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Central has high hopes in 2007

ELLENSBURG, Wash. - The Wildcat football team home opener is Saturday 1 p.m. against Humboldt State. The Wildcats are led by pre-season All-America Mike Reilly at QB. He's one of sixteen returning starters from last year's 6-5 squad. They also have a new head coach. Beau Baldwin replaces John Zamberlin. Baldwin very impressed with the maturity and attitude so far in practice.

"The guys came in fired up and with great attitudes," said Baldwin. "They are men and competing like men and acting like men. If you have that, you're gonna take care of the little things that need to be cleaned up, and I've been excited about the work ethic and attitude they've shown."

The team has been picked to finish fourth in the NCC, but that hasn't dampered expectations. "I see this as being the best team since we've been here," said Reilly. "We have the potential to be a playoff team, a national championship team, and a NCC contendor."

"We should compete," Baldwin agreed. "We have the ability to win every game. Not saying that in an arrogant way, I'm just saying if you look at the schedule, we have the ability to win every game."

Overall, Central Washington returns 33 lettermen including 16 starters -- nine on offense and six on defense. The Wildcats, who will have five home games at Tomlinson Stadium this season, will make their 2007 debut on Sept. 8 against Humboldt State. Their NCC opener is slated for the following week, Sept. 15 at North Dakota.

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