Rapid City Central football team returns a lot of experience

RAPID CITY, S.D. — After two years of transforming Rapid City Central’s football program, head coach Erik Iverson is feeling optimistic about the upcoming season.

The Cobblers won three out of four down the stretch last season to finish with a 4-5 record.

Unfortunately, Central lost to Brandon Valley in the first round of the playoffs.

This year, Central has 21 seniors on its roster.

In fact, the Cobblers return nine starters on offense including quarterback Kohl Meisman who threw for 715 yards and 8 touchdowns last season.

Senior Jeremy Weidmann will again lead the running attack after he rushed for 1,215 yards and 15 touchdowns a year ago.

“We should be okay speed wise on the outside,” Central coach Erik Iverson said. “Also a lot of our big guys came back. We only miss two of our offensive linemen. We feel okay about the offense starting off the season. The skilled positions are good. We should be okay.”

Meanwhile, the Cobblers have more holes to fill on the defensive side of the ball after returning just five starters.

Overall, coach Iverson feels a lack of depth will be the biggest challenge for his team.

“They’ve been working hard,” Iverson said. “Studying the play book. So for a lot of these guys, it’s just getting them reps. The varsity game speed reps. Its a little concerning. But I think once we hit Friday, get the flow of the game going, I think these guys will be okay.”

The Cobblers open the season at home on Friday night against the Harrisburg Tigers.

It will be the first ever meeting between these two teams.

Then on Sept. 6, the Cobblers will host Aberdeen Central during the Rushmore Bowl.

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