Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


May 23, 2014

Waking up the sleeping giant

Eric Kellar, Knoxville’s new varsity football coach held a meeting with his team, staff and parents Sunday at the Knoxville Performing Arts Center Sunday afternoon.

The purpose of the meeting was to pass along expectations to his team.

“If the kids do the work they can find success on the field,” Kellar said. “We’re going to work hard and we’ll get better.”

In simple terms the coach replied,”If you don’t hit, you will not play. You can learn to hit. My teams over the years have been known as physical teams.”

“We’ll run an offense utilizing the Wing-T formation. It use to be known as four yards and a cloud of dust. I prefer the five yards and a human title,” Kellar said.

On average, Kellar said, his squads run the ball 80 percent of the time and pass it 20 percent.

“Offensively the system is very simple to learn,” he said.

As a team the Panthers will wear t-shirts that read “I am Responsible.”

Kellar praised his staff at Knoxville. “The staff here has been amazing,” he commented.

Kellar said he encourages athletes to play multiple sports.

He told his team,”If you put in the work, we will win some games.”

The Panthers are coming off a season where they were 0-9 in 2013.

Despite the winless season the Panthers had several opportunities to win a game under the direction of coach Troy Rider.

Knoxville rallied in the second half of their home opener before falling to PCM 21-13.

Against Newton in week two, the Panthers led 28-14 before falling 42-28.

Winterset in game tree was a two-point setback at 14-12.

Chariton and Norwalk beat the Panthers by seven and eight points respectively in weeks eight and nine.

Kellar pointed out that team comes first when he coaches.

According to Kellar some coaches around the state have told him that Knoxville football “Is a sleeping giant!”

The coach hopes to wake up the giant and he had his varsity players commit to the team by signing a player contract.

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