The Cowanesque Valley Indians are generating a lot of buzz heading into the 2019-2020 football season. After finishing 0-10 last year, the Indians will look drastically different when they take the field this fall.
The changes start with the introduction of head coach Mike Schmitt. Originally from La., Schmitt brings an impressive resume that includes a recent 10-year stint in Colorado where his team competed for the state championship in 2017.
Schmitt said when he began coaching Eaglecrest, a 5A school outside of Denver, the team was similar to Cowanesque Valley. It took eight years, but Schmitt turned the team around and finished with back-to-back undefeated regular seasons.
Schmitt will bring an exciting style of play to the valley. “Offensively we are going to be an up-tempo, fast-paced team. We will snap the ball as quickly as we can and run a no huddle, all signals offense. It’s a bit of a power game. From what I’ve seen I think we will throw the ball a bit,” Schmitt said.
Schmitt’s offensive strategy will play into one of the Indians’ strength’s from last season, that being the arm of Seth Huyler. Last season, Huyler finished with 1335 yard passing and 98 completions. This season the Indians will look to build on those numbers.
With Huyler entering his senior season, he is the perfect fit for an uptempo offense, and also mature enough to lead it. It also helps to have a quarterback with a strong arm, something new to Coach Schmitt.
“I’ve had some great quarterbacks, when I was in Colorado, I had two different All-State quarterbacks, both were runners, not necessarily big throwers. But, he (Seth) can throw the ball and he seems like a really great kid” Schmitt said.
With a new offense and a new coach, it will be interesting to see how the Indians fair in a tough NTL division. They will get their first test this Sat . in a scrimmage against Port Allegany, and everyone will get the first at what this new look offense is capable of., and if they will be able to throw the ball around as much as advertised.
The Indians will kick off there first regular season game on Friday, Aug. 23, at Wellsboro.