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2017 Football: Pirates Look for an Edge with New H-Back Offense

2017 Football: Pirates Look for an Edge with New H-Back Offense

Ask Adna coach K.C. Johnson for a scouting report on his team’s offense and he just laughs and looks around for an imaginary VHS tape.

“We haven’t changed our offense here in 12 years,” insisted Johnson. “If they want a scouting report on us they can watch any of those tapes from over the years and get a pretty good idea.”

While opposing coaches around the league laughed out loud at the idea that the Adna offense has been stagnant for a dozen years, the fact remains that Johnson felt the itch this offseason to add a new wrinkle to his deep playbook. This year the Pirates will look to feature H-back sets based off of the Auburn offense of recent vintage in order to wring as much production out of their talented backfield as possible.

The stable of running backs includes Sawyer Burdick, Bo Moon, Ashton Dowell, Cole and Chance Fay. Chance Fay, a junior, was a starting varsity running back his freshman year but wound up missing all of last season with a high ankle sprain suffered during the final game of spring camp in 2016.

Adna will be able to keep defenses honest by employing the arm of senior quarterback Conner Weed.

Adna’s Conner Weed

“Weed is going to be pretty good,” said Johnson, who noted that his signal caller is also a defending All-League kicker and punter. “He throws the ball really, really well.”

Depending on the play call, Weed will have a pair of throwing options or big block setters out on the wings in the form of Ashton Dowell and Cooper Viggers, who will serve as wide set tight ends.

Johnson believes that one of the Pirates’ best assets this season will be their varsity depth at multiple positions.

“That’s the nice thing, is we are two deep everywhere,” said Johnson. “What we’re going to do is wear people out. I mean, we’ve got 25-26 guys who can play varsity football.”

On defense the Pirates return all of their starting linebackers, plus 2015 starter Chance Fay, as well as a pair of big boys in the thick of the trenches in the form of  5-foot-11, 280-pound Brynden Jager and 6-1, 275-pound sophomore Jason Chilcoate.

“They’re not fat kids. They’re athletes,” said Johnson. “They demand double teams.”

The experienced linebacker crew this season will include Fay, Able Ingle, Sawyer Burdick and Ashton Dowell.

“Our goal is to give up 7 points or less,” said Johnson, who was clearly enjoying himself as he put his players through their conditions paces this summer. His go-to conditioning circuit is known as “Uncle K.C.’s County Fair,” where players rotate around the field in groups doing various sets of workouts with different coaches. The gut wrenching paces include bear crawls, wind sprints, push ups, burpees, mountain climbers, up-downs and crunches, all while the summer sun beats down on a shadeless field.

“I always tell them there’s no rides at my fair, the carnies are mean and the corn dogs suck!” laughed Johnson.

Adna Pirates

SWW 2B Mountain Division

Coach: K.C. Johnson (17th)

2016: 7-3 (lost in crossover)

Returning Starters: Defense — Bo Moon (DE), Jason Chilcoate (DT), Brynden Jager (DT), Kameron Perry (DE), Abel Ingle (LB), Ashton Dowell (LB), Sawyer Burdick (LB), A.J. Johnson (DB), Brady Collins (DB), Cole Fay (FS); Offense — Kameron Perry (OL), Brynden Jager (OL), Sawyer Burdick (OL), Bo Moon (RB), Conner Weed (QB), Brady Collins (WR), A.J. Johnson (WR)
Schedule

9/2 at Willapa Valley

9/8 Toutle Lake

9/15 Toledo

9/23 at Life Christian Academy

9/29 Napavine

10/6 at Rainier

10/13 Chief Leschi

10/20 at Morton-White Pass

10/27 Onalaska

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