Buhl Indians 

Head coach: Seth Blick, 1st year

Returning starters: 15

2015 record: 0-8, 0-3 in SCIC

Buhl looks to turn the page on a winless 2015 season under the direction of new head coach Seth Blick, who previously served as the Indians' defensive coordinator. Former head coach Rick Wells resigned in the offseason.

Blick's main goal this offseason and in the first weeks of fall camp has been to make his team mentally tougher by way of conditioning.

"We’re interested in being the toughest dudes on the field," said Blick.

The Indians return quarterback J.P. Elkin and running back/defensive end Mark Poehler to lead a group of skill players Blick expects big things from.

"We have some good skill guys. (But) we aren’t real deep on the offensive line," Blick said. "But as far as running backs, linebackers, some skill dudes, we’re looking pretty solid.”

Part of Buhl's problem a year ago was a lack of experience all over the field, as seven sophomores started in 2015. Those players are seasoned now, however, and Blick expects what was once a major disadvantage to now work in his team's favor.

“Last year we started seven sophomores on varsity. And so our junior class and our senior class got a lot of game time (and) field time experience last year," said Blick. "I really think (that) is going to benefit us this season.”

Filer Wildcats 

Head coach: Rob Anderson, 1st year

2015 record: 2-7, 1-2 in Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference (Lost to Sugar-Salem, 48-0, in 3A playoffs)

Returning starters: 7

Filer joined Buhl as the other Sawtooth Central team with an offseason coaching change, as Rob Anderson takes over for Robert Kohler. Though he is an Idaho native, Anderson's last stop was in Wyoming. He intends to not so much take things apart as he does build on what he considers an already solid foundation.

"We're going to do whatever we can to compete and to be in games," said Anderson. "That's our main goal. We want to go out and win some ball games and try to get some success going and hopefully build off that and get more kids coming out."

The Wildcats did make it to the 3A playoffs a year ago, where they were soundly beaten by Sugar-Salem, 48-0. Anderson has preached to his players to forget about past seasons and to focus on the here and the now as Filer prepares to take things to the next level.

"Just focus on what's happening right now. Don't worry about what's happening two weeks from now," Anderson said. "Just be here, in the now."


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