CONVOY - Jared Owens is looking for even better success in his eighth season as the Crestview head football coach during which he has amassed a 50-29 mark.
That includes last fall’s 10-2 record which saw the Knights eliminated 36-33 by Minster in the second round of the Division VII playoffs.
They also finished 6-1 in the Northwest Conference.
This year’s crew will be led by third-year starting quarterback Drew Kline (5-9, 150, junior), especially throwing to experienced receivers such as fellow juniors Wade Sheets (6-2, 170), tight end Landin Burch (6-4, 180) and Riley Saylor (5-9, 155).
“Wade was a first team all-stater at two spots, the first time ever for us here at Crestview at free safety and receiver; that doesn’t happen too often,” Owens said.
Also back for more are veteran junior running back Derick Dealey (5-9, 155) and sophomore running back Brody Brecht (5-10, 200).
Four experienced linemen: junior Robbie Gonzalez (6-0, 235, junior), junior Micah Snyder (5-10, 195), junior Korbin Hartman (6-0, 190) and junior Isaiah LaTurner (6-1, 215) will lead up front.
“We have 13 seniors that a lot of varsity experience. We have a good group of leaders on this team,” Owens said. “This group does a good job of thinking along with the coaching staff, which is something we strive to build in our team. We are trying to develop our overall team - not only do we have the 13 seniors but we have 14 freshmen that we’re trying to develop for later on in the season.”
Among the promising newcomers to the starting lineup are senior linemen in Gavin Preston (6-1, 225) and Devan Roberts (6-1, 295), sophomore running back Logan Gerardot (5-9, 170), sophomore tight end/lineman Carson Kreischer (6-2, 205) and sophomore tight end Tyler Hart (6-3, 185).
“One of the areas we need to strengthen is our defense. We gave up 25 points a game last year and we need to improve that area if we want to get where we are trying to go,” Owens said. “Brody is already our vocal leader as a sophomore. Another thing we try to do is be diverse on offense; we want to be tough to defend for our opponents, so we try to develop more weapons and be more team-oriented.
“We also seek to challenge our players in practice as much as we can; we don’t want them to be facing something in a game they’ve never seen before.”