By The Telegram

For four years Randy Richter built Deerfield football from the ground up. Last year the Spartans peeked with an undefeated regular, then made it to the second round of the Eight-man Division I playoffs before falling to Clifton-Clyde.

Now, the Spartans are starting over. Gone from last year's team is every starter except for two on the defensive side, seniors Cris Martinez and Drake Freburg.

"We have a lot of young men getting their first real taste of varsity football," Richter said. "How fast they adapt will determine how good we will be."

The Spartans will have to replace quarterback David Gonzalez and running back Jesus Navarrete, which won't be an easy task. Martinez will in charge of leading the offense as he will play quarterback along with his defensive spot at cornerback. Junior Ivan Robles (5-foot-7) will be in the backfield on both sides with Martinez, as he will be running back and cornerback.

The Spartans will be tested early. In Week 2, Deerfield travels to powerhouse Sharon Springs. Last year the Spartans knocked off the Wildcats 30-29, who were ranked No. 1 in the state at the time. Deerfield will also have a home game the week before district play starts against Moscow in the fourth week.

Last year Deerfield scored 50 or more points in a game eight times.