PETERSBURG, Ind. (WEHT) – David Stephens has a tough job at Pike Central, trying to turn the Chargers back into a competitive team.
Three seasons ago, Pike Central won four games. That was the team’s best season since they won three games in 2002.
Pike Central is eager to return to the gridiron. After multiple consecutive seasons of falling under 500, the Chargers hope they can have their first winning season since 1986.
Head coach, David Stephens, says his team is tired of hearing the same old storyline.
“At some point we don’t want that to be a story anymore. At some time we want to build a foundation of success where success is expected. This community is hungry for wins. Back in 2016, we had four wins, and it was almost like we made a semi-state trip. Our fans come out and support us no matter our record. We want to give them something to cheer and be proud about on Friday Nights. “
The push forward mentality has trickled down into the locker room. Seniors, like Levi McCarter, say that the entire team is buying into trying to improve.
“We are trying to motivate everyone. Not just here and there, or one or two seniors that are motivated, some that are not. We are trying to motivate everyone, freshmen and sophomores, juniors and everybody is trying to stick to together. We are trying to make it our best season. That makes us excited. Everybody is trying to get excited and get with it.”
The Chargers open up their season against Brown County on the road.
(This story was originally published on August 15, 2019)