St. Thomas More football team looking to reload, not rebuild

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The St. Thomas More Cavaliers finished the football season last year with an 8-2 record.

They hope to carry over that success into the 2020 campaign, but they’ll have to do it with several new players on the field.

St. Thomas More lost 12 players to graduation and around six more players transferred to Rapid City Stevens.

In fact, the Cavaliers lost eight starters on defense and seven starters on offense.

So the Cavs have plenty of questions to answer by Friday, none bigger than who will be the starting quarterback.

Three different players are currently vying to replace Ryder Kirsch under center.

“We’ve got Lee Neugebauer who’s going to be a freshman and who is advanced beyond his years,” STM head football coach Wayne Sullivan said. “He doesn’t play like a freshman. We’ve got Kellen Weber who’s going to be a junior. He moved in from Tennessee last year. Very, very good athlete. Then Jed Sullivan who’s been in the program since he came out of the womb. He kind of knows everything about our offense no matter what we run. So we’ve got three quality athletes that are vying to play. Might play all three.”

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Jake Goble will also play a big role at tight end for STM.

Plus, the Cavaliers will rely heavily on their running game led by Ryan Wojcik and Charlie Larson.

“Ryan Wojcik is our returning pony definitely,” Sullivan said. “He had a great year last year. Has really come into his own. He worked very very hard in the off season. Probably put on another 10 pounds. Then we’ve got Charlie Larson. Another kid who’s 205 pounds. Very Very fast. Matt Larson, his younger brother. Then what I told our quarterbacks whoever is not in quarterback, we need all the athletes on the field. So then you put them in the mix. Now you have speed and athleticism.”

“We’ve got some younger guys stepping up,” STM running back Charlie Larson said. “We got some kids that got in the weight room this summer and put on some weight. The younger guys are really helping us out on the line. They’re filling what we ask. We’re going to be ready to compete every game.”

St. Thomas More opens the season on Friday, Aug. 21 on the road in Hot Springs.

Then on Aug. 28, the Cavaliers will host top-ranked Winner.

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