Though head football coach Kevin Baldwin has only been with his team for a couple of months, he has quickly left his mark on the Van-Far/Community R-VI program.
He first made a push to compel as many young athletes as he could to join the Indians program.
Baldwin then set up schemes on both sides of the ball that he believes will help his team be successful during this upcoming season, which officially kicks off Friday night when the Indians travel to Mexico to take on MMA at 7 p.m.
“They do some interesting things offensively,” Baldwin said about MMA. “We have to play good solid football and not be over pursuing things and we’ll be okay.”
Offensively, Parker Wallace is returning as the team’s starting quarterback.
The Indians offense will also feature running backs Jacob Garner, Sharrod Connor, and Trey Miller.
The line includes Cameron Barsé (C), Andrew Snodgrass (RG), Adam Hombs (RT), Logan Holt (LG), Alex Flowers (LT), Eric Hombs (TE), Colten Jensen (WR), Josh Hodde (WR), along with others who may rotate into the lineup.
“What my personal goal is to be sound, fundamentally,” Baldwin said. “We don’t stop ourselves, don’t turn the ball over, and don’t get turnovers and penalties.”
Baldwin said he has implemented a ball control offense.
He also worked on techniques with linemen to help them get into the defensive line when they block.
Defensively, the unit will show many different looks that may include a 4-3, 4-4 stack, and have some looks with a nose guard, which may be played by Snodgrass or a linebacker dropping down like Devin Fleming.
Linebackers also include Joseph Clithero and Jacob Garner.
Starting defensive tackles will include senior Hank Cade and junior Nathan Beatty among a list of others who will see time up front. Kyle Ebers will see time as a defensive end.
The secondary features Connor at free safety along with Eric Hombs, Jensen, and Hodde.
“The skill kids have to be in good enough shape to play both ways and it’s a good thing we have enough that we can alternate them in for each other,” Baldwin aid.
As for the defense, Baldwin said he wants his squad to play “good, solid, aggressive defense.”
He said the defense will be one that moves around and it may be challenging as the scheme will force some players to play man coverage across the field.
As for Special Teams, Hodde will take on both punting and placekicking roles. Return duties will go to Miller with some other guys like Connor also seeing time. After taking on MMA this Friday night, the Indians will have their home opener against the Central Panthers from Arnold, Mo. the next week.