GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The Fruita Monument Wildcats may have lost top talent, but they're coming in with plenty more.
Last season the Wildcats pulled out an incredible victory over the Tigers to start out conference play, but in the end they missed the playoff cut.
Though it was tough to swallow, the team did finish the season with a dominating 70-36 victory over Northglenn to cap off their first five-win season since 2003.
This time around, they may have lost a few key skill players like Vince Grasso and Zach Griggs, but they're ready to build on the young potential.
"We're excited, we're hungry," said head coach Sean Mulvey. "We've got a lot of good kids back and any time we get to start playing football is a good time, so we expect a lot of good things out of our kids. We've got some good senior leaders, and we decided to strap the pads on and start hitting."
"We've got a lot of kids stepping up, we've got quite a few juniors stepping up that didn't really get a lot of playing time last year, but this year they'll be getting some looks, and we've had couple new kids come in so we're excited to have them."
Friday, August 23rd marks Fruita Monument's first game of the season. They will travel to Commerce City to face the Adams City Eagles for their first game of the season.
Their home opener will come September 6th in a non-conference game against Heritage.