MONTROSE, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) The Montrose Indians were one win away from a state championship game appearance last season and they are set up to make another run at a state title this year.
Whether you're a freshman hitting the field for the first time or a senior returning for your final year, at Montrose, everyone is excited football is starting up again.
"It's always fun to be back out,” head coach Brett Mertens said. “It's like Christmas for football coaches. It's a new year. We're super excited to be back practicing, I think everybody is excited for football season again."
The Indians were two games away from an undefeated season. The Indians fell to Loveland in the semifinals last year and even though 11-2 is a successful season, there is still more to learn and more work to do if they want to win a championship.
"The big key for us is staying sharp early,” said Mertens. “I think a lot of games, especially early in the season are won by the team that makes the fewest mistakes. Not necessarily the best team always. We just got to limit our own mistakes and take care of our self and hopefully good things will happen."
There are 14 seniors on the returning to the roster this season, the expectation for all of them to step up and work together.
"Our kids have done a good job of learning our offense and defensive schemes,” Mertens said. “We have pretty high expectations for them, we need them to lead well. We need them to stay hungry and humble and not rely on last year's success but rather to try to get better every day."
the Indians will face Central in their first game of the season. With just over a week before game day, coach Mertens is getting his boys ready for anything the Warriors may throw at them.
"We know they're going to be a tough team,” Mertens said. “They were a playoff team last year. They got a good senior class back. We're excited for the challenge of playing them. I'm sure they'll have a few tricks up their sleeve and probably try to get us. We'll try to be ready for everything and hopefully our kids play well."