OLPE (KSNT) – After losing their first game in 2014, the Olpe Eagles never lost again as they won 12 straight games in route to a Class 2-1 A State Championship.
Now it’s a new year and the Eagles look to defend their state title this season but it will come with some challenges.
“We lost a good bunch of kids, so we got some holes to fill,” said Chris Schmidt, Head Coach of the Eagles. “It’s one of those things where we expect a bunch of kids to step up and it’s their turn. We know there’s a lot of hard work to do what we did.”
Many of their all-state players have graduated and now coach Schmidt is looking to lead a younger team back to Lewis Field for another state title.
“We got to do the same thing we did last year,” Schmidt said. “We tried to break it down to pretty simple stuff. If we can tackle, we can block, we can execute, we think we’ll have an opportunity.”
The players agree that it will be a challenge to repeat as champions this year.
“Everywhere needs work,” said Ethan Moyer, senior wide receiver and defensive lineman. “We did lose a senior line and a pretty good quarterback.”
One thing the Eagles return though is a strong running game, one that they players believe will be a strong point for the team.
“We’re going to have the backfield on offense,” said Andrew Burenheide, senior running back and linebacker. “We’ll definitely have the strength there, we’re going to be pretty quick.”
Their first obstacle to become back-to-back champs is La Crosse, which was the only team they lost to last season.