, they’ve become students of the game. They’ve been getting after it in the weight room the last couple of years too. They’re game ready. They’re ready to go. It doesn’t surprise me that we’re 3-0 at this point in the season.”

Yates Center will face Oswego at home this Friday.

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