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Northwest Missouri Man Calling for Help with Startup Football Program

Roger Nichols is trying to make an impact in football hotbed Maryville with a new 8-Man team.
(MARYVILLE, Mo.) From magic marker on shirts to middle school fields, there's nothing glamorous about the 12-team Central Plains Football League. But Roger Nichols isn't back on the sideline for glamor. 

"I just missed coaching," he said. "Like Coach (Tony) Dudik used to say: 'You can never stop." 

Nichols caught the coaching bug again four months ago and chose to throw in his lot with the small 8-Man League, creating the Nodaway County Bulls. Through word of mouth and local advertisements, he built a 43-man roster made up of largely of former high school school players from around Nodaway County. 

Players' ages can range from early 20s to their late 40s. 

The Bulls held their first home game over the weekend, a 44-6 loss to the Platte County Buccaneers, just east of downtown Maryville, where no football team lost from Division II National Champion Northwest Missouri State down through Maryville Junior High last season. Despite going 0-2 so far, Nichols hopes his new program can gain traction.

"We need help from the community. We need sponsors, better equipment. Our players have sacrificed not only on the field, but out of their pockets, just like us coaches and owners have. I want to reach out to Maryville and Nodaway County."

"I want to make this a goal not just here for one year. We have a lot of goals to meet but we're about this season right now."

The Bulls have eight games left in their inaugural season, which lasts until June 7th. Three will be held in Maryville. 


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