It’s the dawning of a new era for Cherryvale Football. Travis Young steps in as the new head coach of the Chargers.
Young, a native of Caney, brings six years total coaching experience to Cherryvale. This season is Young’s venture as the head coach of a football program.
“Our goals are to leave it all on the field every game and continue to develop and get better every game,” said the first-year Cherryvale football head coach.
The Chargers football program is seeking its first playoff win since 2013. With close to ten returning starters, they should be able to achieve that goal.
Upfront is the physical stature of Bryce Sallee. The 6’2″ 242 lbs. senior plays both offensive and defensive lines. Sallee earned 2A District Defensive Lineman Honorable Mention.
Kolbyn Hooper, 6’1″ 187 lbs., and Bradley Morris, 5’11” 170 lbs., join the offensive and defensive line with Sallee.
The change from the Wing offense to the Multiple Scheme offense allows Cherryvale to adapt to their returning personnel. Last season, the Chargers offense averaged 27 points per game.
The Chargers football team will have plenty of athleticism on the field Friday night.
Seniors Chet Linn and Devin Sawyer will be versatile for the Chargers offense.
Linn returns with 116 yards on 11 receptions while 6′ 150 lbs. Sawyer factors into spreading out the defenses.
Both players were ball hawks defensively with a combined three interceptions last season.
Seniors Gage Vigil, 6′ 150 lbs., and Jesse Booe, 6’1″ 160 lbs., will contribute on offense more this season.
Defensively last year, Vigil recorded 20.5 tackles and 1 sack. Booe chipped in with 12 tackles and 2 sacks.
Defensively, Cherryvale football surrendered an average of 24 points per game last year.
“I believe our senior leadership will be one of our great assets for the upcoming season,” said the Cherryvale football head coach.
Cherryvale moves up to Class 3A this season and next. With that move comes an increased level of competition.
The Chargers are battling for a spot in the 3A playoffs against Caney Valley, Columbus, Galena, Parsons, and Baxter Springs.
Parsons and Baxter Springs, much like the Chargers, are under the direction of a first-year head coach.
While COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on what the 2020 season will look like, Young mentioned that he and his coaching staff’s influence go beyond the playing field.
“Our biggest goals as coaches are preparing the young men for success on the field, as well as college and careers.”