Lee’s Summit North is taking a unique approach to improving its defensive output.
It’s revamping the offense.
The Broncos have added eight new faces to their coaching staff, including first-year offensive coordinator Jamar Mozee, a former Blue Springs South running back.
“The biggest thing our offense needs to do better is help keep our defense off the field,” Lee’s Summit North coach Ty Kohl said. “The last couple of years, we averaged close to 70 defensive plays per game. That’s way too many.”
The Broncos scored only 29 points over the final six games of their two-win campaign last year, and the offense totaled numerous three-and-out possessions. That, in turn, made for a tired and overworked defense.
If the new offense — built around adding more of a variety — is successful in moving the chains at a consistent rate, the belief is the defense will improve its efficiency, as well.
Senior linebacker Chase Overton is expected to conduct the defense. A three-year starter, Overton has led the team in tackles each of the past two seasons and had 109 stops last year.
“We want to come out with the same mentality we had last year, which is playing physical,” Kohl said. “We’re going to have to play harder than our opponents.”
That applies to the offensive line, too, which welcomes back two-time all-conference selection Logan Fries, along with fellow senior Tanner Vance. They will help open the running lanes for senior Michael Shaw and junior Chase Swisher, who will share the workload in the backfield. Shaw saw the bulk of his playing time at fullback last season.