A new role doesn’t bother Brett Spour.
He is just glad to be on the field.
Due to an injury, Spour did not play any varsity football as a sophomore last year. Spour played one game as a freshman where he compiled 39 rushing yards and a 51-yard reception as a receiver. Now, he transitions toward replacing Jack Nelson as Charleston’s starting quarterback.
“Not much has changed with the new role, but I have been trying to bring the team together and build as much chemistry as possible into this upcoming season,” said Spour. “As a team, we have been nonstop going over plays, conditioning, and working out to get ready for this upcoming season.”
Charleston lost 15 seniors from a 2-7 team, but returns the team’s leading receiver in junior Luke Nelson.
But the team has some challenges after losing six receivers, its leading rusher in Nate Shrader and two-year starter Jack Nelson.
“Our team is pretty young, but we have been making fast improvements,” said Spour. “I think, as a team, we will have to step up together to fill the holes that we lost.”
Spour could have seen playoff football up front and close as a freshman when the team went 4-2 during the abbreviated season in the spring during the COVID year. The IHSA did not have state playoffs, but Charleston would have been in a position to make it.
Instead, Charleston is riding a playoff-drought that runs back to 2012, that 4-2 season the only winning record since then,
Spour said that the group is focused on changing that.
“Our goal for this season is to win each game but other than that it is to improve as we progress as a team,” said Spour. “As a team we want to create a better work ethic and move closer to becoming a winning program.”