CTK: Tioga yearning for statewide recognition

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BALL (KALB) -- For the second straight year, it was Tioga High School that held the banner for teams in the Alexandria/Pineville area. The Indians outlasting its peers in the postseason in 2017, making it to the second round of the Class 4A playoffs before bowing out to eventual state runner-up Lakeshore.

But while Kevin Cook and company fondly look back on the last couple of years, the mood out of The Reservation is one that yearns for a game that takes place during Thanksgiving Weekend, and maybe even one past that which would mean they're playing for a state title.

Cook believes the 2018 Indians have the chance to do just that, returning nearly every starter from last year's team. That includes starting quarterback Blake McGehee who, despite learning under new offensive coordinator Brian Ensminger, is taking everything he accomplished last year as the freshman starter and using that to his advantage.

McGehee admits that the first half of last season went a little fast for him as a freshman, but is grateful for that period as there should be no growing pains in year two.