The Spring Hill Broncos football finished 2019 with a 5-5 record that included the school’s 5th ever postseason football win. The Broncos offense returns plenty of production while the defense finds new starters.
“We are excited about the great things happening at Spring Hill,” said 5th-year head coach Jason Feeback.
“Our guys had a great summer and showed up to work and got better.”
Junior Zach Knowlton will factor into a big part of the Bronco’s offense this season.
The 5’6″ 155 lbs. tight end recorded 464 receiving yards with 4 touchdowns including 12 rushing yards and 1 touchdown in his sophomore campaign.
Joining him on offense is junior Dylan Lazenby.
Lazenby, listed at 5’9″ 175 lbs. and at the running back position, contributed 269 yards and 2 touchdowns last season.
“We will replace eight players on defense, but return some of our best players on offense in Letellier, Gardner, Knowlton and Lazenby,” said Feeback.
“Letellier will move back to (quarterback) after a solid junior season as a wide receiver, and we are excited to see what he can do this year.”
Letellier, a 6’2″ 185 lbs. senior, threw for 200 yards with 22 passes completed, and 1 interception.
Upfront, the Spring Hill should return three senior offensive linemen.
Anchoring the line will be third year starter Denver Gardener, 6”2″ 275 lbs., two year starter Tanner Thompson, 6′ 210 lbs., and Clay Flaming, 5’11” 220 lbs.
The physical front with the skill positions’ talent should improve the 18 points per game average from last season.
However, the defense is where the Spring Hill football team has spent most of its offseason focusing on improving.
Three of the four top defensive players lost to graduation went on to play college football.
The Broncos will look to 6′ 155 lbs. senior Cody Powell as an on-field leader on defense.
Powell recorded 81 tackles at defensive back, two for losses, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.
Joining Wilm in the backfield is 5’10” 155 lbs. senior Anthony Lakin and 5’7″ 160 lbs. Braden Larson. The pair combined for 56 tackles in their junior year.
Joining them on defense is senior Chase Wilm at linebacker. The 6’2″ 185 lbs. wall brought down 62 opposing players last season with five tackles for losses, a sack, and a forced fumble.
The defense gave up an average of 34 points per game in their five losses last season.
Meanwhile, the Broncos gave up an average of 10 points per game in their five wins.
The defense will need to find its identity quickly if they hope to compete for a league title in the always-tough Frontier League.
“We know we will have our hands full in the always tough Frontier League, but we love to compete against the best of the best. This is a good group of young men we have here. We will need to come together as a family and adjust, adapt, and overcome throughout the 2020 season,” commented Feeback.
The 2020 schedule will look a bit different than initially planned.
Bonner Springs and KC-Piper football programs, originally scheduled to face Spring Hill, will not compete this season due to COVID-19 public health orders.
At this time, no replacements have filled the void.
Spring Hill will open on the road at Louisburg with back-to-back home games against Paola and Ottawa.