The Lee's Summit North jamboree featured some new faces and none were more vocal than first-year William Chrisman head coach Scorpio Horn.
Horn and his entire staff didn't shy away from being enthusiastic throughout the scrimmage, which also featured the host Broncos, Class 4 Center and defending Class 3 state champion Maryville.
“I'm so proud of these guys,” Horn said. “We only have five seniors. We're playing seven freshmen and the rest are juniors. I'm very excited and proud. We're trying to teach family. We want to cheer each other on and fight.”
Two of the biggest cheers came during big runs from running back D'Vontae Brown.
“He's a two-way guy for us. He's a heck of a running back,” Horn said.
For the most part, Horn was happy with the way the entire offense played.
“I was so impressed with our quarterback (Gannon Ogle) and our offensive line,” Horn said. “The O-line was opening holes and giving Gannon time to throw. I mean, we had a third-and-25 and we completed it.”
While the real games don't start until next Friday, Horn is hopeful the jamboree can be a springboard going into week one at Platte County as the Bears try and improve a 1-9 record from a season ago.
“We're going to be competitive,” Horn said. “We're going to be competitive in everything we do.”
Some other new faces were on the Lee's Summit North sideline alongside returning head coach Ty Kohl.
After a 2-8 season last year, the Broncos head into 2014 with an entirely new offensive staff and a few new coaches on the defense. With that in mind, Friday night didn't call for much creativity.
“We have an entirely new offensive staff and a couple of new guys on defense, so for a lot of the players this is new,” Kohl said. “We were just running our base offense and defense. We wanted to execute. There were times we didn't, but they were fixable things. As the night went on we picked up the pace, especially on defense.”
One of the biggest issues on the night was in the pass-catching department, but aside from that, Kohl said he likes what he saw enough to get a feel for who is ready to contribute come week one against Park Hill South.
“It's a good measuring stick and evaluation of who is going to be there for us Friday nights,” he said. “We solidified some things tonight.”
Maryville and Center were the most successful teams from a season ago on hand Friday night. The Spoofhounds are coming off their second-straight undefeated state championship season, while Center finished 8-3.
Matt Webb is in his third season with Maryville, and the Spoofhounds are set to return seven starters on offense and six on defense, leaving some open spots to be filled.
“I wanted to see who would step up when their number was called,” Webb said. “We have some new positions to fill.”
Maryville, which knocked off Oak Grove in last year’s quarterfinals, is riding a 30-game winning streak, and Webb isn't afraid to discuss it with his team.
“We don't shy away from talking about the 30-game win streak,” he said. “High expectations are a good thing. We talk about the steps it took to win those games. We talk about finding our identity for this season.”