Head Coach: Garry Walker, first year
Last Season: 5-5
Top Players Returning: Garren Powell, RB; Daniel Blaylock, RB; Nate Lynde, OL-DL
Top Players Lost: Ryan Rafferty, QB-RB; Truman Leicher, WR-LB; Dillon Pettis, OL-DL
Top Newcomers: Phillip Black, C-DL; Connor Tichenor, QB
Offense: Northwest has a new coach and a new quarterback this fall. Garry Walker takes the coaching reigns after Caleb Crooker left to take an assistant coaching position with Sacred Heart. Connor Tichenor, a freshman, has moved into the district and will take over as quarterback. A player who came up through the Sedalia Youth Football ranks, this is his first taste of eight-man football.
“I like it because it will be quicker,” he said. “We can get back to the line and run some plays.”
Walker’s offense will focus on power running using Garren Powell and Daniel Blaylock out of I and T formations.
“I have a lot of faith in our line if we’re playing the way we’ve been taught, straight foreword, to the point,” Powell said.
Defense: A Pittsburgh Steelers fan, Walker wants to bring that style of defense to Northwest, using his defense’s team speed to go after opposing offenses.
“I’ve seen a lot of speed,” Walker said. “Right now what I’m seeing is speed and intelligence. … If you’re going to burn us deep, you’ve got to burn us deep quick. Get rid of the ball fast, if not, I’m attacking you.”