INMAN — Lance Sawyer’s hiring as new head football coach at his alma mater Inman High has sparked enthusiasm for a program that has won just one game each of the last two years.
Sawyer is working with a squad size of 34, up from recent years. However, the injury bug has hit early, which has somewhat slowed the progress Sawyer is hoping to make.
“Our area of concern is our injuries,” said Sawyer, the former coach at Hillsboro High. “So far eight have been injured. Injuries range from losing a senior in Chad Sprunger to a torn ACL during 7-on-7 to losing an up-and-coming sophomore in Michael Bledsoe to a broken leg from stepping off a curb at Perkins.”
Still, Sawyer likes what he’s seen so far as the Teutons are starving to get back to 2012 and 2013 when they put together back-to-back 6-3 seasons.
“Our team attitude has been outstanding,” he said. “We have a group of guys that are fun to be around. They do a great job motivating each other while still having fun in practice. I was impressed with how hard our kids have worked to turn things around. ”
The Teutons’ offense has struggled the last couple of years, but Sawyer likes what he’s seen from quarterback Keaton Case and running back Kane Timmesch.
“I was impressed by how fast Keaton Case and Kane Timmesch have looked in the backfield,” he said. He added that Ethan DeWitt has developed into a team leader.
The Teutons have a tough opener as they go on the road Sept. 2 to Hutchinson Trinity Catholic.