Hennessey coach Rick Luetjen was deeply concerned about his team’s depth at running back last season.
When William Arndt went down with a season-ending injury in Week 6, Tabor Johns stepped in and solidified the spot with more than 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns.
This was following the Eagles’ loss of quarterback Dylan Hatchel to a season-ending injury that forced backup running back Tony Mendoza to take over.
“We kind of stumbled into it,” Luetjen said. “Sometimes we’re not very smart. I know it’s our job to try to play kids in the right spot, but sometimes it’s easier said than done. I would have never dreamed that he would have come on and did what he did last year.”
Johns is back along with senior Abe Ortega in the backfield, providing a potent 1-2 punch for the Eagles.
Hennessey is highly favored by opposing coaches to win District 2A-1, and it’ll be the running back depth the Eagles that’s key.
“We’re a little deeper there than we thought we were last year,” Luetjen said.
CHISHOLM TRYING TO MAINTAIN MOMENTUM
Before last season, Chisholm was 6-24 since moving to Class 2A. That suddenly changed with the Longhorns going 9-2 last season.
Now, they’re hoping experience pays off this season.
Chisholm returns eight starters on each side of the ball and have a lot of team speed, coach Joey Reinart said.