North Andrew Must Reload to Keep Championship Pace

Published 08/01 2014 06:59PM

Updated 08/02 2014 12:47PM

(ROSENDALE, Mo.) In two years under Jonathan Schoonover, North Andrew has earned a new title and a new culture.

"We're picking it right up from where we were last year," senior guard/defensive end Clay White said. "I've played in the dome two years in a row. Any game, nothing can be as big as that. Every game, we come in looking to win, looking to roll over people."

After the coach's dynamite debut season ended in defeat, the Cardinals capitalized in 2013, avenging their previous Show-Me Bowl loss to Stanberry with a 16-13 victory to capture their first state championship in almost two decades.

"It was pretty good. It felt great to come back and redeem ourselves and prove who we really are," senior offensive lineman/linebacker Devin Goff said. "I think a lot of people know that we've lost a lot of people. It's different,  but I think we're going to be alright."

The winningest team in 8-Man since 2012 has a lot to replace if they're going to keep pace. Running back Quayde Bauman and quarterback Nate Atkins captained one of the deadliest scoring attacks under Schoonover, but consistent blowouts have allowed their replacements to gain ample game experience.

"We've got a lot to learn," Schoonover said. "We still had a lot to learn last year to be at the very best we could be. They've done a good job of adapting to the intensity that we've got out here on the field and the young guys have done a good job of stepping up."

Schoonover believes speed will be North Andrew's calling card this year, and three returning starters on the offensive line are helping the transition.

"One of the things that's been great for us is our scout team has been one of the best defenses we faced all year. Those guys that were playing on the scout team are now playing on offense, so they know what it takes to play at a high level."

"We'll start off a little rough at the beginning here but at the end of the year, we'll try to peak towards the playoffs."

North Andrew opens the season on Friday, Aug. 22nd hosting St. Joseph Christian.

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