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Gridiron Preview: New leader, same tradition in Clark County

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First year head coach Scott Murdock works with the Indians at Monday's practice in Kahoka. First year head coach Scott Murdock works with the Indians at Monday's practice in Kahoka.

KAHOKA, Mo. (WGEM) -- On paper you could call Monday the start of a new era for Clark County football. 
 
Offensive coordinator Scott Murdock took the reigns running his first official practice as head coach following the departure of Quentin Hamner in the off season.

Several key contributors from last year's team that made a deep playoff run have graduated but like any great program the process in Kahoka isn't about rebuilding, as much as reloading.

From a young age the tradition starts to soak in.

"Even as a kid, I was thinking, man I want to be up there," junior running back Jacob Trump said referring to the state championship banner on the scoreboard.

"I watched the 2008 team that won state, and that was a lot of fun. You just want to experience what they did."

Scott Murdock implemented an offense in Indian Country that lit up the scoreboard over the past two seasons and his transition to head coach should point to similar results despite a young roster.

"When you lose a lot of seniors that's a big thing. But for us, our deal is we just need to get better every day," Murdock told WGEM Sports.

"There's always a common theme here, to do everything like a champion and that's what we intend to do."

For the veteran players who do return to the Indian lineup, a loss to Blair Oaks in the state quarterfinals last season has provided extra motivation after getting so close to the Edward Jones Dome.

"On defense we only gave up like 120 yards," said senior quarterback Jayvin Ray who doubles as a strong safety.

"There we just some mental errors, some mental breakdowns that never should have happened. It leaves one of those gut feelings that you don't want to have."

Ray isn't alone when reflecting on what could have been.

"It sticks with you," added senior lineman Philip Mason.

"It makes you work harder, makes you work toward what we gave up last year.  You want to try to get better and pick up where you left off."

Now the goal for the Indians is to move forward which is exactly what their new head coach is preaching to his team.

"I'm going to make sure that every day we're getting better," Murdock expressed.

"I'm going to push the kids, and expect a lot from them, and hopefully they're going to expect a lot from me. We're all going to do our jobs well here."

With several newcomers in the mix, and others who will be playing a different position from a year ago, Murdock also stressed the importance of a one week at a time mentality.

But Murdock, along with several of his players, pointed out that the goal is always a Clearance Cannon Conference championship. 
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