Central Chemistry Improving Around Book Study

By Matt Tritten | mtritten@kq2.com

Published 07/01 2014 08:08PM

Updated 07/01 2014 11:25PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Offseason workouts around the Central football team have gone beyond just lifting weights during the summer months.

"It's been about changing the culture around Central High School," senior Tim Tremain said.

Head football coach Jeff Wallace has his players studying often, but these books aren't filled with X's and O's.

"By far, I can easily tell you this is the best thing I've ever done in football," Wallace said.

Central's opened a five week study into the book A Season of Life -- a New York Times Bestseller on what it truly means to be a man.

"It's not about playing for yourself," Central senior Eric Siemens said. "You don't want to let your brother down on your side."

The book is centered around former Baltimore Colts All-Pro Joe Ehrmann, a man with character as a player from 1973-1982 that's now passing it on as a minister and volunteer high school coach.

Jeffrey Marx, the author of Season of Life, says Ehrmann's traits in the book are useful to all young men on or off the field.

"They're all about building leaders. They're all about building relationships. They're all about community. If that's what the coaches there care about, and that's what the kids on the team want to strive for, then I really believe there is the right material in there to make that happen."

The Indians are seeing those bonds grow stronger just a couple weeks into the study.

"It's not all about X's and O's, not all about lifting. It's all about building trust with one another as a team," Tremain said." That way you're there for each other every single play when you're out there on Friday nights."

"It's really cool how we're able to not talk about so much 'oh did you see the hit I laid on that guy?' Or 'did you see that catch I made?' It's more about, we're getting more personal and I'm getting to know my teammates a lot better," Siemens said.

Now a team that lost multiple seniors from both sides of the ball in 2013 isn't worrying about what they're missing. Thanks to this weekly book study, they're now focused on what they're capable of.

"I think the sky's the limit for this program," Wallace said, "of what we can accomplish on and off the football field here."

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