A year ago, the first, second and third options were to hand the ball off to workhorse senior tailback Colton Lengacher, and the Cougars’ opponents figure to get more of the same in 2013 with some timely play-action passes from senior quarterback Brady Helms mixed in to throw off defense’s trying to crowd the line of scrimmage.
“We’re expecting a great deal from those two, and the reason we’re expecting so much from them is our guys up front,” Helms said. “I think our offensive line is going to be very good — it’s the strongest football team we’ve put on the field since I’ve been here in terms of physical strength. Our backfield is a lot stronger, a lot bigger and a lot faster than we were last year. (Colton) Lengacher has gained 30 pounds, (Brady) Helms has gained 25 pounds, and Dakota Adams has lost some weight and gained a lot of speed through Force Fitness program. We’re blessed with Logan Turnpin and Doug Bays as backups at the running back position.”
The running game will be the focus of the Cougars offense, but the passing game was a primary focus in the off-season as an option that could really keep North Daviess’ opponents guessing on defense. The evolution of that passing will no doubt include 6-foot-5, 255 pound sophomore tight end Shannon Chesterfield.
“We’ve spent so much time in the offseason on our passing game,” Helms said. “Our playaction pass has got to be solid, and not only do we have Shannon Chesterfield, who is a big target, we’ll also play (Dakota) Adams at tight end and Andrew Steffey has moved to tight end as well. We’ve got some big targets at tight end, and Bays and Turpin will man the halfback position and will be very much included in our passing game this year.”