HIAWATHA (KSNT) – Hiawatha could not overcome the loss of a senior class that produced back-to-back playoff berths in 2014, as the Red Hawks finished the season without a win.
“Yeah we were very young last year,” said Joseph Kunkel, junior quarterback and safety. “We gained a lot of experience and I think that will greatly help us.”
Last year, the team saw many young guns getting playing time and now those players are ready to step it up in 2015.
“I think that we have a lot of experience,” said Ethan Pierce, senior wide receiver and linebacker. “We have a lot of younger kids that played last year, and now they’re older. I think that we’ll see a lot of improvement and I’m excited for it.”
Coach Chris Diller will be in his 8th season as head coach, and he hopes to lead this young team to a competitive state in the Big 7 League.
“You know I think we’ll be quite a bit better,” Diller said. “We kind off had to force feed some sophomores into the field last year. We had six or seven starting so we were real inexperienced.”
The players are looking for a completely different outcome in 2015 and they have one mindset to drive them.
“I think we that we want to win this year,” Pierce said. “I think we have a lot of drive in us. We’re looking for improvement, we want to win.”
Hiawatha opens up their season against Royal Valley on September 4th.