The weather might’ve pushed back the start time, but it didn’t dampen the Quincy High Blue Devils enthusiasm on their first practice on Monday.
Let’s address the elephant in the room, Head Coach Rick Little returns 11 starters, 6 on offense, 5 on defense, but of course one of the departed starters is do it all running back Jirehl Brock who is now getting ready for Big 12 play with the Iowa State cyclones.
Much of the responsibility of filling Brock’s shoes will fall on senior running back Adonte Crider, but the Blue Devils, who finished 7-3 a season ago and bowed out in the first round of the post season to Sacred Heart Griffin, feel they’ll be much more than just ground and pound.
Crider said, “A lot of teams, they face Quincy they think, oh they’re running the ball.
They’re going to be playing the run all over us, but I feel like we’re going to get out and spread.
We can throw the ball if we need to, run it still and our guys are going to fill the spots that they need to.”
While Quincy has found a string of success the last few seasons of course still hanging over their head is having just one playoff win in program history, back in 2013, but this group is determined to buck the trend.
Senior left guard AJ Miller said that, “Oh man. It’s hard to explain.
My freshman year, that was probably the best looking year other than last year with Jirehl and I mean we couldn’t do it.
So I’ve been hungry since freshman year to get a playoff win.”