A study of numbers suggests the Lawson football team is set for a rebuilding year. After all, the Cardinals graduated 12 seniors from their seven-win team. All were starters, some on both sides of the football.
By SAM MCDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
That leaves only three current players who started more than one game last fall. So, yes, a rebuilding season is appropriate.
But not entirely accurate.
Coach Todd Dunn is opting for the optimistic route, quickly pointing out that this season's senior class of 17 players a sign of growth.
"Even though a lot of these guys aren't experienced, they've been in the program for awhile, and they're older, more mature players," said Dunn, who enters his 17th season with Lawson. "We're fortunate in that sense, and I'm proud of the leadership our kids have stepped up like we had hoped."
The offense must replace all five linemen, although the Cardinals possess some experience in their running game. Tailback Dylan Cordova saw extended time last season and will be one of three players to receive regular carries in the wing-T offense. Quarterback Garrett Titus will add another rushing threat.
"This is going to be the first time anyone on our line has had a ton of playing time, so that's going to be the key to everything," Dunn said. "It's going to be the consistency of those guys being able to help us move the ball. We feel like we have some athletes, but we have to have time to get them the ball."
The defense is headlined by middle linebacker Joshua Jacobsen, who led the team in tackles.