October 11, 2009

Kater excited to join Chippewas next season

Central Michigan's 56-8 victory over Eastern Michigan pon Saturday was a familiar sight for Montague quarterback Cody Kater. Familiar in the sense it was a victory, something Kater is becoming all to familiar as he led Montague to the Division 6 state championship last year and has the Wildcats sitting at 7-0 currently. Kater was present at the Eastern Michigan game on Saturday and ChippewaCountry caught up with the talented gunslinger to get his thoughts on CMU's season and his Wildcats quest for a repeat.

First on the agenda was approaching Kater about his season and his teams dominating start. Montague's closest margin of victory has been 14 points, in a week six win over Ravenna. That game also happened to be the lone time Kater has played four full quarters this year.

"Ya, I played four full quarters last week, I played three and a half this week," said a smiling Kater. "It's starting to get to the end of the season and the teams are starting to get tougher. My season is going great so far, I'm breaking records this year and we're winning games, I couldn't ask for more in my senior season".

What makes Montague's success even more impressive is the bulls-eye they carry on their back as defending state champions. Every opponent they face is looking to dethrone them and puts it all on the line.

"Every time we go out, people try to out hit us, out everything us on the field. It's great that we can just go out there and do our thing, especially when teams are coming down and trying to kill us on every play with the target on our backs. But, we want just as bad as they do".

Despite the state championship run in 2008, there are rumblings that this Montague squad may be deeper and more talented then the squad before them.

"Me being a senior and a junior last year…I'm going to say that's true," laughed Kater. "It was sweet being part of that team last year but this year there is more speed and bigger guys, and that equals a great football team, especially when you've done it last year and we know what we're doing out there. This team just seems to be better".

Another team that has been performing very well in 2009 has been the Central Michigan Chippewas whom Kater has verbally committed to play for. The Chippewas currently sit at 5-1 (3-0) and used an electric atmosphere on Saturday to dominate their in-state foes from Eastern Michigan.

"I've been down here for two other games besides this one, and it's a great atmosphere to be down here and part of. It just gets me excited for next year."

Helping the atmosphere was the mass return of students to tailgate after some recent restrictions were uplifted and external audio systems allowed back in.

"Oh ya, the tailgate thing, I've heard about all that on Facebook and everything," said Kater. "The tailgating coming back is sweet. Everything with the whole student section is awesome and it gets them involved, that's awesome."

Since committing to CMU earlier this year, Kater has kept tabs on the Chippewas season.

"There season is going great so far," exclaimed Kater. "The defense is playing great, every time I've been listening to the game or watching the game, it seems like the defense is playing sweet. But their season is going very well."

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