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HS Football Preview: Young & inexperienced Orioles hungry for 2019

Stanley (WQOW) — The Orioles are young, inexperienced, but hungry entering the 2019 season. They finished fourth in the Cloverbelt last season, fall in level one of the playoffs at 6-4 overall.

On offense, their still figuring out who’s going to replace last year’s starting quarterback LJ Schmelzer under center. But this year’s version of the team features a lot of skill and speed, which head coach Jeff Koenig believes will help them out in conference play.

“I think our team speed is something that is better this year, and that’s something that we’re looking forward too,” says Koenig, who enters his 14th season at Stanley-Boyd. “We have to play fast. Our guys know that in the Cloverbelt you have to play physical, or it’s going to be a rough night. And we have our work cut out for us right away, with great teams to start the season. We’ve just got to keep seeing that improvement, and that’ll be a key for us.”

One thing that is fueling the Orioles this season, was the lost to Elk Mound in the playoffs last year. Even though there’s a lot of new faces, the defeat made them hungry this off-season.

“It’s really tough, especially by that big margin,” says junior running back/linebacker Bo Chwala. “But it definitely lights a fire under all of us, to come back and work hard.”

“It makes us hungry, and we have a lot of determined guys,” junior offensive/defensive lineman Jake Schneider says. “And we don’t want that same thing to happen again, people want to fly around and play good football.”

“It’s going to take determination obviously,” says senior offensive/defensive lineman Marcus Campbell. “Then just getting everybody on the same page, and we are as hungry as ever.”

Stanley-Boyd opens the season at home week one, hosting Altoona in a conference game on August 23rd.

Collin Talbert

Collin Talbert is the sports director at WQOW News 18. He joined News 18 in June 2018 as our weekend sports anchor as was promoted to sports director in November 2018.

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