Even though the calendar says March, high school football prepares to get underway across the state this week.
“I was happy with the updated IHSA schedule when I saw we would still get 6 games; I was expecting less,” third-year Coach Ryan Jefferson stated. “Of course, with 6 games, the goal is to actually get to play all 6. Anything can happen with Covid, whether it be our own team or another team, that could result in a loss of a game or more. We will make sure to take every day with full hearts.”
Moving the season from fall to spring Jefferson says, “We’ll likely have more rain, more wind at times, and if that’s the case, we’ll just have to game plan around those factors on game nights. Other than that, nothing within the game changes.”
Returning starters for the Knights include Austin Abercrombie, Jr., tight end and linebacker; Brady Borntreger, Sr., quarterback and defensive back; Ben Carroll, Sr., running back and defensive back; Morgan Cotton, Sr., offensive and defensive line; Finn Davison, Sr., running back and defensive back; Brayden Fay, Sr., offensive and defensive line; Kaden Feagin, So., running back and linebacker; Billy Fifer, Sr., running back and linebacker; Rene Juarez-Cuevas, Sr., offensive and defensive line; Aaron Likens, Sr., kicker and defensive back; Jack Martin, Sr., offensive line and linebacker; Austin Plank, Sr., wide receiver and defensive back; and Jamison Rocke, Sr., wide receiver and defensive back.
Players to watch for ALAH are Max Allen, Jr., running back/linebacker, will start on defense and play some on offense; Keegan Ashenfelter, Sr., offensive and defensive line, will start on offensive line and rotate in on defense; Quentin Day, Jr., wide receiver and defensive back, will rotate in on offense and defense; Noah Garrett, So., quarterback and defensive back, will start on defense; and Kody Kornewald, So., offensive and defensive line, will rotate in on defense.
When asked about his expectations for the season Coach Jefferson replied, “Our goal coming into this season was to win the conference championship. As of right now, with the games lessened to six, I don’t know if our conference will crown a champion since not every team will play each other.” He added, “However, our goal will still be to win as many games as possible, and I believe we have the ability to compete with anybody and win every game – hopefully that is 6 games.”
Jefferson noted, “We were also notified that we received votes to be ranked in the Top 10 in Class 1A High School Football, and ultimately landed at #15 in the preseason rankings. Another one of our goals would be to move up and hopefully get into the Top 10 by the end of the season.”
March 19 – at Cumberland
March 26 – Tri-County
April 2 – Cerro Gordo-Bement
April 9 – at Arcola
April 16 – at Sangamon Valley
April 23 – Argenta-Oreana