WMBD/WYZZ-TV - PEORIA, Ill. - For the first time in four years, Richwoods will take the football field without Kendrick Foster in the backfield.
"They raided our toy box and took all our favorite toys," joked head coach Roland Brown. "Now we have to find some new ones. We'll be OK. We'll have a different look to us, but hopefully the same results, if we get the chance."
Foster and a verya talented senior class graduated nearly three months ago. Now the Knights have to figure out a way to move on without a guy that rushed for over 1,700 yards last season and is the Mid-State 6 conference's all-time leading rusher.
"Kendrick Foster is Kendrick Foster but we have a lot of guys to fill his position," said senior quarterbadck Max Berres. "It won't be one guy, it'll be two or three guys."
The Knights will be an independent this season before moving into the Mid-West Conference next year. The Mid-West will feature teams from Peoria, the Quad Cities and Quincy.
"It plays up to people's expectations that we're losing (players to graduation)," said senior Sean Flaherty. " It helps us motivate the team. It makes us even better."
Richwoods plays Peoria Notre Dame in the season opener Aug. 30.