After winning four games last season, the Colonels promoted defensive coordinator Bobby Hughes to head coach after the departure of Rick Casko. Prior to serving on the Cass staff for the past three years, Hughes was a head coach at both Howard and Macon County high schools for seven total seasons, winning 47 games.
Cass also has moved up a classification to Class 5A, joining the same region as fellow county school Woodland. The changes off the field didn’t affect the Colonels’ preparation for the 2014 season.
“Our offseason was great and we worked out four days a week with more than 80 kids,” said Hughes. “We’re talking about winning today and getting better.”
The Cass offense averaged 26 points per contest last season and returns sophomore quarterback Trevor Lowe who appeared in 10 contests for the Colonels in 2013.
“Trevor looks like a different person this year physically because he’s gotten bigger and stronger while having more confidence,” said Hughes.
The Colonels have tinkered with the offense this offseason and installed a pistol formation to feature several running backs including senior Keelyn Wilkey, junior Boo Reed and Laizon West. Senior wide receiver Chris Morton will be Cass’ biggest outside threat. The offensive line will replace four starters but return All-County candidate senior Aja Morris.
Cass will look to improve a defensive unit that gave up 29 points a game last year. The Colonels run a 3-4 defensive formation and graduated both starting ends. Senior Sean Long will fill one of those spots and the rest of the defensive line rotation includes Edvonte Curtis, Xavier Davis, Evan Brown and Austin Mays. Sophomore Jacob Wilson has emerged as the starting nose tackle.
Linebackers Noah Foley, Collin McIntosh and Chance Scrutchins provide experience on the backline. Seniors Tyler Crabtree and Seth Hughes will be the starting cornerbacks for the Colonels while sophomore Bret Gaddy and Reed will secure the safety positions.
Head coach: Bobby Hughes, ninth season as a head coach (47-42-0), first season at Cass
Last season: 4-6 overall; fourth in Region 7-AAAA (A)