CHS football hopes to bring ‘deeper’ offense
By Daniel Winningham
Carlinville High School’s varsity football team will have several different skill position players — especially in the backfield — in 2013 and junior quarterback Joeb Easterday hopes to lead the Cavaliers to more success this fall.
Varsity head coach Chad Easterday looks to reach the playoffs for the sixth straight season. So far, in five years in charge, C. Easterday has compiled a 34-18 record, including 9-2 records in two of the past three seasons.
The 2012 team finished 8-1 in the South Central Conference and earned a playoff victory over Arthur-Lovington before dropping an overtime contest to Casey-Westfield 50-49.
Major contributors Brendan Stewart (1,551, third) and Cory Farneti (1,247, sixth) both piled up rushing totals that ranked in the school’s top-10 all-time along with a plethora of touchdowns.
Last year’s squad averaged more than 45 points per contest, and C. Easterday believes the offense is deeper.
“Offensively, I think we’re definitely deeper,” Easterday said. “We have three or four kids that on any given night are going to play, carry the ball, catch the ball, those things we haven’t had before. We’ve had like two or three standout athletes that have had those positions. We’re looking forward to that in the program.”
In the team’s Gatorade Scrimmage Aug. 23 at CHS, running backs Garet Gwillim and Kinney Myles both reached the end zone on rushing plays.
Defensively, the squad allowed 22 points per game last fall, and the coaching staff wants to see that number drop by nearly a touchdown.
“That was a goal, that’s too many points to give up on a defense,” he said. “We really want to get that down in the 15-18 range and make sure we have that under control.”
C. Easterday is looking for big plays and leadership from his son, Joeb, who took over as the team’s signal caller midway through the 2011 season.
“He’s very poised in the game calling, he’s a tremendous leader in the offense,” Easterday said. “He’s an extension of me out there. That relationship started a long, long time ago and that’s going to be a good, stable front to have, especially when we are rotating some guys in on offense. Everyone keeps asking me, ‘Are we gonna throw it more? Are we not gonna throw it more?’ We’re from Carlinville. We’re a run-first offense and we always will be. I think the threat of (passing) is there more, and we’ll have to see how that unfolds as the season goes along, depending on what we want to do there.”
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