Monahans will need to replace 25 seniors this season. The biggest change, though, comes on the sideline.
Fred Staugh accepting the head coaching job in March, coming over from McCamey.
“The kids have been really responsive,” Staugh said. “They’re used to working hard and doing things the right way. It’s been really exciting actually.”
One of the most immediate adjustments for the team is the pace of practice.
“They’ve got to understand that everything we do has a sense of urgency,” said Staugh. “It doesn’t matter if we’re in the weight room or out here (on the field). We have to really drive the tempo.”
With the new head coach comes a much different scheme offensively. Monahans will switch from a Wing-T attack to a spread offense. That change, though, doesn’t necessarily mean the Loboes will lose any of their physicality.
“There’s a common misconception that spread football is finesse football, but I’m an offensive lineman,” said Staugh. “I believe in contact and getting after people and just dominating them and breaking their will. “
“To have that in the back of their minds helps me to get them to understand that when we run the ball and when we do things, it’s aggressive.”
Some of the pieces to the puzzle are already in place. Quarterback Bond Heflin is back after seeing some time back last year. So is the Loboes leading receiver, Payton Adams.
“We’ve got quite a few skill kids – guys who have skill,” said Staugh. “It’s really just a matter of learning.