African Centered didn't fare too well in its first year of varsity football. The Knights finished with an 0-10 record and were shut out seven times.
By SAM MCDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
Let's try that again.
With a new coach, a better turnout in players and a new identity, African Centered is treating Year Two much like another attempt at Year One.
"We're changing the complete culture," coach Steve Trumble said. "We're doing a lot of little things that's going to go a long way — things like wearing ties to school, implementing academic standards, demanding better attendance. It's a different culture."
African Centered is set to welcome a handful of players from Derrick Thomas Academy, which closed in the spring.
Trumble, who previously was an assistant at Pembroke Hill, has implemented the double-wing offense. Running backs Markelle Ford and Robert Verge will be heavily featured in the formation with Lance Taylor serving as the No. 1 target out wide.
"The offense is coming along, they're excited, and they're learning," Trumble said. "Our line has to be much better than they were last year. They didn't have a system in place. But I'm a line coach at heart, so that helps a lot. I'll get them ready."
Ford and Verge are also part of the defensive secondary, which Trumble considers the strength of his team. Deandre Bailey and Isaac Newman are the cornerbacks.
"My secondary guys, they're awful good," Trumble said. "We have really big corners, and they're fast, too. You'll see us able to use multiple coverages."