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Countdown to Kickoff: North

The Huskies rebounded big time in 2019, and are looking to keep the pedal down in 2020.

Posted: Aug 14, 2020 11:47 AM
Updated: Aug 14, 2020 1:42 PM

After finishing 1-9 in 2018, the North football team turned a corner last year with a .500 finish, their best mark since 2012.

"In the second season, we started to see some kids, bearing the fruit of the hard work and preparation," said North head football coach Joey Paridaen. "Those kids put in the work in the weight room and in the off-season, and hopefully we continue to see that as kids continue to feed off that."

"It was definitely different," said North Senior Gage Sales. "It was a good different. It was nice to be able to play with the players we had last year. Dylan McKinney, J.T. Skinner, Alex Smith. You don't get a chance to play with kids like that very often so to be able to do that, and then have the season that we had, it was definitely something special to be a part of."

Last year, the Huskies averaged just over 30 points per game, and North would like to continue that pace. However, due to graduation, the Huskies will have to keep their foot on the gas without several key pieces. 

"Dylan McKinney, he was the man last year," said North Senior Brody Tichenor. "[McKinney] put up all the numbers. Of course we had Ethan Brawdy but Dylan McKinney just flew past everybody, he was just better than everybody."

"Definitely up front, offensive line, we made a lot of different changes," said Sales. "Our coaches helped us out with a lot of different techniques we didn't necessarily have in the earlier years. So to be able to have that in the backfield, that we had with Capelton, Presswood, and Dylan McKinney, definitely helped us out quite a bit."

But in order to add to the win column in 2020, the Huskies know they must make some adjustments on defense.

"We got beat on the deep ball quite a few times but I think if we clean that up, I think we'll be solid," said Sales.

Stop the deep ball threat and letting people inside," said Tichenor. "We're trying to push everybody to the outside so we don't have the easy routes coming to the inside like a quick slant or something. Other than that, just the deep ball beat us a lot last year and that cost us a couple games. Other than that, not much we can do, but our defense is pretty good."

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