Healy Takes Charge at Worth County

Published 08/10 2013 10:42PM

Updated 08/11 2013 01:21AM

(GRANT CITY, Mo.) For the first time in 20 years, a new head coach will roam the Worth County sideline. Chris Healy's taking charge of the Tiger football team after Chucky Borey stepped down in the off season.

"I have a pretty good start, and a pretty good program to build on," Healy said.

"It's been talked about for a few years but I was surprised," senior running back Andrew Mullock said of Borey's decision to step away from the program.

After coaching under Borey for seven years, and even playing for him in high school, Healy's getting comfortable taking over for one of the biggest names in Missouri 8-man football.

"I learned a lot from what he did, and how he built this program and continued it on," Healy said.

If replacing a five-time state champion coach wasn't enough, the Tigers lose eight seniors off last year's team, including all-state performers Dallas Greenland, Dylan Kinsella and Aaron Patton, and quarterback Bryce Ross.

"It's going to be tough to replace those guys, but we've got 26 guys out here that are ready to bust their tails and be competitive."

Healy will also be able to lean on Mark Fletcher for some guidance. Fletcher's serving as an assistant, and led Worth County to its first state title in 1995 over North Andrew.

"It's nice having somebody who's been there," Healy said. "I'm just trying to continue a program that's been successful for the last 20 years."

But the road through the conference gets more difficult every year. The last six state champions came from the 275.

"You have the state champion Stanberry Bulldogs who I think are going to be at the top of the field, we open the season with Rock Port, which, they are right up there with Stanberry. Mound City's good every year. There's a lot of teams in this conference that week in, week out it's a tough battle."

It's a battle that Healy's been waiting seven years for.

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