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Redifer adjusts to America, nets scholarship

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 4/2/2014

Central Heights senior Byron Redifer is taking it all in being in America. He moved from Okinawa, Japan, the first week of August to the Central Heights school district.

Redifer made it known quickly that football was his game. The 270-pound lineman was a welcome sight to the Central Heights coaches.

Central Heights senior Byron Redifer is taking it all in being in America. He moved from Okinawa, Japan, the first week of August to the Central Heights school district.

Redifer made it known quickly that football was his game. The 270-pound lineman was a welcome sight to the Central Heights coaches.

When he hit the field, he became a force for the Vikings.

“He made a big impact for us both offensively and defensively,” Central Heights coach Kent Schulte said. “He has good feet for a big kid. He moves well. We ran the ball 95 percent of the time. We could not have ran the ball that much without Byron. On defense, we counted upon him to take two gaps. He contributed in a major way on both sides of the football.”

Redifer did not know what to expect as he moved from a school with nearly 1,000 students to Central Heights, which has less than 200.

“It is different,” he said. “It is kind of new.”

He grew as a football player going up against the likes of Tanner Erhart and Tyler Hendron.

“Having to go against them helped me,” Redifer said. “It made for a challenge.”

Schulte contacted the Fort Scott Community College football coaches and told them about Redifer.

“I did not know about Fort Scott until they called me,” he said. “They were a really good school.”

After his visit, he decided to play football for the Greyhounds and signed with Fort Scott.

“I am excited to see how he does at Fort Scott,” Schulte said. “Looking forward to seeing big things from him.”

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