HULL, Iowa (KTIV) — Western Christian went to back to back state title games in 2015 and 2016, winning it all three years ago. The Wolfpack went just 3-6 last season, ending a six-year playoff streak.
Experience is a strength of the 2019 Wolfpack. Western Christian has 19 seniors on this years squad. With strong senior leadership, the Wolfpack hope to rebound after a disappointing 2018 campaign.
“The seniors have set some high expectations for this group,” said Head Coach Travis Kooima. “I think our younger kids are responding really well and there’s been a lot of competition throughout practice and that’s the way we want it.”
“We all know each other,” said senior linebacker Matt Van Otterloo. “We all go to class together so we like to work together too so that should play out on the field this year.”
“We really thought that last, we felt it wasn’t more of a bad season but a missed opportunity to show everyone our skills and and what we can do,” said Kobi Baccam.
Consistency is a point of emphasis for the Wolfpack so far in practice.
“Last year we had some tough games where we just struggled putting things together,” said Kooima. “We’d play good for a quarter and then we’d struggle the next quarter so that’s kind of been on our mind.”
Western Christian’s defense gave them a chance to win multiple games last year and most of the starters are back, which gives them a lot of confidence on that side of the ball going into the season.
“Our defense, it’s just fun to play,” said Kooima. “We have a fast defense with out 3-5.. We pride ourselves on just flying around and the guys know it like the back of their hand. A lot of these guys that are starting this fall were starters on last years defense and if they weren’t a starter they were playing half the game already.”
The Wolfpack open up at home against MOC-Floyd Valley on August 30. Then, it’s a road game against Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. Bishop Heelan comes to Hull in week three, before a trip to Central Lyon/George Little Rock and a home game against Unity Christian.