SPRINGVILLE — When a football team is trying to get in tune with a fairly new offensive system, with a new playbook; it helps to have a veteran under center. That’s the case for the Springville Pee Wee Colts, as Nick Emmick will return to quarterback the squad.
“Nick’s going to be key [for us],” said Coach John Baker. “He has a good arm, he knows the offense really well and he’s a big kid.”
Emmick is one of a number of players who will be contributing for the Colts, this year. He will be giving the ball to teammate Keaton Wnuk, both on the ground and in the air, this coming year.
“Keaton has great speed, good balance and good hands,” said Baker.
A new addition to the team is Andrew Slippy. Baker added that Slippy may be the fastest kid on the team and should get his share of touches.
“He’s definitely going to be a kid to watch, this year,” said Baker, about Slippy.
Baker takes over the Pee Wee program, after being a coach on the midget team, a year ago.
“Every coach goes into the season expecting to win,” said Baker, about his expectations for the season.
“It all depends on if the kids apply everything they’ve learned. Between last year and this year, we’re trying to implement [Springville’s] varsity program. We have a good group of kids; they’re very coachable.”
Controlling the trenches, on the offensive and defensive lines, will be Max Milbrand and Dillion Shultz. Both players are returning starters, from last season.
Thomas Orndorff will make the transition to center, this season. Baker added that he was impressed by the play of his line, during a recent scrimmage.
“I mean, if I was playing running back, I’d love to run behind those guys,” Baker added.
Other key players, according to Baker, are Eric Schwiekert, Cole Baker who will play fullback, and Domenick Sicignano.
The Colts played Ellicottville to kick off their season on Aug. 23.