McLoud Redskins will rely on youth again in 2020

By Adam Ewing | shawneestandard@gmail.com

McLOUD – The McLoud Redskins look to improve upon an 0-10 record in 2019.

The losses piled up, but several underclassmen received ample playing time and head coach Rusty Hall believes that in-game experience will pay dividends down the road.

Along with knowing what to expect from a full varsity season, the 16 returning starters, seven on offense, nine on defense, will have the benefit of the school dropping from 4A to 3A for the 2020 season.

Last year the team struggled throwing the football. Senior move-in Collin Gibson should provide an immediate impact in the Redskins’ air attack.

“I wish I was able to coach him for a few more years,” Hall said. “Unfortunately he’s here for one year, but that means he brings in-game experience and knows how to play the position.”

Senior move-in Collin Gibson should provide an immediate impact in the Redskins’ air attack.

Sophomores Tryce Lewis and Braden Osborne are expected to anchor the offensive line for the foreseeable future. With Lewis standing 6’3” 280-lbs and Osborne measuring 6’3” 265-lbs, Hall feels confident in the Redskins’ ability to protect their new quarterback.

Sophomore Tryce Lewis competes in a blocking drill. Lewis is expected to be an impact player on offensive line. (Photo by Adam Ewing/The Standard)

Sophomore running back Clint Campbell received carries towards the end of last season. Hall said Campbell worked hard over the summer and should see a decent amount of carries this year.

“[Clay] Campbell runs hard,” Hall said. “He bulked up to about 190-lbs, and is one of the fastest on the team.”

Defensively, the Redskins will switch to a 3-4 formation. Hall said the team feels secure with all three linebackers returning. Seniors Caleb Summerlin and Wes Olds lead the talented group of linebackers .

In the secondary, senior Karsen Cue is set to be one of the leaders and overall playmakers. Karsen’s younger brother, Kaiden Cue, will join him as a starter in the secondary. Senior Jaxon Rudd is slated to start at one of the cornerback positions.

Junior Lonnie James makes an interception during a pre-season practice.

Hall said there are six athletes playing defense exclusively and expects his team to have a little more left in the tank when the fourth quarter rolls around.

The Redskins’ assistant coaches this year are Trey Aubert, Erik Holt, Austin Jennings, Rob Hill, Michael Doutey, Will Winters, Chris Paddlety and James Paddlety.

Even though the team went without a scrimmage, Hall feels the team is in game shape. The team was able to host an inter-squad rehearsal two weeks before their first game.

The Redskins rivalry with Harrah continues this year with a home contest Sept. 18

McLoud will host U.S Grant Sept. 4. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.  

McLoud Redskins 2020 Schedule:

  • 9/4 vs U.S. Grant 7 p.m.
  • 9/11 vs Bethel 7 p.m.
  • 9/28 Harrah 7 p.m.
  • 9/25 Heritage Hall 7 p.m.
  • 10/2 @ Mt. Saint Mary’s 7 p.m.
  • 10/9 Kingifsher 7 p.m.
  • 10/15 @ Anadarko 7 p.m.
  • 10/23 @ Perkins-Tryon 7 p.m.
  • 10/30 Bridge Creek 7 p.m.
  • 11/6 @ Douglass 7 p.m.