CIK Preview: Andover looks to finish the job in 2020

Andover returns nine defensive starters this fall
Ashton Ngo returns in 2020 to lead a stout Andover defense
Ashton Ngo returns in 2020 to lead a stout Andover defense(©Kelly Ross | Kelly Ross)
Published: Sep. 1, 2020 at 7:27 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) -For the Andover Trojans, the 2019 season was a year that left unfinished business on the field. The team choosing to classify last year as such citing close losses in games that went down to the wire. Now, the Trojans bring in a new head coach and return an experienced core in 2020.

While most could say adjusting to a new head coach could take time, Ken Dusenbury says this unit has met expectations so far.

“It’s been great, a lot of challenges with COVID and practicing on a baseball outfield because of construction, it’s only a 60-yard field but it has been great to be out practicing football,” Dusenbury explained.

The Trojans return 9 starters from a stingy defense a year ago. Leading that front will be familiar names in Isaiah Maikori, Dillon Schobourgh, and Ashton Ngo, all of which enter their senior year. Maikori and Ngo were each featured in the Catch it Kansas position previews. The former of the two finished with 74 tackles and 5 interceptions, while Ngo proved to be the heart of the Trojan defense with 88 tackles on the season, while doubling as starting quarterback.

Schobourgh, a standout at defensive line was the first to mention the mentality the team would take this season saying, “We want to be good the whole game. We were good last year through the first quarter, second quarter, third quarter, and then on the final drive we would give up a touchdown.”

The offensive attack for the Trojans will look different. After would-be signal caller Eli Fahnestock decided not to play, Andover has been working two quarterbacks so far in camp, Ngo, and rising sophomore Brady Strausz.

“The guys gave been great,” Dusenbury beamed. “They are different players, one is more of a power runner while one is a pure pocket passer, one a senior and one is a sophomore. They both have different strengths and support each other and the team respects both of them. They both add a lot to this team.” he finished.

When asked if he had a heavier workload than others, Ngo noted he was happy to be able to step in no matter where his team needed him..

“It’s good to be able to step in and do what the team needs me to do. As a leader on the team it shows the younger guys to get in there, play where the coaches ask you to play, and be able to do everything.” Ngo said.

The Andover Trojans open the season Friday, September 4th against Maize.

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