Coach: Adam Bahr
Last year’s record: 5-5 (including one forfeit)
Likely toughest opponent: Paint Branch
Returning offensive starters: 3
Returning defensive starters: 4
Offensive Strengths: Quarterback
Offensive Weaknesses: Inexperience
Defensive Strengths: Front seven
Defensive Weaknesses: Inexperienced secondary
Offensive outlook: Bahr plans to run an offense that is “balanced and unpredictable” and said he is inclined to do a few things well rather than try a lot of different things. Bahr said his goal is to control the line of scrimmage and pass when they need to. Senior Quarterback Neiman Blain and Wide Receiver Jabree Ray were mentioned by Bahr as key players on the offense. Bahr plans to use running backs by committee.
Defensive outlook: Bahr plans to adjust the defensive scheme from week to week to match his opponents but said his personnel lend themselves to running a 4-3. Bahr said Linebacker Clinton Ngang and Safety Tyler Stewart have been leaders on defense.
Special Teams outlook: “Remains to be seen.” Springbrook’s kicker and punter have graduated but their long snapper is still playing. Bahr hopes to put players in a position to be successful on special teams.
Coach’s Comments: “I think our chemistry is good and the guys are excited,” Bahr said. “We get better at each practice” Bahr wants his team to “take the step from mediocre to above average.”
Scouting Report: Bahr described this year’s schedule as “brutal” since they will be starting the season by playing the same three playoff teams that they played last year. These three games will reveal a lot about the team, according to Bahr. In the first three games last year Springbrook lost to Paint Branch, forfeited what would have been a 14-7 victory over Clarksburg and lost to Sherwood. Springbrook won their next three games.
Breakaway potential: Low. With few returning starters and a tough schedule, it is hard to see Springbrook running away with the season. If they do manage to come away with convincing wins in their first three games they should have high hopes for the rest of the year.