Drew Kithcart, of Atkins, is a linebacker, 5-10, 225, Sr., Benton HS, Awards/honors: Second varsity letter; Academic All-Iowa Conference (2016, 2017), 2017 stats: 12 tackles (5 solo) and is a member of the Central College football team for the 2018 season.
Also a member of the team is Blade Durbala, of Blaristown who will be defensive lineman, 6-0, 265, so., Benton, Awards/honors: First varsity letter, 2017 stats: 15 tackles (2 solo); 1.0 tackle for loss, 1 fumble forced. 1 sack
Coach Jeff McMartin returns 35 letterwinners this season, including four starters on offense and four on defense. Specialists Tyler Bryant and Jon Alberts are the team’s only returning all-conference performers as the punter and kicker, respectively.
Central has captured a record 30 Iowa Conference championships with 20 NCAA Division III playoff berths, including 17 in the past 30 years. The Dutch have not had a losing season since 1960. Central is the fourth-winningest NCAA football team since 1975 (.793). Coach Jeff McMartin has a 108-38 (.740) record, and is in his 15h season for Central.