Posted: Tuesday, 13 August 2013 8:59PM

O-Zone Kickoff Week: Kickapoo building explosive offense





With experienced quarterback Anthony Cooper and 25 seniors the Kickapoo Chiefs are looking to contend for the Ozark Conference Championship. 

HEAD COACH – Joel Wells, 3rd year

2012 RECORD (6-5) Lost to Nixa 31-27 in district semifinals

PLAYERS TO WATCH – Anthony Cooper (Sr. QB), Jon Fuchs (Sr. RB), Kelton Reeves (Sr. RB), Tony Grant (Jr. RB), Corbin Harris (Sr. WR), Trey Raynor (Sr. WR)

Finishing 6-5 in 2012 Kickapoo finished middle of the pack in the OC.  Now the Chiefs appear to be loaded at the skill positions with senior quarterback Anthony Cooper running the show. 

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“I think we'll be competitive every Friday night,” said Joel Wells. “We've got a lot of guys with game experience especially at our skill positions.”
 
Cooper started every game for the Chiefs last season and passed for over 1,200 yards with nine touchdowns.
 
“He's got 11 games under his belt last year, he's seen a lot of things and we have confidence in him and he is a confident kid and should have a great year for us”

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Wells plans to use his weapons with an up tempo style of offense. 
 
“We're going to play as fast as we can and use a lot of people,” said Wells.  “We hope it works to our advantage because we think we're deep in our skill spots so we want to play as fast as we can.”
 
Defensively the Chiefs are powered by defensive end Taylor Simmons.
 
“He is one of the better defensive players in the area and we'll rally around him,” said Wells. “Probably our biggest improvement defensively is our team speed.”

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With inexperience on defense, the Chiefs will likely depend on the offense to light up the scoreboard especially early.
 
“They're going to make some mistakes but by the middle of the year I think they're going to be pretty good,” said Wells.
 
Kickapoo opens the season August 30th hosting Parkview.

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