KENTON — After serving 29 years as the defensive co-ordinator at Kenton, Brent Fackler is beginning his first year as the Wildcats’ head coach.
“Before I always had to just watch half of the team,” Fackler said. “Now I have to take the rest of the Kenton family in.”
Offensively, quarterback Grant Sherman has moved on to the University of Toledo. Sophomore Trent Hites will take the helm of the Wildcats’ spread offense.
Nothing has changed, offensively, but holes will have to be filled by graduation.
The rookie Hites is progressing every day, according to Fackler.
The bright spot for the Kenton squad is the return of four receivers:. Three seniors, Colyn Blackford, Luke Jackson, and Kollin Stollar join with junior Conner Jones to provide experienced targets for Hites.
The Wildcats return two starters on the offensive line in left tackle Larry Wells (6-foot-8, 315), who is committed to play at Kentucky.
Right guard Mason Treen also returns, but that leaves three spots that Kenton must fill to give Hites time to throw the ball.
Defensively, the Wildcats return seven starters so that should be a strong point.
“Our defense plays a lot of the game due to our offense,” Fackler said. “We either score quickly or turn the ball back so they are on the field for long period of times.”
Tristan Reichelderfer (Sr., 6-3, 205) returns to anchor the defense from his middle linebacker position. Fackler describes him as a definite Division I prospect.
Jake Hale, Austin Phillips and Sylas Smith return to the defensive line. Trevor and Travis Downing return to the defensive backfield at safety.
Fackler feels that there are two keys to another successful season for Kenton.
“We must be good pass blockers and we need to improve the pass rush.” Fackler said.
Kenton has five goals and meeting them would guarantee another hugely successful season. Those goals are the following:
• A winning season
• Win the WBL
• Make the state playoffs
• Win the state championship
• To improve every day.