Countdown to Kickoff: Hesston Swathers

Hesston is hoping to put pieces together to return to winning way.
Published: Aug. 25, 2022 at 10:00 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Hesston football is coming off back-to-back seasons with 4-5 records. This year they believe they have what it takes to make it further in the postseason.

“I think we were better than our record really showed,” said senior wide receiver and defensive back Colton Diller. “So, this year we focused on our brotherhood getting together and making sure we’re more of a team. We had a lot of pieces last year and just couldn’t figure out how to get them all together.”

“We’ve been putting in a lot more work in the weight room during the summer. I think as a team, we’ve grown closer as brothers. New coaching staff too for the o-line and d-line,” said senior tackle Tigean Lange.

Hesston brings a good core of returners and skilled guys who have gotten stronger and more matured over the off-season. But they’re working on mentally finishing the game, no letting penalties and turnovers keep them from winning.

Hesston football coach Tyson Bauerle said, “We kind of know who the defense is going to key on which is good, I’ll kind of predict we’ve got some guys a little under the radar though as well. So, if they’re going to key off on those guys and thinking everything is going to go to Jake and Hudson’s just going to sling it around, I think there’s some guys that are going to surprise some people. So, we like where we’re at, at this point.”

“We’re trying to run more, trying to get more of both sides because we’re known to be pass offense. Trying to get more runs in,” said Lange.

“We have a lot of skills, a lot of depth, different ways we can win games. If we need to run the ball, we can do that. If we need to pass the ball, we can do that,” said Diller. “So, anything that’s going to help us the best is the thing that makes us win.

Bauerle clarified, “We’re going to stretch the field. We’re going to spread the field out and I think we’re going to be a lot more balanced this year. We were really pass heavy last year. We’re still going to sling the ball around and have some fun. But we’re going to be able to run the ball when we need to run the ball.”

The Swathers open the season hosting Hoisington on September 2nd.