Pointers Preaching Toughness In 2016

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Head Coach, Greg Werner 2nd season at Van Buren
2015 Record: 2-8
Returning Offensive Starters: 6
Returning Defensive Starters: 5
Offense: Flexbone
Defense: 4-3

VAN BUREN (KFSM) - Greg Werner knew it would take time to turn around the Van Buren football program and as the Pointers enter the 2016 season, Werner is preaching toughness in his second year at the helm.

The Pointers looked to take a step forward in 2015 as they won two of their first three games but they hit tough times in the 7A-Central. Van Buren went winless in league play, including three straight losses from week five through week seven that came by seven points or less.

Since that season ended, Van Buren has been focused on toughness on the field but mentally as well.

"We feel like that's kind of been our motto since November of last year." Werner said. "Toughness and staying the course and we feel good about where we're at but we know we still have a long way to go."
"Toughness is what it's going to take," Van Buren senior Josh Aden said. "We can't quit on every play so we just have to keep that in mind."
Van Buren is looking to end a six year losing streak to Crawford County rival Alma as they kick off the season on Tuesday.
<We've got a lot of returning starters this year that have a lot of experience from last year and it really feels to me we have a special group on the defensive side of the ball," Van Buren senior Greg Gladden said.