Following the first four games of the 2018 season, the West High Pioneers sat at 1-3, coming off of three straight losses to the top teams in the GWAL. The Pioneers would go on to rattle off a perfect record all the way to the playoffs before losing to Manhattan.
Head coach Weston Schartz is entering his 37th season as a head coach, serving in his second tenure at West. He says this team has what it takes to be as good as some of his teams in recent years saying, "in order to take the next step, we have to beat the big boys, that being Northwest and Bishop Carroll, and we think we can get that done this year.'
Offensively, the offensive line will be the strength for the Pioneers, they return five offensive linemen from a year ago, all with good size. Jordan Dillon and Isaiah Canidy will be two names to watch up front for West.
Jeremiah Brown steps in at quarterback after West lost last year's starter to graduation. Behind the line, there are a number of question marks for West offensively.
Defense will be the strong point for the Pioneers, returning 8 players from last season.
One player who is poised for a breakout sophomore campaign is Quentin Sanders. As a freshman, he was able to tally 58 tackles to his name from the linebacker position.
West will open the season on the road against Hutchinson on September, 6th.