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Pedtke To Play At Missouri Baptist

By Brent Huelsmann

Cole Pedtke signs his letter of intent to play football at Missouri Baptist University. Standing is Hornets Head Football coach Tim Kuhn, Cole’s parents Leslie and Tim Pedtke, and Hornets assistant football coach Mike Borowiak.

Another Nashville Community High School athlete, will continue playing at the next level. Senior Cole Pedtke signed his  letter of intent to play football with the Missouri Baptist Spartans next season. Pedtke played tight end and defensive end for the Hornets last season.

When asked why he chose Missouri Baptist, Pedtke said, ““I really liked the coaching staff. I like the location of the university. I just loved their coaching staff, can’t stress that enough. Great guys over there. I love their facilities, love the way the program is going up. Can’t wait to get there.”

Pedtke joins a long list of recent Nashville Hornets football alumni to play at the next level, and head coach Tim Kuhn talked about the player that MoBap is getting in Pedtke. “I think it tremendous anytime a player from your program can move on to the next level. I think they are getting kind of a diamond in the rough. A guy that with a couple years in the weight room, and a couple years being around the program they run at Missouri Baptist, who knows what could happen. Again, you can’t say enough about the young man’s work ethic. He does all of the right things when you talk about the little stuff, so the sky’s the limit.

The Hornets finished with a 5-4 record on the season, just missing out on the playoffs, one season removed from advancing the the Class 2A IHSA Semifinals in 2016. The Hornets picked up a big win in Week 1 over the Carlyle Indians this season in a game in which Pedtke says he will never forget. “Always week 1, that huge comeback in the fourth quarter, will always stick with me.” The Hornets scored 23 unanswered points to defeat the Indians 45-42. The Hornets would also pick up wins against Carterville, Pinckneyville, in double OT, Sparta, and Wesclin.

As for what he will miss about Nashville, Pedtke said. “I will miss the whole community, playing on Friday nights, just the lights and everything, the whole atmosphere. I’ll miss playing with my teammates, I’ll miss being coached by Coach Kuhn and his whole coaching staff, they were great to me, and I’ll miss playing for such a great team.”

Pedtke is undecided on what he will study while at Missouri Baptist.

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