INMAN — Inman second-year football coach Lance Sawyer says if pure athleticism would determine the outcome of games, he’d like his team’s chances.
“We have as good of collection of athletes this season as we have had in some time and we are running the ball better,” said Sawyer, whose team finished 3-6 last year after starting 0-4. “Our defense will be our strength. We have some athletes who are willing to go make plays. Our concern is finalizing a couple spots on the offensive line. We need a few athletes to take charge and win those positions.”
Sawyer said the Teutons have squeezed a lot in so far in a short time.
“We have had a productive two weeks of practice,” he said. “We continue to get better at different areas and are ready to see where we stack up at the moment.”
Inman is home to take on Trinity Catholic on Friday.
“Trinity will be good,” Sawyer said. “They have some size and a really good, experienced quarterback. They play fast and we are going to have to be ready to match their physicality.”
The Teutons lost a fine group of seniors, but Sawyer said others have accepted the challenge of leading the team.
“We have several athletes who are stepping up to be really good leaders,” Sawyer said. “Ethan Stubbs and Jaxon Eddy are doing a great job with the receivers and defensive backs. Mason Thiessen has been phenomenal with the offensive and defensive line and Payton Froese has returned to lead the offense.”