WARRENSBURG - The 2008 Warrensburg High School Football Team specialized in blown first quarters, dramatic comebacks, and wild, spectacular plays.
The team's actions often put Warrensburg fans' emotions on a rollercoaster, from terror to ecstasy in a matter of seconds.
It was undoubtedly a year to remember, but not necessarily statistic-wise - the 2008 team went 4-5.
This year, the coaches are looking for a better season, with or without the drama.
This year's squad is up to the challenge, the coaches said this week.
A roster filled with offensive power is returning - including Brendan Frye, Mike Perrone, Jason Power. David Boodman and Mike Curtis Jr.
Perrone, Curtis, Frye and Senior Lucas Nelson are competing for the quarterback role, but their individual versatility will be vital to the team's regardless of who's chosen, Assistant Coach Rex Reynolds said. Receivers include the fast and athletic duo of Senior Donovan Santisteban and Sophomore Andrew Fish.
"We're strong in talent, but we've got a young line that's working hard to build skills," Reynolds said. "Our team strength right now is speed and skill."
Hopeful for the upcoming season, Head Coach Mike Leombruno said that the only barrier to a championship season was psychological.
"We've got to get these guys believing they can win," he said. "They've got to go into games with that confidence."
A championship season for the Burghers is no pipe dream.
The 2004 Warrensburg Football Team took their combined talents, disciplined conditioning and a winning attitude all the way into the state semifinals, the coaches said this week.