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West challenges players with higher expectations

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) — Sioux City West started 2-1 last season, but lost their last six games. In fact, the Wolverines have only won 16 games over the last decade.

Head Coach Joe Schmitz starts his third season at West High. Schmitz says his biggest challenge in camp is setting bigger goals than in the past.

“We’re trying to empower everyone,” said Schmitz. “Just take your voice, what do we want our program to be about? If we want higher expectations, you guys got to have the process to go to it.”

West was in the bottom third of Class 4A in scoring last year at 18 points per game. Quarterback Aiden Belt graduated after leading the Wolverines in passing and rushing. West has 12 seniors on their roster including Riliegh Belt, who led the team with 74 tackles. The Wolverines gave up almost 200 more points than they scored and they’re trying to turn that around by paying attention to details.

“Offensively, we’re getting our blocks good and we’re knowing our plays,” said senior RB/DB Nick Puente. “Defensively, everybody’s doing their job and being where they’re supposed to be, trusting each other.”

“Just memorizing plays mostly,” said senior WR/DB Estevan Quintana. “When we get out there and we know what we’re doing, we can go out there and show what we have.”

“We want everyone to be able to hold each other accountable,” said Schmitz. “We’re getting a lot more of those types of actions and it’s exciting.”

The Wolverines don’t leave Sioux City for the first five weeks. West opens the season, Thursday August 29 at home against Council Bluffs T-J. West will host East and be the visitors against North, before a short trip to Bishop Heelan in week four. They open district play against Des Moines Roosevelt in week five.

Brad Pautsch

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