Mishawaka Cavemen will get better, experience growing pains

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Even in his twenty seventh season as a high school football head coach and his tenth season at Mishawaka, Bart Curtis is experiencing something fairly new-- an overhauled roster.

The Cavemen are returning just a handful of starters on both sides of the football in the 2017 season after graduating 26 seniors.

"The bare facts are that we are going to have some new kids in there that will get the job done but there is going to be a little growing pains here and there." said Curtis.

Those growing pains could come quickly as Mishawaka's non-conference schedule is loaded with talented teams. The Cavemen open the season at home against Portage, travel to Valparaiso in week two and take on Illinois state runner-up from 2015 Chicago Marist in week three.

The early lumps that could be suffered will not shake the veteran head coaches confidence that his team will make improvements. It may however shift the way he speaks to and develops his young talent.

"We have to find that happy medium between pulling them along and talking friendly to them, and getting after them and talking sternly to them to get them to raise up to our expectation level,." said Curtis, "That's where we're caught in between right now. Its going to be okay but I'm glad we don't have a game tonight."

The Cavemen have their season opener on August 18. The Cavemen will get a chance to tune things up on August 11 as they take on Concord in a scrimmage.

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