(Elk Horn) As Week 2 of football practice gets underway at Exira-EHK gets underway, the coaching staff has several unanswered questions.
Between position battles and trying to fit the right defensive scheme to their personnel, head coach Tom Petersen says he’s glad his team is not one of the several 8-player squads that will be kicking off this Friday night.
Another reason this is such a big week of practice is to continue working on the new offensive scheme. Coach Petersen explains it will be a no huddle, with the goal being to play as fast as possible.
The Spartans return several key skill position players such as Trey Sander, Nick Peppers, and Drew Peppers who all made important contributions on both sides of the ball. All three ran for at least 900 yards, while Nick Peppers was among the state leaders in tackles in 2012.
The big concern is replacing the great offensive line. Four starters from that unit graduated and returner Joe Harris is the only one who has locked down a starting spot for this year. The team will go to two tight ends as opposed to traditional offensive tackles. Several candidates are competing for starting spots up front.
Exira-EHK is coming off of a 12-1 season. They’ll open up against Boyer Valley on August 30th. Coach Petersen notes Glidden-Ralston as the pre-season district favorite.
Click here for the interview with Exira-EHK coach Tom Petersen