Coaching changes are tough, especially when you go through two in one offseason and the latter comes just as practices are beginning.
That?s the reality that the Van Buren football team is experiencing this fall, but they still believe they can find successes each week while they change the culture back to a winning one, and they definitely aren?t considering giving up.
This past Friday, the Warriors traveled to Bloomfield to face Davis County and fell to 0-3 after leaving with a 41-0 loss.
?We are doing a lot of good things,? said Van Buren Assistant Principal and current head football coach Mike Bunnell. ?These young men are working hard to turn this ship around. We are definitely heading in the right direction, we just need to get over the hump. I feel good about the direction we are heading.?
The Van Buren backfield, consisting of senior Aiden Franklin and juniors Corey Bunnell, Tony Davison and Conner Helling, accumulated 89 yards rushing on 28 carries for the Warriors.
Leading tacklers were senior Cole Troutman with nine, Bunnell with seven and seniors Franklin and Jaxon Thomas with 6.5 each.
This week will be full of festivities as Van Buren hosts 1-2 Wayne in Keosauqua with homecoming activities happening throughout the week for Warrior nation. Cardinal beat Wayne by 14 points in week two after defeating Van Buren 26-0 in week one, which should be a great opportunity for the team to rebound in front of their home crowd.
?We are striving for a culture change and that takes time,? added Coach Bunnell. ?It will exciting to watch as we continue to grow, get better and become more competitive. I have faith we will get there.?