It took nine games for someone to finally figure out how to score against the Cherokee defense, and even then, no one managed more than 14 points against the Chiefs, who finished as the undefeated Class C champions with a 38-14 win over Tipton.
But coach Bryce Schanbacher knows replicating last year’s defensive performance won’t be easy, despite returning five starters on that side of the ball.
“We’ve got big shoes to fill at the linebacker positions,” he said.
This season’s strength starts up front, with one of the biggest defensive lines you’ll find in Class C.
Trey Salinas (6-2, 225) and Hunter Jordan (6-2, 215) return at defensive end, with noseguard Kolby Gilley (6-1, 235) sandwiched in the middle.
The Chiefs have experience in the offensive backfield as well, with Tanner Bowman at quarterback and Austin Guffy at running back.
SHATTUCK RETURNS STRONG OFFENSIVE LINE
Tyson Bullard guided Shattuck to a 10-2 record in his first season at the helm, but graduated a lot of experience.
This year’s team will be built around the offensive line, anchored by Chris Baxter, giving the rest of the offense time to gain some playing time to prepare for a tough district schedule.
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