Hancock football is entering 2021, fresh off a state tournament runner-up finish in 2019 and what would have been a berth and some would even say a state championship in 2020 had COVID-19 not put a damper on the sports scene last fall. The Owls will look to continue their dominating ways this fall with a young crew of 29 players, 12th-year head coach Chad Christianson said.
“We actually have a large number of those players in 9th and 10th grade,” Christianson said of the breakdown of athletes.
Captains Matt Thompson, Luke Joos and Toby Messner will lead the team that lost its starting quarterback, a wide receiver and its entire offensive line and four starters on the defensive side of the ball with graduation in the spring of 2021.
“We were deep defensively last year with multiple players getting valuable snaps, which should help us out on that side of the ball,” Christianson said. “As the offense has gotten more time together and as the season progresses, we hope to get everyone back up to speed and see what the identity of this year’s team will be.”
The Owls open up the 2021 season at Brandon-Evansville Friday, Sept. 3.