Wawasee football has scoring punch, but needs a run game as 2014 opens

Gabe Reinhard threw for nearly 2,000 yards and Clayton Cook caught 47 passes last season.

Posted on Aug. 17, 2014 at 11:35 p.m.

The NLC’s most experienced quarterback-receiver combination lines up at Wawasee in 2014. With Gabe Reinhard firing passes to Clayton Cook, the Warriors have the makings of another wide-open offense.

Aug. 22 -- at Whitko
Aug. 29 -- West Noble
Sept. 5 -- Northridge
Sept. 12 -- at Concord
Sept. 19 -- NorthWood
Sept. 26 -- at Plymouth
Oct. 3 -- Warsaw
Oct. 10 -- at Elkhart Memorial
Oct. 17 -- Goshen

But head coach Josh Ekovich’s club has clear questions marks in the running game and on the offense line. With a wide-open NLC season about to begin on Friday, Aug. 22, Ekovich share’s three keys about his club:

Running Game

"We have the potential to do a lot of good things through the air. That’s the reason I scripted 15 plays (for the scrimmage vs. Marian) and 11 of them were runs," Ekovich said. "We know we can throw the ball, we know we can protect for the pass. Nick Wilson has shown some good signs as a running back.

"We have to have a run game. We’ve made a lot of huge strides, but we’re still looking for a right guard. It was exposed. And kids like Kursis Liston, Mylon Betts, Paul Mendoza, a sophomore, have shown a lot."

Team Together

"It’s a tight-knit group, more so than in previous years. I’m not saying that previous years we weren’t close, but these guys really all are friends,” Ekovich said. “They’re not afraid to hold each other accountable.”

Second-Year Coach

"I don’t feel like I’m drowning, not necessarily from the workload, but knowing we had tight games, we’ve had some blowouts, we’ve had some games where we’ve been blown out,” Ekovich said. “I kind of understand different situations that could be coming ahead.

"I can kind of anticipate, based off the demeanor of the team, what could be going on and try to prevent it.”

Bill Beck is The Elkhart Truth sports editor. Follow him on Twitter @eTruthsports or @BillBeckTruth.

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