OLATHE, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) The Olathe Pirates were just on the outside of the playoffs last season with a 5-4 record. The team graduated 17 seniors but their run heavy attack will still be intact this year as the team tries to crack into the post season for the first time in over five years.
Even though the team lost 17 seniors from last year's team, the Pirates feel confident about the 2019 season.
"It feels good. Always enjoy working with the kids out here and getting them out for football," says head coach Ryan Corn. "The kids have been just doing a great job this summer working hard and having fun. We're excited to be here."
"Our team is looking good this year," says senior Dedrix Waterman. "I didn't think we were going to look this good this year but we look a lot better than I thought."
Olathe's run powered offense is ready to beat down their opponents again with senior quarterback Waterman back behind center. The team is looking to crack into the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
"We've missed the playoffs barely the past couple years so at least make it to the playoffs this year," said Waterman. "I feel like we have a really good chance this year."
"The last couple years, we've ended up I think 17th in RPI the last three years," Corn says. "Our expectation is to get over that hump. We've been the team that's been in the outs because of things we couldn't control and our goal is to make it to the playoffs and do some great things."
First, the team has to clean up their play and get in shape for week one.
"First of the season, you are just trying to get in your basics," explains Corn. "If you can minimize those mistakes, it's huge especially coming in that first game."
It all comes down to building each other up and creating team chemistry through practice.
"For our seniors, the biggest thing is to let them know you guys have basically nine games guaranteed. Past that, we don't know," says Corn. For the freshman, let them understand that time is also ticking for them."
"You try an help them as much as you can to get them learning," Waterman said. "Where they don't know what they're doing, you try to help them out. Even the older guys sometimes, you've got to figure out what they're doing and then help them out too."