A new coaching regime in high school football often equates to a new philosophy, a new playbook and an altogether new way of thinking.
Not at Raytown South.
In his first year as the Cardinals head coach, Nick Adkins plans to keep many of the same things in place that David Allie made a staple during his tenure there. Allie accepted the head coaching job at Grain Valley during the offseason.
“There are a few small things here and there we’re going to adapt to my style,” Adkins said. “But it’s a relatively smooth transition. The changes are so small that there haven’t been any issues. We just want to keep the momentum rolling.”
Adkins ran the Cardinals’ defense for the past four seasons, so there will be even fewer changes on that side of the football.
Defensive linemen Isaiah Colbert and Chris Dickerson, along junior linebacker Peyton Hampton, will take charge of that unit.
“We try to be as aggressive as possible defensively,” Adkins said. “Our goal is to get some speed in our (defensive) backfield so that we can start blitzing people and put pressure on the quarterback. We want to force the quarterback and running backs to make decisions as quickly as possible.”
Adkins says he still has a bit to learn when it comes to the Cardinals offense, but he’s confident in his players’ skill sets there.
Jabril Cox is in line to start at quarterback, and Adkins considers him a dual-threat player. Seniors Isaiah Hutchinson and Stephon Rucker-Carroll will carry the load in the backfield. Center Will Samuels anchors the offensive line.