Heritage's new football coach, Tyler Knoblock, guided the Eagles to their first win against another team under his direction on June 19 as they edged Littleton 17-10 in the Denver Broncos 7-on-7 tournament.
“This is our first time before anyone other than own fans and going against another team,” the coach said. “Our kids are still learning our system and that is coming along. We have a ways to go but the kids love to work, the attitude is great and we bring back a lot of experience … it is a work in progress.”
Heritage hired Knoblock in February to fill the vacancy created when the school didn't renew the contract of longtime football coach Mike Griebel.
The new coach comes to Heritage from Bishop McGuiness High School in Oklahoma City, where he served as offensive coordinator.
Knoblock said he elected not to scrimmage another team during the two-week summer contact camp.
“We practiced hard and did a couple inter-squad scrimmages during the camp,” he said. “We decided to keep the scrimmage in house because that way we get to evaluate the performance of 22 players on film during the scrimmage instead of the performance of 11 of our guys against another team.”
He said the attitude of the players has been great.
“We have put them through some tough drills and asked them to work hard,” he said. “They have done what we asked and I haven't heard anyone complain about all the hard work because we want to be ready when the season starts.”
Knoblock said the turnout has been good. He said almost all the underclassmen on last year's roster have returned plus he had quite a few freshmen out for the team.
“We bring back a lot of guys with varsity experience that will help us this season,” he said. “We just ask them to bring the energy, work to get better each day and, by the time the books close, we'll be in a good place.”
He said it appears one of the team strengths in the fall will be his defense that will be anchored by seven returning starters.
On offense, he said he and his assistants were evaluating players for positions including quarterback.
“Right now, we have three players we are rotating in and out so we can get a good look at them,” he said. “It is a cloudy situation, a wide-open contest for the position and too close to make a call as yet.”