Before Pembroke Hill looked forward to the football season, coach Sam Knopik figured it would be beneficial to take a look back. The idea is to replicate a 2012 season that included nine victories by pinpointing the key to such a run.
By SAM MCDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
For Knopik, the answer was quite simply.
"Physical play," he said. "No doubt."
In that case, you can probably guess where the Raiders' attention lies now.
"It's the same story for our defensive guys — how physical the new guys up front will be will decide how we play," Knopik said. "That's where you hope your tradition carries over and those things we harp on every year show up in the games."
The new guys up front have a couple of good examples from whom to learn. Three-year senior starter Max Montague returns at middle linebacker to anchor the defense, and perhaps the team's hardest hitter is at cornerback, where senior Shea Radel resides.
"They're fearless out there," Knopik said. "Shea is someone who gets guys really excited when he's out there making plays."
Tristan Threatt takes over at quarterback after starting at slot wide receiver and cornerback last season. Charlie Mueller will also switch positions. After playing tight end, he is slated to get the bulk of the carries at running back.
"He's a real dynamic player for us," Knopik said. "I think he can really ignite any success we'll have offensively. We kind of expect him to be a go-to guy."