Holden saved its best for last

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: March 11, 2011 - 10:02 PM

For most of the Missouri River Valley East Conference it would have been easy to get lost in the shadows of Richmond. The Spartans were the best team in Class 3 in 2010 going a perfect 15-0 and winning a state title.

While Richmond was winning the conference teams like Holden quietly spent the season winning football games. The Eagles finished the regular season 6-4 but half of those wins came in the season’s final three weeks as Holden swept to the Class 3 District 12 Championship.

The Eagles would play well in the playoffs beating Seneca in the first round 28-14 before falling to two-time defending Class 3 champion Cassville 38-8 in the sectionals.

The loss would end Holden’s season at a very respectable 7-5. Even though the Eagles only went 2-3 in the MRVC East, the conference would put five of six teams in the playoffs with a combined record of 10-4.

Holden coach Rich Johnson was pleased with the way his team finished the season.

“Winning districts and winning regionals was the highlight of our season,” Johnson said. “We really got better at tackling as the season went on and we were good when we were healthy.”

The Eagles 2010 squad didn’t have a lot of seniors but they all made an impact. Holden had eight seniors who all started with seven of those starting on both sides of the ball.

This offseason Johnson the coaching staff is working on getting ready for the next season.

“The focus is finding players that understand the team concept and want to work to be successful,” Johnson said.