COLUMBIA CITY – The Columbia City football team is hoping to make a big turnaround from last year’s 3-7 finish.

They may have the experience to do just that. The Eagles have 13 seniors on their varsity roster.

“This is the largest group of seniors we’ve had since I’ve been coach here,” said head coach Brett Fox. “It’s been awesome to see those guys around each other and interact. This is my first class that’s been here all four years. We’ll have quite a bit of seniors starting this season. We have a couple competing to fill those positions, but a lot of them will get some good playing time.”

The Columbia City football team practices special teams leading up to the kickoff of the 2017 season.

The Eagles will rely on their captains to lead the experienced group. Defensive backs Austin Bolt and Ethan Christen, as well as linebacker Bronson Ball and safety Jacob Bolt were selected as captains by a team vote. Both Bolt and Christen made second team all-conference last season.

“I’m really looking forward to defense this season,” said Christen.

Christen isn’t the only captain that sees the team making great strides.

“I’m just looking forward to playing out there,” said Bolt. “We have a lot of seniors, and I expect us to have a much better season and improve.”

There is no secret what the Eagles want to do this season. They want to win more games than they did last season.

“We want to have a winning record,” Fox said. “We also want to compete far into the playoffs and still be playing football into November. And most importantly have solid kids on the field and in the classroom.”

Many teams may write off Columbia City as an easy win, but that may work as an advantage to the Eagles.

“I think we’re being underestimated this year,” said Christen. “We’re going to do something special.”