Just like anything new, it takes time to work out the kinks. However, for Clopton/Elsberry IndianHawks new Head Coach Mike Scheibel, this is going to be their season to shine.
“We’re a family and that’s how we want to play,” explained Scheibel. “I want this to be a team atmosphere and I think that’s what we have.”
Being a player’s coach, as he put it, allows him to lead by example and for the team to give input as well. According to Scheibel, he’s not a overly strict coach he just expects everyone to do their job and have fun.
“We have a lot of talent on this team,” said Scheibel. “I think the problems in the past have been more so what position some of these guys play.”
One of the big changes Scheibel said they are bring in this year is a 3-5 defense, where in the past it has been a 3-4. According to him, the biggest concern on defense is going to be stopping the run. Offensively, Scheibel said they are a run and gun spread style offense.
“We’re going to be quick, we’re going to be on the ball, we might run a little no huddle but we’re going to spread them out and run the ball,” said Scheibel. “My plan is for us to be well balanced, so we will throw the ball, maybe 50 percent of the time but we are going to run the ball just as much, if not more.”
The other thing Scheibel said he is going to be relying on are his seniors, of which four were appointed as captains. According to him, there is a lot of leadership and respect on the field and that is something he wants to utilize.
“I let the kids vote on who the captains would be, so it says something when they picked these kids,” said Scheibel. “They are leading by example and they are playing hard and as long as they do that, I don’t think there will be too many teams that will be able to run us down, if any.”
The four captains are Jack Hicks, Rheed Leake, Devin Linton, Matt Parrinello.
Scheibel said he wants his kids to go all the way this season. For him it’s not an unrealistic goal.
“I know what these kids can do, I’ve seen them at practice and outside of practice,” said Scheibel. “I know what my coaching staff can do and the knowledge we have as a whole. Overall, I’d say the ball is entirely in our hands and I know we can do it.”
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