Olathe has different attitude after tough 2012 season

Photo by William Woody—Olathe’ head coach Ryan Corn runs the offense during practice Aug. 15.



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Photo by William Woody—Olathe’ head coach Ryan Corn runs the offense during practice Aug. 15.

Photo by William Woody—Olathe’s quarterback Trent Jole runs the offense during practice Aug. 15.



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Photo by William Woody—Olathe’s quarterback Trent Jole runs the offense during practice Aug. 15.

Photo by William Woody—Olathe’s Trent Piatt runs the ball during practice Aug. 15.



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Photo by William Woody—Olathe’s Trent Piatt runs the ball during practice Aug. 15.

Photo by William Woody—Olathe’s quarterback Trent Jole runs the offense during practice Aug. 15.



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Photo by William Woody—Olathe’s quarterback Trent Jole runs the offense during practice Aug. 15.

Photo by William Woody—Olathe’ head coach Ryan Corn watche the offense during practice Aug. 15.



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Photo by William Woody—Olathe’ head coach Ryan Corn watche the offense during practice Aug. 15.

QUICKREAD

ABOUT THE PIRATES

Head coach: Ryan Corn, 10th year.

2012 record: 2-7, 2-5 2A WSC

Assistant coaches: Tyler Vincent, offensive coordinator; Joe Archuletta; Thomas Godfrey: Jamie Goza

Returning starters: RB/LB Trent Piatt, sr.; FB/DT Rio Green, sr.; OL Tommy Brew, sr.; QB Trent Jole, sr.

Key newcomers: Daniel Nieto, sr.; Emmanuel Barba, sr.; Mitchell Carlson, jr.

Base offense: Flexbone

Base defense: 3-5-3

Team outlook: Olathe has time served in the rebuilding process, and the Pirates have a new attitude and young players eager to return the program to championship caliber. What they lack in size and speed, Corn said this squad makes up for in work ethic.



There’s a winning expectation when you play for the Olathe High School football team. Winning two state titles in the past decade will do that.

The players know the tradition, but it comes with a pitfall. Expecting is one thing. Doing is another. And success doesn’t come without hard work.

Last season’s 2-7 finish didn’t meet the lofty standards of Olathe football, and the expectations of players led to the poor finish in 2012, head coach Ryan Corn said.

“I think some of the guys came in last year and expected us to win games just because we’re Olathe,” he said. “That doesn’t work, and that’s not how we do things.”

Corn said his team has a different attitude for the 2013 season.

“You can tell they’ve come in fired up,” Corn said. “They know what happened to the group last year, and they’re ready to work hard.

“We’re just trying to show them that you can’t show up expecting things to happen. You have to make things happen, and I feel like this group really thrives on that.”

Corn said the quarterback position is wide open during camp.

Trent Jole replaced Jacob Solseth partway through last season, and Corn said he has no interest in “throwing a kid into the fire” as an unprepared signal-caller. Corn said he will assess the situation as camp progresses and find a player who can lead the huddle.

Also returning are fullback Rio Green and halfback Trent Piatt, who created a thunder-and-lightning running approach that will spearhead the flexbone rushing attack. Green also leads the defensive line as a defensive tackle.

The Pirates return 10 of 11 starters on offense from the 2012 season and nine of 11 starters on the defensive side.

Corn said his team is “small and slow” but a year older. He views the 2A Western Slope Conference as Bayfield’s to lose, with Aspen chasing close behind.

After that, it’s wide open.

“It’ll be a dogfight for three through five,” Corn said. “Hopefully we can be in the mix for that. Being a year older should allow us to have better outcomes in games.”

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