Cards, Titans hope 2A WSC can’t beat the spread
This isn’t your father’s Class 2A Western Slope Conference. A league normally known for hard-hitting football, as well as I-formation and Wing-T sets, is seeing a shift in offensive game-planning.
Grand Valley and Coal Ridge, both playing to strengths, are moving to the spread offense this season.
Grand Valley has one of the best quarterbacks in the state in Tyler Scott, and moving to a spread formation allows for more packages featuring the Cardinals’ star.
“It just made sense,” Grand Valley coach Mike Johnson said. “(Scott) has been doing this since he was a sophomore. He’s a leader out on the field, and I trust him to run the offense.”
For Coal Ridge, it’s about utilizing the same athletes that kept the Titans’ track team competitive.
“We just have a ton of athletes, and this puts them in a position to succeed,” Coal Ridge coach Kyle Sager said.
Olathe coach Ryan Corn said the shift to the spread offense will keep defensive coordinators busy.
“It’s not really my style, and I’m more of an old-school coach, but it can be dominant at this level,” Corn said.
The shift in offensive schemes has Grand Valley and Coal Ridge as outside favorites to knock off Bayfield in the 2A WSC.
“Speed. Speed. SPEED,” Gunnison coach Bob Howard wrote about Coal Ridge in an email to The Daily Sentinel. “They have some of the best athletes around, and their numbers are growing.”
There’s no doubt Grand Valley is one of the favorites because of Scott.
“I like what we have here,” Scott said, “and hopefully we can put it together and win a conference championship.”
But the Cardinals will have to contend with Bayfield quarterback Matt Knickerbocker, who returns for his junior year after leading a Bayfield team that ran undefeated through the conference.
Bayfield has a rich tradition, as does Aspen, another pick to compete for the conference title.
“(Mike) Sirko has his ways of getting athletes to come out for football,” Johnson said of the Skiers’ head coach. “Their scheme is good, too.”
Howard picked Aspen to finish atop the conference.
“They have an excellent coaching staff with a lot of tradition and a great scheme,” he said.