Moving on after 14 years at Raytown South, new Grain Valley football coach David Allie knew there would be some adjustments to be made.
But a meeting with the incoming seniors back in April gave him the confidence that his Eagles will be a force in the Missouri River Valley Conference.
“They bought into the system and it’s been a good transition,” Allie said.“I believe it comes down to work eithic, and they’ve got that.”
Buying into the system has allowed some players to blossom, including senior Brenton Leighow. His experience at linebacker brings stability to the middle of the field.
That also goes for Jacob Miller, Blake Lacey and Evan Velasquez, some of the team’s other senior leaders.
“The whole senior class has been great,” Allie said.
Allie also mentioned Jacob Thompson on the offensive line as a crucial part to the development of the linemen.
Coming into a new league after so many years in the Suburban Conference, Allie relies on his game plans. He knows they will have to be sharp for his entire squad to be successful.
Still, he knows staying with the fundamentals keeps the team confident.
“We’re going to have to play a physical brand of football and not make mistakes,” Allie said.