We continue our high school football preview with the Doniphan-Trumbull Cardinals. A team, after a 6 and 2 campaign in 2012, that has it's sights set on the ultimate prize.
Listen ...can you hear it? The popping of the pads seem to barely muffle the growling of the stomachs.
"I know our guys are hungry. We saw some success. As the year went on we just started to build some confidence and I feel like these guys are playing pretty confident. We got guys stepping in and are ready to do whatever it takes to get to that extra step to where we want to be," said Coach Brent Breckner.
On the heels of a deep playoff run that ended with a semi final loss to Sutton, the Doniphan-Trumbull Cardinals are back to work in fall camp with most of the core from last year's squad intact. And with that continuity comes heightened expectations which, they aren't shying away from.
"Yeah, I mean we talk about it. We talk about where we would like to be at the end of the season. That's kind of been a focus in the offseason with our offseason stuff. It's helped us build things and build the expectation because we were close and we played some good football," said Breckner.
And there is plenty of senior leadership for coach Breckner to lean on
starting up front with Eric Tobin and Grady Cook as well as the quarterback Riley Wiltfong and running back Jordan Slough.
But the X factor may be the team's leading returning pass catcher - the versatile Creighton Burr.
"He's a great basketball player. He understands zone coverage. He can kind of fit himself into the zone. He's a big target. Blocks really well, uses his hands really well. Just a solid football player," Breckner said.
And when it comes to offense the Cardinals want to look and play like a certain powerhouse team from the Northwest - the Oregon Ducks.
"We worked all offseason to get our kids in shape with that mindset. We try and play as fast as they'll let us snap the ball and get things moving. It simplifies some of the things we do on offense but we feel like we can do those few things pretty well and it gives us a good advantage," said Breckner.
An advantage that they hope can take them to the next level.
"We really feel like we can come out of district play and put ourselves in a good position and we'd like to make a run in the playoffs. You know, with our kids we have talked about how we would like to be one step further than we were last year and get a chance to put all the chips in at Memorial Stadium," Breckner said.
Let's take a peek at some of the notable games on the docket for the Cardinals. They'll open at Southern Valley.
First home game will be the following week against Blue Hill. A pair of monster contests come in mid October as DT hosts both Sutton and St. Cecilia.
And they'll finish off the regular season at Ravenna on October 24th.
Created: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:29:22 CST
Updated: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 08:36:02 CST