“I kind of liked it on the edge,” the 6-foot-1, 225-pound Aguirre said with a smile. “But inside, it's not a big deal. I'll do what the team needs me to do. Our line is definitely going to be one of the strong points of the defense.”
Aguirre will be valuable at tight end, as a sure-handed passing target for Hatchel in his first season behind center.
“Dylan's smart enough to realize that guy can catch the football,” Luetjen said. “He's gonna look to find him as much as he can. I'm sure it's comforting for Dylan to know Car is gonna be out there running routes and getting open.”
It's the perfect example of the value experienced players bring, not only in their own performances, but in the comfort level they provide other players. And Hennessey hopes it keeps paying off — all the way to a third gold ball.
“We've got a lot of guys on our roster who have started for two or three years now,” Luetjen said. “We've faced the same thing the last couple years, graduating three or four pretty good players who we're concerned about trying to replace.
“But it seems like every year, we've had kids step up and realize it's their turn to take over. They've had enough practice over the last few years that they're ready to do it.”
Slogan: Who but Hennessey?
Hennessey might be better aligned with a Franklin D. Roosevelt campaign slogan, as the Eagles pursue their third term as champion. But this one's a take on Herbert Hoover's “Who but Hoover?” slogan in 1928.
Endorsements for Levi Hill and Car Aguirre
Jones coach Dave Martin: “They're a great combination. Levi's a great runner for them. He came into the state championship game and was a strong kid to handle in the running game and was definitely a difference maker. This year, being able to play them Week 2, I figure they're definitely going to do some pounding with him for sure.”
Hennessey coach Rick Luetjen: “Levi has been splitting carries the last two years, and he's still put together a great career so far as a running back, even splitting carries. He's going to be our go-to guy now. Car has been a starter the last two years for us, and he's a big part of our passing game. He's got the best hands on the team and we know we can always count on him to find a spot to get open.”