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A changing of the guard in the offseason took place for the Neodesha Bluestreaks football program as long-time head coach John Black headed south to take over the Independence Bulldogs program. Stepping up in his place is David Gillett, who is in his fourth year in coaching and the first time as a head coach.

“I took this position to help build a culture of a team and bring a sense of purpose for this program. I will bring high energy and a focus on TEAM.” Said the new Bluestreak coach.

Neodesha is 10-16 in the previous three years, plagued by injuries and untimely turnovers as well as low numbers for the football program. The Bluestreaks have not made it to the playoffs since 2017, when they were ousted by Galena in a lopsided 66-14 decision.

“I’m learning my team’s strengths throughout the season. My goal is for us to get better each and every day and build a team.”

Neodesha will have back 3 All-League and All-District starters in seniors Toby Curtis, who is a wide receiver at 6’1”, and offensive lineman Evan Strange, who is listed at 235 lbs and 6’1”.

Other returners for Neodesha include quarterback Mayson Ellis, wide receiver Kaiden Fuller and Chris Aldrich. All of whom are seniors who will be looked upon by their first-year head coach to set the tone not just for this season but years to come.

“I will be pushing my whole team to be leaders on and off the field each and every day.”

Returning underclassman that looks to play a factor this season are junior wide receiver and defensive back Andrew Harrall and sophomores Drew Counsil, a halfback, and back up quarterback and potential starting linebacker Camreon Grogan.

The Bluestreaks will play district opponents Douglass, Belle Plaine, and Cherryvale at home this year. Neodesha and Belle Plaine’s contest was decided in double overtime last year. The Bluestreaks are tentatively scheduled to travel to Eureka and finish the regular season at Fredonia.

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