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Affton Looks To Continue Winning In 60th Year - High School Football Preview

Coach Oliver says this season's roster is strong in several junior and senior players

August 10, 2017
Since 1957, the Affton High School Cougars have fielded a squad on the gridiron, and within those 59 years of football the Cougars have compiled a record of 296-289-11. Entering the program's 60th year, head football coach Dan Oliver and the Cougars hope to keep the winning tradition alive.

Affton High School Cougar quarterback Tommy Butler catches a pass during one of the team's recent practices. The Affton High School football team opens its season on the road at Hillsboro on Friday, Aug. 18. The first home game will be Friday, Aug. 25, against Seckman. Both games begin at 7 p.m. Diana Linsley. (click for larger version)
"We've had many, many years of good, quality football," Oliver said. "And we'll have another one here."

Although last year's record of 2-8 and a first round exit in the Class 4, District 2 Tournament was not what Oliver and the Cougars were hoping for, Affton has turned the page. The majority of last year's roster were sophomores. That group now has a year under its belt. This season's team will list 24 juniors, as well as 11 seniors. Underclassmen will round out the rest of the roster.

"We have a bunch of good guys," Oliver said. "There should be some good competition for spots and guys pushing each other to get better. If we do that, then we'll be in pretty good shape."

Tommy Butler will run the offense from the quarterback position. The junior general will call the shots under center for the second straight season. He got most of the opportunities as a sophomore last season.

Protecting Butler will be several juniors netted together along the offensive line. Juniors Kyle Johnson, Nick Hill, Demetrius Payne, Alex Kalmendi and Chris Garrison, as well as sophomore Alex Edgar, will all be guarding their quarterback.

Juniors Gus Palmer and Jon Siegel will take reps at running back, along with team co-captain and senior Jaden Harrison. Sophomore Caleb Moore and junior Jesse Au will also line up at the fullback position. Team co-captain and senior Dylan Lanz will head the wide receiver core.

"I think things are going to be in our favor most nights, but we're definitely going to have to work," Oliver said. "It's not going to happen just because we showed up and we're wearing snazzy uniforms. We still have to put in the work. That's probably what every other coach in the country is talking about right now."

Affton will feature many of the same cast of characters on the defensive side of the ball, as many on the roster are two-way players. Senior and team co-captain Bailey Emann will lead the group at cornerback.

"We haven't decided on the starting positions yet, but by next Friday for the first game we'll have it more mapped out," Oliver said.

The Cougars will begin the season on the road at Hillsboro on Friday, Aug. 18. Affton's home game will be the following week on Friday, Aug. 25, against Seckman. Kickoff for both games is 7 p.m.

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