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Newman rides smooth coaching transition to State Championship game

Newman Central Catholic High School’s football team is in the State Championship game for the 8th time in school history, but for the first time without M...

STERLING, Illinois-- Newman Central Catholic High School's football team is in the State Championship game for the 8th time in school history.

This is the first championship without Mike Papoccia as the head coach. First year head coach Brandon Kreczmer has the Comets back in familiar territory.

"At the beginning of the season it was different because we were so used to Coach Papoccia, but he [Kreczmer] caught on really quick because he started in 2013 so he was around for a while before that," John Simpson, senior left guard said.

"He didn't really change anything, we kept all the traditions the same, so we've kept things simple in the way that we've always done them."