For the eighth straight year, Iowa Park Head Coach Aubrey Sims is breaking in a new quarterback. For the first time, though, it’s not a senior.
It’s Junior Trent Green, who was the junior varsity starter last season.
“We have a new quarterback back there, he just needs to find his groove and just really start meshing with just the offense in general,” Linebacker Tyler Campbell said. “I think we find that groove on offense, I think we’ll be fine.”
By fine, Campbell means outdoing last years starter Dylan Meyers., and his 1,500 passing yards and 13 touchdowns.
Sims said Green just shouldn’t try to force things.
“Just play the game,” Sims said. “He’s been in this offense, this will be his fourth year and he’s got some good talent around him. Just don’t try to force the issue and make mistakes and just play the game.”
That is something Sims has tried to teach all his players as he enters his fourth season with the Hawks.
“I love these kids, they’ve worked very hard this summer and all off season,” Sims said. “I’m not trying to make them worse. I just know where I feel like they can be and if I’m not getting their best then I can’t live with that. I can handle not being very good athletically, but poor effort there’s no excuse for.”
“He’s a really nice guy, on the field he wants us to be the best,” Center Andrew Bolf said. “I feel like he’s just strict to make us better. I mean, on and off the field. We have to be clean shaven and I feel like that just keeps something up. That makes us think about everything, every day.”
Which makes them better on Friday nights.
“When it comes game time, we’re more disciplined and we’ve been trained and taught what to do and what to do on Friday night,” Campbell said.
The Hawks are coming off a 9-3 season. Ending in the second round of the playoffs.
“We had good senior leadership, we were in every ball game,” Sims said. “We lost our quarterback in the last game. Regrouped and won a playoff game. Just a very good tough group of kids that played all four quarters and were fun to coach.”
Iowa park returns 20 lettermen, including Billy Pearson, who had a big impact on both sides of the ball with over 700 receiving yards and 84 tackles, and linebacker Brandon Brewer and Waylynn Williams who combined for 196 tackles.