The Wichita Eagle and VarsityKansas gear up for the 2011 high school football season by presenting in-depth previews for 30 area teams.
"We have a really strong core of juniors and seniors who are hungry for success. Cheney has a good tradition of success and we want to continue that."
AT A GLANCE
Last season: 4-5
Last five seasons: 29-18
Projected 2011 playoff team? No
BEST SKILL PLAYERS
Chad Harbour-Nordahl 5-9 140 WR Jr.Josh Keiter 5-9 170 WR Sr.Adam Wentworth 6-0 150 QB Sr.Dalton Gould 6-1 180 LB Sr.
Jaren Allen 6-2 220 OL Sr.Clayton Hufford 6-1 300 OL Jr.Anthony White 6-3 300 DL Sr.Gabe Schomacker 6-2 280 OL Jr.
WATCH OUT FOR
ADAM WENTWORTH ON HIS TEAM
What Cheney does well: "We definitely have a ton of leadership. We don't really have a ton of seniors, so it's a little surprising. But we have a lot of underclassmen really stepping up and filling in."
What has to improve: "It's been hard these first few days of practice, but we just got to keep pushing through. (Nichols) is really easy to get used to, but he's pushing us. We just have to push through harder."
Sept. 2 Hutchinson Trinity 7 p.m. L,62-13Sept. 9 at Garden Plain 7 p.m. L,41-10Sept. 16 at Chaparral 7 p.m. W,18-14Sept. 23 Bluestem 7 p.m. W,49-9Sept. 30 Conway Springs 7 p.m. L,64-20Oct. 7 at Medicine Lodge 7 p.m. W,41-21Oct. 14 Andale 7 p.m. L,48-17Oct. 21 at Maize South 7 p.m. L,40-12Oct. 27 Trinity Academy 7 p.m. W,32-7
Nichols takes over a successful Cheney program and will look to put his stamp on it immediately. That will begin with opening up the passing game with Wentworth at quarterback. He has two good targets back in Harbour-Nordahl and Keiter, and Nichols will look to exploit those talents.
Cheney has some big bodies to work with on its lines. The offensive line will be anchored by four bodies weighing no less than 220 pounds in Allen, Hufford, Schomacker and Tanner Wulf. White will be the big body controlling the middle of the defense. That should help open things up for the back seven.
_ Taylor Eldridge