Head Coach: Brian Lowry, 1st year
2016 Record: 1-7 (0-4 Sawtooth West Conference)
Brian Lowry has no Idaho ties, but he does know eight-man football.
Lowry comes from Greenfield, Missouri, where he inherited a 1-7 Greenfield High School team and led it to an 8-0 record in 2016, his second year at the helm.
This fall, Lowry takes over another 1-7 eight-man program, but this isn't some historic bottom dweller. The Wolves have only gone two seasons without a winning record, and Lowry is confident he can get them back on the right track.
"That’s the kind of program I want to inherit. I love the challenge of changing a program, changing the philosophy," he said. "To actually change it, we’re gonna work hard in practice, and we’re gonna compete in practice. That way, we can compete in games."
Lowry is impressed with Castleford's seniors, especially their speed. He plans to spread the offense out and get players on the edge, but he also wants to mix in a healthy dose of runs up the middle.
Sophomore Nate Knudson will pilot the offense at quarterback, and he'll try to pressure opposing QBs on defensive end.
"We used to be really good. You can look in our gym. We have a bunch of championships, but we haven’t had one in a while," he said. "I want to get back up there."
Castleford's youth might hinder its short-term success, but the Wolves can afford to be patient. Lowry doesn't need much time to turn a program around.
"I see us being competitive in every game we play this year, and I see us starting to build the program back to where it should be," Lowry said.