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Football 2015: Wichita South plans to be productive on offense (+video)

South quarterback Allen Bishop returns for his senior season.
South quarterback Allen Bishop returns for his senior season. Correspondent

After taking a step back from last season, coach Kevin Steiner felt he had to change something in order for Wichita South to fulfill its potential on offense.

So he essentially fired himself from play-calling duties and will have assistants up above the field call the plays this season.

“I think we have coaches in place to be able to see more and do more from a play-calling aspect,” Steiner said. “Now they can see things and make adjustments based on what they’re seeing. Now I feel like we have a complete understanding of our offense and what we want to do.”

With nine starters returning to that side of the ball, Steiner wanted to maximize the potential of quarterback Allen Bishop and Co. In fact, the Titans did not lose a single passing, rushing, or receiving yard to graduation.

Bishop is a good athlete, a true dual-threat as a signal-caller, but this season Steiner thinks that play-making ability will be elevated by a host of other good athletes.

Torion Neloms is the most explosive athlete and will play out of the backfield. He will be joined by Treveon Wells and Jeremiah Hudspeth, two undersized but hard-nosed runners. T.J. Turner and Jariah Taylor also return out wide to give Bishop a full compliment of threats to target.

“What we really want to do is stretch teams horizontally and then pound them through the run game,” Steiner said. “Once we do that, then that will open up our vertical passing game.”

The defense is dominated by a junior class that is ready to turn around a unit that allowed 43.3 points per game last season.

Steiner thinks the defensive line, anchored by junior Tyrekus Birch, along with offensive line, will decide the team’s fate.

“The game of football is won and lost in that line of scrimmage battle,” Steiner said. “If they can hold their own up front, then we have the athletes around them to be successful.”