After a 6-4 record in 2013, coach Brent Maxwell understands a continued level of success in the Harrisonville community is expected.
And with a mix of young and old faces to the varsity lineup, it won’t be a surprise if the Wildcats are in contention for the playoffs once again.
“Our commitment level has been great throughout the summer and into training camp,” Maxwell said. “The work ethic has been tremendous. They’ve done everything and then some.”
Harrisonville relies on their second line of defense, starting with senior linebacker Landon Hern.
“He’s not the most vocal guy, but he leads by example,” Maxwell said.
Junior Austin Hastings looks to be the other linebacker that the Wildcats will be working out in that position.
Up front the call goes to Tucker Schlesener, whose pass rushing ability comes as a big plus for Harrisonville.
“He’s put on some muscle mass and looks to be pretty solid,” Maxwell said.
Offensively the Wildcats start with junior quarterback Chance Chamberlin, who filled in nicely last year when Zach Davidson went down with some injuries.
Junior wide receiver Wyatt Schenker also seems ready to make an impact and has a high football IQ to boot, Maxwell said.
“He’s a coach’s son, so he definitely has some football savvy,” Maxwell said.
The other part for Harrisonville is rotating as many players in as possible to create depth for later in the season.
“When their time comes, they need to be ready for that so they’re not completely shell shocked,” Maxwell said.
Still, the Wildcats main focus remains preparing well in the non-conference schedule so they can challenge the other teams in the Missouri River Valley Conference.
“If they go and play with energy and enthusiasm, then everything will take care of itself,” Maxwell said.