Football Camp In Full Swing At Warsaw High School

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
The Warsaw High School football team began their week long camp on Monday at 8:30 AM. Some 40 plus kids turned upon a pretty decent day for this time of the year. One would imagine by the time the week is over that the blazing heat will have taken it toll on both the players and the coaching staff. 
 Next week is the dead week in which coaches in all sports cannot have contract with their players. The kids are urged to  do some things on their own in order to keep in shape. Over the last couple of years Warsaw players have met at the football field after dark to run around the track and to play disc football. August 6 is the starting date for the official football practice across the state and football fever will be running sky high by then.
There are two new coaches on staff this season in Johnny Eierman and Justin Thomas. Eierman will also coach baseball and is well known throughout the area. Coach Thomas will teach science and was on staff with Head Coach Ryan Boyer at Sedalia.
Speaking of Coach Boyer, he is optimistic about the coming season.  When asked about the difference between last season and this year, Coach Boyer replied,” I came from a larger school to a 2A school and realized players would have to play both ways. The good thing is that the kids have learned the terminology and we do not have to explain things as we did last season. The kids had to learn new systems whereas this season we can just tell them what we want them to do.”
Their running game could be their strong suit this season with Seniors Eli Hawkins and Keion Davis returning in the backfield. Hawkins is the short yard man while the fleet footed Davis is a huge threat in the open field. Hawkins battled injuries last season and hopefully he can stay healthy this time around. He is also pretty good on defense.
Senior Quarterback Matt  Luebbert is a question mark as he is still waiting word from the doctors on whether he can play this season. Lubbert suffered a pulled tendon in his arm and has missed being in action thus far this Summer. Being the first class the kid that he is, he shows up to practices and helps out in anyway he can.
Junior Matt Couzins is the back up quarterback and has showed signs of a decent arm and some good decision making abilities. Luebbert could possibly come back as a wide receiver and then Couzins would be the man behind center this season.
Dalton Nichols looks to be the number one receiver going into practice. Hopefully, other players will step up and give Warsaw a good receiving core. Again, if you add Luebbert to the mix with his leaping ability then you have two pretty good targets for Cousins to find. Actually, Hawkins can catch the ball if they choose to use him as an another option. Colby Schwartz is a big strong kid who played well in the seven on seven scrimmages earlier in the summer. Davis could also figure in the scheme of things as a receiver.
The line could be improved with Tristan Reynolds, Lane Bates and Jake Luebbert set to return up front. Everything starts and ends with a good front line.
The Warsaw coaching staff is still looking for a kicker but that is partly what camp is all about. The coaches assess their talent and try to make all the pieces fit. However, smaller schools sometimes do not always have all of the pieces and they have to make do with what they have.
With the new conference Warsaw will not have to play powerhouse Blair Oaks any more. They have added Cass Midway and Father Tolton to their schedule this season. Warsaw will also renew their old rivalry with El Dorado Springs. Warsaw fans will long remember the song, “Who Let the Dog s Out? “
In any event, the smell of football is in the air and time will tell on how many wins the Wildcats can notch up this season.