NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP)--- St. Pat's following a winning season finishing 7-3, making it all the way to the playoffs in class C2.
But this year they're seeing one of the smallest teams they have in years.
With five seniors on the team, coach Dodson says they're 50/50 with returning experience; having some guys play in big games for the Irish.
But they'll be putting a lot of youth out there as St. Pat's looks to replace a key running back position.
NPSP head football coach Kevin Dodson said, "We've added two C1 schools in Mitchell and Chase County and those are two excellent football teams and that's going to be a tough start for us. GICC came down from C1 as well as Gordon-Rushville and so they're also on our schedule and we get to start with Sutton. And many consider Sutton to be a top 5 football team this year in C2 and so we're going to find out real quick what we're made of. So it's going to be from week 1 to the end of the season, it's going to be a grind."
Senior outside linebacker and tight end James Roberts said, "Our schedule this year is tough but that's how we want it. You want to have a tough schedule so you see where you line up against the top teams in the state."
"Open up with a top 5 team, They'll be a good team. And then after that I think we play a top ten team, a couple C1 teams but it'll be good for us and hopefully get some points, hopefully have a good seed," said senior quarterback and safety Jacob Swift.
The Irish said they're regular district competition is going to be just as dangerous as these new opponents.