Knights fast facts
Head coach: Zach Head (1st season)
2015 record: 0-10 overall, 0-7 in District 24-6A
Returning starters: 5 offense, 5 defense
Key returners: LB John Niese, DB Taylor Vessel, TE Luke Norris, OL Ethan Ray
First-year coach Zach Head said that the intelligence of his group of players has allowed them to rapidly acclimate themselves to his new system, which he brings after a stint as the head of Clear Creek’s offense.
Defense will be a strength for the Knights with plenty of talented returners. Strong, smart, instinctive linebacker John Niese will be the on-field leader of the defense. The secondary is the defense’s most experienced group led by Taylor Vessel.
On the other side of the ball, it’s hoped that Head’s offensive acumen will turn around a unit that struggled last year. From spring on through scrimmages, senior Carter Fuller and junior Cam Davis were competing for the Knights’ starting quarterback job. Whoever gets the quarterback job will have a big target in 6-5 tight end Luke Norris, who Head calls one of the team’s strongest leaders and hardest workers.
By the numbers
1-19 — Clear Falls overall record since its playoff appearance in 2013
2 — The number of times the Knights scored more than 14 points in a game last season
“We want to break things down to each individual moment and win that moment, whatever it is we may be doing — to have that kind of focus and, obviously with that, competing and never quitting. If we can get that mindset bought in by everybody, I think we have a chance to be really successful.” — Clear Falls head coach Zach Head explaining the Knights’ “Win the Moment” team motto.
Player to watch
Taylor Vessel, senior, DB
The Knights have a promising group of defensive players who could help turn around the school’s two-year slump, and the secondary, in particular, will be the strength of the defensive unit. The most experienced segment of the defense, the secondary group will be led by Vessel in the safety spot.