It wasn't hard to pinpoint the reason Lincoln Prep stumbled to a two-win season last fall. A glance at the offensive numbers told coach Henry Newell all he needed to know.
By SAM MCDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
In their eight losses, the Tigers managed only 54 total points, an average of only 6.75 points per game.
In this case, the plan was obvious for Newell in his first year as the Tigers' head coach — he needed to revamp the offense. Thus, the Tigers will shift to the wing-T.
"It's a brand-new offense, so it's going to take some learning," said Newell, an assistant on the team last season. "It's going to be important that our guys stay healthy on the line. Our starters are good, but our backups are real young."
Coming up with a new offensive plan was easy. As for the execution, that will depend on the skill players.
Lincoln Prep plans to rotate junior Seth Fisher and senior Derrick Parker at quarterback while relying on tailback Justin Dixson to earn powerful yards on between-the-tackles runs.
Dixson, who also will double as a starting linebacker, should see avenues for tackles playing behind junior nose guard Joshua Van Dunk, another two-way guy whom Newell refers to as the best all-round player on the team.
"We're going to need him to lead the way for us on both sides of the ball and let the younger guys follow in line," Newell said. "He's got the ability. He's probably a Division I talent."