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Drillers returning for 2013 season

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PIKEVILLE - The Kentucky Drillers are back. An indoor football team whose home games are played at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville, the Kentucky Drillers are closing in on the kickoff for the 2013 season.


The team is set to compete in the CIFL after spending two seasons in the UIFL. This change suits the Drillers especially well, since the organization is focused on change and new direction. The Kentucky indoor football team is hoping the new direction will take them to a championship. One change from last season is addition of Director of Player Personnel, Bobbie McKinney.


“We obviously want to take the team in a new direction,” McKinney said. There were some problems last season that should not have been and I want to ensure the fans who make this team possible that we won’t have those same problems this season. We are focused on teamwork and being an asset to the community.”


The Drillers will open camp on Jan. 25. The Kentucky indoor football team is putting the finishing touches on what promises to be an exciting season. Local and out-of-area players have been signed to camp, making for an amazing pool of talent.


“We are more talented and athletic than ever before,” Drillers Coach Rick Kranz said. “We will surprise a lot of people in 2013.”


The Drillers’ 2013 schedule will consist of five home games and five road games as part of a 10-game regular-season slate. The Drillers will open the 2013 season on the road on Feb. 8 versus the Owensboro Rage. The following week, Kentucky will host its home opener at the Expo Center.


Regular-season play for the Drillers will wrap up in mid-May. While relying on their fan base and sponsors for support, the Drillers pride themselves on trying to give back to the community. Last season, players went to various schools and talked to students about the importance of doing well in school and being a responsible part of the community. They were joined in their school visits by members of the dance team, the Drillbits. The same held true for their visit to a local nursing home to spend time with the sick and elderly. The team also participated in a charity basketball game to benefit the football program of a local high school.


“We are very hopeful that we will have the opportunity to visit schools, nursing homes, things of that nature,” Kranz added. “We really enjoyed the charity basketball game last season and encourage any school or organization that would be interested in a game or visit from the team this season to contact the Drillers at 606-509-7277.”

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