Sioux City North went 2-7 last season. That was not what the Stars wanted so they've made a dramatic change in the way they put their team on the field. North hopes "less is more".
In the offseason, the North coaching staff decided to no longer use the two platoon system, having players strictly on offense or defense. The top guys will not come off the field.
"The two platoon system wasn't really going to be successful at North," said North head coach Shawn Meth. "We talked about, we've got to get our best kids on both sides of the ball. Therefore, we will be playing a lot of kids both ways."
"I think it's going to be a good time," said North senior Max Stewart. "I didn't do it last year so I'm pretty excited to play defense. I did a lot of offseason workouts to get ready."
Last year's starting quarterback Dan Tillo isn't playing football this year to concentrate on basketball, so Robert Nuestrom will be the QB. Nuestrom did lead North to a win at Abe Lincoln last season. He'll have plenty of weapons. Faris Najdawi led North with 31 receptions and Deontre Dean had a team high four TD catches. Wingbacks Carlos Elizalde and Xavier Scarlett are fast and elusive.
"We have some pretty quick guys on the team and we have some speed on the offensive line also," said senior fullback Noah Popken. "Even though they're pretty big I think they can move also. We've got to clean up the mistakes. The simple things, just being focused every day at practice, coming every day and winning."
All of North's skill players are also standouts in other sports. It's something the Stars look for -- and need.
"We don't have the luxury to just specialize in sports," said Meth. "So it's very important if you're an athlete that you go out for as many sports as you can. We feel right now that we have a pretty physical offensive and defensive line. We have all our skill kids back from last year. We're pretty excited."
North opens up against West on Thursday, August 29th. Then it's two more city games against Heelan and East.
Wednesday at six we'll preview the East Black Raiders.
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