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North Platte Wants to Win with Smashmouth Football

Levi Hill hopes to lead North Platte to the playoffs in his senior year.


(DEARBORN, Mo.) Many might place North Platte head football coach, Jim Brockhoff, in the "Old School" category, and they would probably be right.

"He likes a lot more physicality," senior guard and middle linebacker John White said.

And Brockhoff will not disagree.

"Smashmouth might not be politically correct anymore, but I am who I am," Brockhoff said.

The coach who loves football for what it is, a contact sport, coaches it that way.

"We try to be physical in practice, and hopefully we don't get anybody hurt," Brockhoff said. "But that's just the way we are."

After a 6-4 campaign in 2011, the Panthers--who feature 14 seniors that know all about hard-nosed football--are ready to take it to the next level.

"Everyone's kind of understanding, we have one last shot," senior quarterback Levi Hill said. "We never get to play high school football again, so everyone's kind of buying in to the whole team thing."

North Platte has a close-knit group of seniors. Many have been playing together since bantam league when they were in elementary school.

"We've all been playing together for about 10 years, so we're ready to go," White said. "Been waiting for this for a long time."

"This group's always been together, and encouraged each other," Brockhoff said. "So hopefully that will turn out to be a great year for them."

It will not be easy though. The Panthers play a schedule that features four playoff teams from a year ago. But North Platte is still hoping to raise a few eye brows along the way.

"We want to surprise some people, and have a great year," Brockhoff said.

"We know it's our last year," Hill said, "so we're going to try to end on a bang."
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