Grandview gets defensive

Dion Clisso/PrepsKC

By PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: August 20, 2013 - 5:32 AM

There are a few changes coming to the Grandview football program in 2013. Those changes began in the summer and are now taking hold as the Bulldogs opened practice this week.
In the past Grandview has been more of an offense focused team with most of its best athletes making their impact on that side of the ball. This year coach Andy Leech and his staff have become more defensive and plan to improve the Bulldogs ability to keep teams from putting points on the board instead of trying to win shootouts.
“I’ve always been an offensive guy and I always believed if we could score more points we could win,” Leech said. “Defense wins championships and that’s the bottom line. We gave up way too much last year so we are going to put all of our studs on defense.
The changes in the summer have been well received. The Bulldogs have a strong senior class that should help lead the team through a tough schedule in the Suburban Small 6.
“Majority of our team are seniors this year,” Leech said. “Most of them are returning starters. Anytime you have experience coming in it definitely makes it easier as a coach communicating things down to the younger guys. I really like our seniors. I really like the leadership this team has.”
One challenge Grandview faces right out of the box is replacing a good offensive line from last season. The Bulldogs are looking for several new starters and the first week of practice and beyond will be a key time for the coaches to find those players.
“We graduated our entire offensive line and a three-year starting quarterback,” Leech said. “Getting those guys to gel and getting those guys to become a little team among themselves and a team that can block for our backs is going to be our key. Once those guys get going I feel this team has the potential to win a lot of games.”
Grandview opens the season Aug. 30 at home against Oak Park.