Cobblers ready for first game under new head coach

The Rapid City Central football team is gearing up for its first game of the season on Friday. Not only will the Cobblers have several new players on the field, but they will also have a new head coach this year.

Erik Iverson takes over for Rob Sales who resigned last spring.

A former quarterback for Rapid City Central, Iverson inherits a team that finished 3-7 last season. Since Iverson was a long time assistant coach for the Cobblers, he says it’s been an easy transition for both the coaches and the players.

"It took a while for the kids to get use to my way of things and not the old way of doing things," coach Erik Iverson said. "So it took a month or so for them to kind of get ‘Okay we are having a new coach.’ Some of the same things of what we did before. Some of the things we changed a little bit. But right now, it’s all good." 

"It’s been really smooth," Central running back Carter Deming said. "We respect him. We like what he’s got going on and everyone’s just got good positive attitude about it."

Iverson will rely on a large group of seniors to help lead the Cobblers this year. In addition, the new coach has also implemented a few changes this season.

"Well we’ll be fast," Iverson said. "We might not have the biggest guys. But we’ll definitely have the fastest guys that we have out there and they’re pretty fast. So we’ll be fast and aggressive. On offense, we’re going to be different. I’ll put it that way."

The Cobblers open the season on the road on Friday, Aug. 25 against Sioux Falls Lincoln. Central will then host Watertown on September 1.

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