“The key for us is to stay healthy and stay motivated.”
That’s how Clopton/Elsberry IndianHawks Head Coach Mike Scheibel summed up the secret to success for his team this season.
The IndianHawks are scheduled to begin their season at Winfield on Aug. 21 and they have a good number of returning players to help them usher in another year.
Returning starters on offense are Stephen Talbert [Quarterback], Kevin Hamett [slot], Logan Anthony [Offensive Line], Scott Kuntz [Offensive Line], Jamon Graham [Wide Receiver] and Blake Kendall [Wide Receiver].
“On defense we have Blake Kendall back at Safety, Kuntz and Lockard are back at linebacker, Jamon and Kevin are back at corners and Logan on the defensive line,” said Scheibel.
Scheibel said Stephen Talbert will be the key to the team’s offense.
“As a sophomore he threw for almost 1400 yards and ran for 700,” said Scheibel. “He is a versatile quarterback. I am hoping with a year under his belt he can lead this young team that only has one senior.”
Scheibel added that Logan Anthony will be the team’s best lineman and will offer them the best running spot.
“He and Stephen are both being actively recruited for college football and it will be exciting to see where they end up,” said Scheibel.
Scheibel said the team’s defense will be reliant on the play of Scott Kuntz and Collin Lockard.
“They remind me a little bit of Devin Linton and Rheed Leake and they are only going to be juniors so the sky is the limit,” said Scheibel.
Scheibel said he expects Trevor Anthony, Logan’s little brother, to start at left tackle.
“He has great footwork and has shown he can be a solid guy on the line for the next four years,” said Scheibel.
Fans will get to see another newcomer in the form of Damian Walker, who will be serving as one of the team’s linebackers.
As in previous years, Scheibel said the team will be running a spread offense.
“We can’t just line up and run power football, so we try to spread the defense out to create running lanes and throwing possibilities,” said Scheibel.
Defensively, the team will run a 3-5 [three linemen/five linebackers].
“We have some small athletic guys but not much size, so we need to use their speed to get around blocks instead of [going] straight through them,” said Scheibel.
Scheibel said his team plays a rough middle schedule through the conference, but if they can come out of that with a decent record they can look at making a district run.