FORT WAYNE, Ind. (FORT WAYNE’S NBC) – Over the last two football seasons, Angola lost just two games.
The Hornets were defeated by the same opponent during the playoffs, Bishop Dwenger.
During the 2018 season, Angola shut out four of their opponents.
They take pride in their defense and want to bring the same effort this year.
“We are just focused on effort all the time. We’re always flying around. We are going to have great things happen,” linebacker Chase Soulliere said.
“The biggest thing for our defense this year is we have to be fundamentally sound,” Angola Head Coach Andy Thomas said. “We’ve had so many good players. Sometimes they’ve made plays, even though they may not have been in the right position. We’re really going to have to work on being fundamental and running to the ball this year.”
As for the offense, Angola loses their starting quarterback, Jarrett Gibson, so all eyes will be on running back, Ryan Brandt.
“He’s in the best shape of his life. He leads by example. And when your best players are your most humble and team first guys, you have a chance to be good,” Thomas said.
Brandt understand the team’s success is not just about him, but a lot of moving parts.
“It’s going to come up to a lot of the younger guys stepping up. Our line has to stay strong and be able to push,” Brandt said. “The quarterback has to fulfill all the things the quarterback last year and the year before him did. The defense has to step up, so it’s going to be more of a pull from both sides.”
The Hornets see DeKalb on August 23rd, for the first game of the season.