Tucker St. Peter
2020 Season Outlook:
The Cowanesque Valley Indians football team is coming off their best season in years, winning three games and making steady improvements as the season went on.
Despite losing some of the best area athletes in Seth Huyler, Kole Hurler, Owen Fitzwater and Magnus Swimley, the Indians still look to compete at a high level in 2020 with the combination of returning impact players and some fresh faces that should prove to be impactful during the season.
“We feel we can be competitive in every game this upcoming season,” Head Coach Mike Schmitt said. “Our numbers are still low, but the players we have returning have been working very hard this offseason and our weight room numbers have greatly improved over last year. We will only have three seniors, so we will be young, but have a ton of returning starters from last year.”
One of the players expected to be imperative to the Indians success is quarterback Tucker St. Peter, who started two games in 2019 and will be looking to fill some big shoes in Huyler who holds a handful of Indians records as a quarterback and was widely regarded as one of the most talented quarterbacks in the NTL.
With the start of building a culture of a winning program this past season, Schmitt believes that this season is a continuation of building that culture and the program so they can be successful in years to come.
“Our goal for the season is to continue our development as a program,” Schmitt said. “We lost some major players last year, so how we adjust to new player leadership is vital to our success this season and whether we can adjust our offensive and defensive systems to fit our personnel.”
Though some key personnel graduated, the Indians are lucky to have so many returning starters, and will need those players to continue to guide the younger group during the season and find new ways to win.
“As coaches we have to think outside the box and players have to have faith and grow in their abilities throughout the season. I think we will be a better team, but can’t say it will lead to more victories, however, I know we will work to improve everyday,” Schmitt said.
The Indians will also be looking towards a more option dependent offense this season, and will attempt to positively utilize the personnel at hand.
“I am looking to improve our option game and get better and take what the defense gives us on offense,” Schmitt said. “On defense I am looking to improve our knowledge of situations and adjustments based on what we are seeing and our focus will be to limit big plays especially in the passing game.”