Belton coach Matt Blackburn didn’t want to do it.
No coach wants to play five freshmen on the varsity team, but after graduating six seniors from the 2011 team that went to the regional semifinals, he had to. This season he is going to reap the benefits.
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Staff writers Kevin Posival, Alex Byington and Clay Whittington contributed to this report.