CIK Season Preview: Kapaun Mt. Carmel enters new era
Weston Schartz takes helm as new Head Coach
WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - First-year head coach Weston Schartz is looking to turn around a Crusader team that went 2-7 last season. Schartz has been coaching in the city league for 37 years, and is the second winningest football coach in league history.
Prior to taking over at Kapaun in January, Schartz spent 26 years at West and ten at Northwest.
"Coming off a 2-7 record, we can't go any place but up. Our goal here is to restore the pride that Kapaun has had for years," Schartz said."They had a bit of a down year last year and we want to get them going again in the right direction."
The Crusaders finished seventh in the city league last season and 16th in class 5A west. They struggled across the board offensively, finishing with just 13 touchdowns on the season and notching just 522 total rushing yards.
"We want to move the ball a little bit better this year and we want to get physically tough," he said.
On offense, the Crusaders return senior quarterback Andrew Gimino, who threw for 985 yards and nine touchdowns. Senior wide receivers Tiger Jones and Cale Curtis finished last season with 322 and 285 receiving yards respectively. Schartz also expects junior tight end Will Dooittle to be a key component of Kapaun's offense.
"We've got players, we just have to get them in the right spots. We've got the tools," said Schartz.
Schartz is confident in the defensive core he has returning.
"We want to play great defense. We return 8 out of 11 starters, so I feel good about that," he said.
Amongst those defensive returners are senior safety Ethan Stuhlsatz who led the team in tackles last season with 90, senior linebackers Jaxon Powers and Reed Adelhardt,
defensive lineman Alex Rocha,defensive tackles Dough Bates and Sam Nichols, defensive ends Will Doolittle and George Traglia.
"They played great defense last year, and they're back. That's something to build on."
Schartz said after months of uncertainty due to COVID-19, he's just thankful to be on the field with his team.
"You gotta thank your good lord up above for this. We're out here, we're playing and we're getting things done," Schartz said. "We're social distancing, we're cleaning our pads, we're doing everything we're told to do."
Kapaun will kick off its season at home on September 4th against South.
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