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Indians football seeks to improve

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Kobe Evans spots for Logan Beck during the bench press at the East Robertson Lift-a-Thon on Saturday. PHIL STAUDER
Coach Atley Pond watches as Brenden Judkins lifts at East Robertson on Saturday.
Tommy Blakemore at the East Robertson Lift-a-Thon on Saturday.
Tristan Phipps lifts on Saturday at East.
Bryce Brown struggles to make a lift during the Lift-a-Thon at East Robertson on Saturday.
East Robertson football players stretch-out before getting down to the business of weight lifting at their Lift-a-Thon on Saturday.
Middle school coach, Chris Bryant, encourages Tyler Holstin as he flips a tire at East Robertson on Saturday.
Fans at East Robertson try to keep cool during a hot, June Saturday afternoon.
East Middle School footballer, Peyton Dudley, jumps rope during drills at East Robertson on Saturday.
East Robertson coach Chad Broadrick supervises weight lifting at East on Saturday.

CROSS PLAINS - After only winning four games in the Chad Broadrick era, it is no secret that East Robertson's football team has room for improvement.

Broadrick's goal is to get one percent better each day.

"We're just trying to get a little bit better every day," Broadrick said. "If you get a little bit better every day over the course of the summer, by the time you've played your first game, hopefully you've gotten quite a bit better."

The Indians are counting on sophomore quarterback Cameron Swift to help them achieve their goal.

"He was one of our best players last year as a freshman," Broadrick said. "He should have a good season. But, everyone's going to step up or we're going to have a season like we did last year, which won't be very fun."

Last season, the Indians started out winning two-out-of-three games, but then went winless the rest of the way.

"I thought we were a good team the first three games of the year," Broadrick said. "We beat a good team pretty easily and I thought we turned a corner, but we had a bye week and I think we got complacent."

Having a lot of sophomores, East Robertson has potential to improve this season and the following two. However, around 10 of the starters are going to be upperclassmen.

Broadrick said a difference this year could be the strength of the offensive line. This should give the Indians a better opportunity to run the ball.

"You have to be able to run the ball," Broadrick said. "If you can run the ball, it can open up other things. We're big up front and we're finally strong. It's just a choice we have have to make, if we're going to play hard every play or if we're not going to play hard every play. One ends in a good result and the other one is a bad result."

Despite being in his third year, Broadrick said he still isn't comfortable, and doesn't plan on being comfortable any time soon.

"We've only won four games in two years, so we shouldn't be comfortable at all," he said. "Even if we win 15 games, you still can't get comfortable with that. You can't get satisfied if you win a couple of games and think you've done something."

East Robertson won't be home until week three, when they face Cascade High School. Last season, the Indians ended the season with a one-point loss to Cascade, 28-27.

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