The Eagles’ brutal schedule kept them out of the playoffs despite being perhaps the best .500 team in the state. Second-year head coach Andy Helms should have one of the best offensive units in Region 12, especially with the senior wideout combo of Travis Jackson and Zack Kauth. Junior signal caller Kurt Hess is also back in the fold.
* Players To Watch – WR/DB Travis Jackson (6-0, 165, Sr.), WR/P Zack Kauth (6-4, 185, Sr.), LB Taylor Bonner (6-2, 210, Sr.), DB Ricky Franklin (6-0, 170, Sr.), LB Justin Turney (5-9, 240, Sr.), TE Joe Szabo (6-2, 215, Sr.), OL Dennis Poelking (6-2, 250, Sr.), DL Justin Sprague (6-3, 240, Sr.), DE Keith Foster (6-5, 240, Sr.), LB Teddy Jennings-Farmer (6-6, 200, Sr.), QB Kurt Hess (6-2, 215, Jr.), RB Isaiah Cordell (6-2, 205, Jr.), CB Alex Kauth (6-2, 180, Jr.)
* Outlook – One of the biggest keys to the Eagles’ season will be the play of Hess, who will be a second-year starter. He has a lot of weapons at his disposal and Chaminade shouldn’t have any trouble lighting up scoreboards.
Jackson will be his main target. He runs a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash and has a lot of Division I interest. Another key will be how well their defense plays. The more three-and-outs the Eagles’ defense can produce, it should equate to more W's.
“I feel excited about the offense, but we still have to replace three offensive linemen,” Helms commented. “A big concern we have is the holes that we have on the offensive line. We were a one-back team last year and may see us be more of a spread team this year. The QB position should be in good hands. Kurt won the QB job in Week 3 and once he settled in, he had a very good year. He’s more familiar with the offense and should play with more confidence in the second year with the offense. His job will be to distribute to the weapons that he has and they’ve all got great ability to catch the football.
“We had a lot of tough breaks last year,” he resumed. “We feel like we’ve got the personnel to do some things this year, but we need to see improvement on the defensive side of the ball because we want our offense on the field. We need a few guys to step up on the defensive line.
“Our biggest goals are to win the GCL, reach the playoffs and win a state championship,” Helms added.