Chartiers-Houston planning to quicken the pace this year
The Chartiers-Houston Buccaneers are picking up the pace in preparation for what promises to be a daunting road to the playoffs in the Black Hills Conference.
The Bucs are implementing a new fast-paced, no-huddle offense.
“We will continue to have a similar offensive mindset, but at a much faster tempo,” coach Terry Fetsko said.
Chartiers-Houston enters the season with a new face under center for the first time in three years. Junior quarterback Kaleb Susko will take over for three-year starter Danny Lis.
Replacing Lis, who was responsible for more than 2,000 yards of offense and 25 touchdowns as a junior and senior, is no easy task. Coaches said the new offensive system will give Susko every opportunity to succeed with the weapons he has around him.
Those weapons include 6-foot-5 wide receiver Miles Williamson and a three-headed running attack with Jevone Hairston, Grant Foster and David Kincaid.
“They all do different things very well, so depending on gameplan, the flow of the game, and who's playing well, all of them will be a major factor for us this year,” Fetsko said.
The bigger factor may be the necessity to start three underclassmen on the offensive line. A group of graduates with seven years of starting experience between them gives way to three first-year starters, including sophomores Noah Deep (center) and Tyler Stegenga (right tackle).
The Bucs' schedule is less than favorable, opening with defending state champ Clairton and then presenting a Bishop Canevin team that knocked Chartiers-Houston out of the 2011 playoffs.
The faster attack may be the competitive advantage needed to keep tough opponents on their heels.
“There are no off weeks in our conference,” Fetsko said. “Every week is a playoff game for us because we know there are eight legitimate playoff teams in our conference, and four of them won't make it this year.”