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CMR eager to prove themselves after 2015 season

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CMR has won 13 state championships over the years, and thus isn’t a team that normally keeps a low profile.

But after finishing last year’s regular season at .500, the spotlight isn’t currently on the squad.

“I’ve seen a lot of things happen in football seasons. That was just one of those things where week to week it’s always a new game and you’ve got to be ready to play,” said Head Coach Gary Lowry of last season. “We went on a good streaks for a while and we had some bad times. That’s in the past and this kids are looking forward to a good season.”

They’re hoping that that good season entails a longer post season than last year.

The 2015 Rustlers made it into the playoffs as the eighth and final seed and got bounced in the first round by eventual state champion Bozeman.

“Oh yeah we’re definitely trying to go farther than last year,” said corner Xavier Pace. “That stung. The whole team has a fire under them and we’re just ready to play.”

The Rustlers will play this year without their usual star power.

Yale bound running back Andrew Grinde and Montana State bound wide receiver Karl Tucker II have both graduated, but there’s a bit of silver lining to that.

“I actually feel like it might be better for the team,” said defensive lineman Austin Kirchner. “We’re not relying on two players. We’re relying on a whole team. Our defense has to play better and our offense is going to play better.”

And relying on the whole team is important.

Even though the household names are gone, overall, the 2016 edition of the Rustlers have spent a whole lot more time together on the field than the 2015 version.

“Last year we had a ton of inexperience,” said linebacker Max Sechena. “We had four guys returning with varsity playing time. This year we’re coming back with I think eleven or twelve. That makes a huge difference for a team. We’ve played together, we know how to work together, we’ve been in the situations together and I think we’re going to be a lot better for it.”

If the Rustlers aren’t on your radar just yet, Max Sechena has a message for you:

“We’re about to come out and show some people what we can do.”

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