CIK Season Preview: New head coach looks to continue Garden Plain Owls success

Garden Plain looks to continue successful tradition under new head coach, Dan Adelhardt.
Garden Plain looks to continue successful tradition under new head coach, Dan Adelhardt.(KWCH)
Published: Aug. 31, 2020 at 9:34 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The Garden Plain Owls had a perfect record last season in 2A riding an undefeated streak all the way into the state playoff quarterfinals.

Losing to Hoisington was their first defeat all year and it ended their impressive season.

The Garden Plain Owls are hitting the practice field hard ahead of this season, not satisfied with their 10-1 record last year and an early playoff exit.

Garden Plain head football coach Dan Adelhardt said, “Winning games is fun but going farther is what they want to do.”

The Owls have a new hunger for success but they also have a new head coach, Dan Adelhardt.

Senior middle linebacker Anthony Hays said, “It’s definitely a different coaching style, he likes to relate things differently, it’s kind of funny. Definitely keeps practice fun.”

Adelhardt said, “I’m not here to reinvent the wheel, I’m hoping to make good what you guys did better. Little tweaks is the best way I can put it.”

The transition should be easier with nearly the entire defense returning. But of last year’s offense that averaged nearly 50 points a game, only three of those starters return.

Hays said, “Always want to put up as many points as we can but we have a new offense this year and trying to adapt to it might be difficult but I think we can handle it.”

Senior quarterback and linebacker Tranden Daerr said, “We have a lot of skill guys. We don’t have big 6′5, 6′6 linemen, 300 pounds, we don’t have any of that. We’ve got our fast, mean but lean guys ready to go after the ball every play.”

“We have some good backs coming back. Our defense has got to keep us in football games,” said Adelhardt. “They’ve got to keep us close when the offense may not be as explosive or it could be as explosive, nobody knows.”

The Owls open the season hosting Conway Springs on September 4th.

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