The Waynesville Tigers Middle school seventh grade football program is a vital part of the varsity program, as they help to prepare kids for the high school level.

This years team will be coached by Brian Beckler, Mark Wilson and Jesse Hulett. The coaches have been at Waynesville for 13 years preparing kids for high levels of football.

Beckler said this about what the team is planning this season, “This is year is a transition year for our whole program 7-12. Our goal is to implement as many new ideas (offensive/defensive schemes) in addition to moving the middle school program forward with the new philosophy being brought in with the new varsity coach.”

Last season the Tigers went 5-1 on the season against their conference opponents. They came in second in the conference standings.

Beckler said this about the team, “We will encourage our student athletes to buy into the new program and help them to "DECLARE TO BE GREAT!"”

He also said, “The seventh (grade) staff is looking forward to the challenges ahead and the new direction our program is headed.”

The Tigers will begin their season against the Bolivar Liberators in Bolivar on September 6. They will them travel to Springfield and take on Jarrett Middle School on September 13. Their first home game will be against Lewis and Clark from Jefferson City on September 20. They will also play Smith-Cotton from Sedalia on September 27 before a road game against Thomas Jefferson from Jefferson City. The Tigers final home game will be against the Lebanon Yellow Jackets on October 4. They will travel to Camdenton on October 11 and their season will end in Rolla against the Bulldogs on October 18.