Hogan Prep coach Phil Lascuola says his team doesn't possess much size on the line. It's not the first time.
By SAM MCDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
So how does he plan to counter that?
Speed. And more speed.
What the Rams lack in size, they make up for with quickness, a factor that should play well. Lascuola looks for it to especially make a difference on defense.
"We should be really fast to the ball," he said. "We might be a little suspect in the passing game because we're young, but our run support should be good because we have guys that can fly around."
The four who headline that group are middle linebacker Ryan Franks, strong safety Martinez Lewis and versatile defenders John Wilson and Horace McAlester.
The offense is no different. When it comes to speed, the Rams will have plenty to keep opponents on their toes. Kewaun Riley is slated to be a workhorse running back, with Isaiah Baylis offering another running option at quarterback.
Hogan Prep, however, returns only one offensive lineman, Jordan Franklin.
"We have some good guys that are ready to replace the guys we lost on the line," Lascuola said. "They had a great off-season, but we just have to wait and see what they can do when they get into the battle."
The Rams finished 10-1 last season, but they bowed out in the second round of the Missouri Class 3 playoffs, losing 13-12 to Center.
"They're hungry — they feel like they stopped short of where we should've been last year," Lascuola said. "They're at the mindset where they believe the season ended a couple of games too soon, and that's been motivation for them."