Andale football reloads after second straight state championship
WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Two straight 3A state championships and a current 25-0 record, those are just a couple impressive facts about Andale football. But even though the Indians lost a lot of three-year starters, they said they’re reloading instead of rebuilding.
Andale lost almost 20 seniors from last season’s undefeated football team.
Andale’s head coach Dylan Schmidt said, “So we lose our entire backfield. Our fullback was Jack Engelbrecht, we lose him. Eli Rowland who was 3A player of the year, we lose him at tailback, then Noah Meyer. All three of those guys, we replace and so that’s a tall task.”
It’s no secret that the Indians are a run-heavy team but coach Schmidt said they have about eight guys they feel good about playing in the backfield this year, a good problem to have, he said.
“The challenge is how do we get all of those kids in and get them enough repetition so that they’re ready to go,” said Schmidt.
Senior offensive lineman Beau Kerschen said, “We like to run the ball a lot, that’s just what we do. There’s not really any difference, no let down from last year. We just replace guys, get them in, get them going. I think it’s going to look a lot like last year.
With 81 guys out for the team this year, the Indians aren’t seeing the same problem many programs are seeing this year, which is finding guys to fill holes especially up front.
“It’s always just been our offensive line, we know what we’re doing, we’re big, we’re strong,” said Kerschen.
Senior offensive lineman Clay Glasscock said, “We lost a lot of seniors, three-year starters and I think we’ll fill those spots pretty well with all of the guys who have stepped up to the plate and took that responsibility over.”
“We have a lot of guys who could play for us and so how do we get them repetition and practice,” said Schmidt. “How do we feel like we have the right combination, and we won’t week one. That takes time to figure out where so and so fits in.”
Schmidt hopes the turnover margin continues to be in their favor this year. Taking the ball away three times to one over the last several years has the secret to the Indians success.
Andale opens the season on the road at Rose Hill this Friday.
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