Central Missouri State gets a head start on most of the MI-double-A when it kicks off the season Thursday at home against Winona State. The Mules were 7-4 a year ago, fourth in the league, and under coach Willie Fritz, they’ve had a dependable running game, and a solid defense. Fritz says now they’ve got to throw the football to move up the ladder in the MIAA. CMSU is counting on quarterback Cable Davis, a transfer from Division one Southern Mississippi, to spark that passing attack. The Mules beat Winona State in the opener last season, 30-24.Missouri Western also starts its season on Thursday. The Griffons host South Dakota.