By Tyler Trumbauer
When a team loses their starting quarterback,who rushed for over 1,000 yards, their running back, who rushed for nearly another 1,000 yards and their leading linebacker, amongst many other prominent contributors to graduation, one would expect a down year to follow.
No one told the Parkland Trojans that.
The Trojans lost a tremendous senior class last year; one that led their team to a district championship and a little run in the state tournament. With all those losses there are plenty of returners on this large squad, 19 starters returning to be exact, and head coach Jim Morgans is excited about that.
“I absolutely [think the experience will help]. Anytime you can bring some experienced players back, especially a group that played pretty deep in to the season, it can help. We had 14 football games last season. As far as the season is concerned, it is like having an addition spring football season. We had four extra weeks of football that helps.”
This year the Trojans are having a three-way competition for starting quarterback that includes Davonte Boss, who looks like the favorite to win the job. Another key newcomer is Kareem Williams. He played last year, but is going to see significant more playing time this season as he will be a two way starter for Parkland at the linebacker and running back positions.
Having a quarterback competition can potentially be a distraction to a team as there is an unknown leader, but Morgans says it hasn’t thrown his camp off course.
“I think it is just business as usual,” Morgans said. “Our kids are very aggressive in camp. They are very support of the candidates. If they are having a bad day, they are picking them up. Our kids understand the concept of a team and they are very supportive of all three quarterbacks.”
Morgans reiterated that what is important with these young quarterbacks is that they cannot put pressure on themselves and that they really do have a great supporting cast around them.
“I think it is realistic to say that we are going to be a competitive football team,” admitted Morgans. “My goals are always that we need to get better from week to week. We have a very difficult schedule as we start out with Delaware Valley and then we go to Easton. Just those two games right there show us that we need to get better every day. We as coaches need to put the players in the right spot to succeed.”
The Trojans, even with losing their solid core from 2012, are on the right track to be nearly unbeatable this season. They were tri-champions of the Lehigh Valley Conference last season and could hold the title for themselves this year. They have to compete with a tough Eason team for that championship, but either way, Parkland will be on the tip of everyone’s tongue when it comes to talking about playoff football this season.