Royals Look To Continue Success

  • 8/7/2017 2:17:21 PM
  • Jeff Alan
  • Local Sports

BUCYRUS, OH-  Coming off an 11-1 campaign and another N-10 championship and playoff appearance, the third straight for both, the Wynford Royals are gearing up for the 2017 football season.   Coach Gabe Helbert welcomes back nine seniors after losing 14 from the 2016 squad.  "We are a work in progress.  I do like our senior class.  We have nine seniors that are hard working.  It's a smaller class for us, but we know these kids have played a lot of football and they are competitive."

Right out of the box once again the Royals will play one of the best small school programs in the state when they travel to take on Liberty-Benton.  A team the Royals handled a season ago at home 41-14.  

"Well it's a huge first game," says Helbert.  We want to play great football programs and we have done a nice job of putting ourselves in a position to play and compete against good football programs.  Liberty-Benton is a huge game for us because it kinda sets the bar high as far as what we want to do with our season.  They are going to have a great football team back this year with their quarterback (Austin May 6'2" 190) who is very talented.  We want to play very tough teams and our league will be tough so we will be challenged."

"For some of our guys, it will be their first varsity start," says senior linebacker Cole Heinlen.  Liberty-Benton is very good they are year in and year out and their returning QB was good last year and I'm sure he is good this year. Definitely a big game for us."  

"Game one is going to be important," says senior linebacker and quick guard Caleb Stone.  Game one is where it starts.  Game one is where it starts and that's all there is."

When asked about the good and bad of preseason football practice, Helbert responded, "The best part is football is back, maybe the worst part is football is back because it's kind of a shock to your system as far as your schedule you get into a routine.  It is nice to get out of the weight room we've been there since January.  It's nice to get out there and actually start coaching football.  The worst part is maybe that beginning process of getting all the paper work taken care of."

"I love football there is no better sport to play," says Heinlen.  I love these guys.  I wouldn't say there is a bad part.  Practice is long, but it's just installing stuff but we have a lot of fun."

For Stone, football is all good there is nothing bad about it.  "Just being here getting better with my team is the best part."  When asked what the worst part of pre-season camp is Stone responded, "There is no worst."  

Since Helbert became head coach in 2012, taking over for Travis Moyer who is now at Wapakoneta, the Royals have built a regular season record of 42-8, losing only two regular season games over the last three seasons both to Liberty-Benton.

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