HUDSON — Optimism is flowing at Hudson High’s football practices.
Many outsiders are already writing off the Cobras because of the loss of 1,400-yard rusher Noah Siegrist. With the graduation of Siegrist, Zach Russell and Justin Erwin, the question that continues to swirl around Hudson is who will pick up the slack for those three backs?
Hudson coach Mark Kantor sees it differently with a third-year starting quarterback in Joey Caruso returning, along with an offensive line that returns four starters from last season’s playoff team.
“We’re very fortunate to have Kameron DeWitt, Chris Campos, Cory Molina and Grayson Stover all coming back,” Kantor said. “Those four were a big reason why we were so successful last season. Them coming back is huge. Most teams are losing two or three or four (linemen) every year and we’re just fortunate all we have to do is find a center.’’
As for the running game, Caruso will have more opportunities to carry the ball. He rushed 92 times for 281 yards and eight TDs last season.
“I expect (Caruso) to be a leader of the offense,” Kantor said. “I’m very happy to have him there and not having to break in a brand new guy. I’m excited and he’s excited just about leading this team in the direction we want to go here and that’s win.”
Winning is the mentality Kantor has brought to Hudson, as the team made the playoffs last season. The focus now is to win a district title. The Cobras’ lone district championship came in 2005.
“Everybody wants to be the district champions,” Kantor said. “Us getting to the playoffs last year was a goal. We’ve spoken about winning a district title this fall, but we know the road is going to be tough and long. The teams in our district have improved dramatically, especially seeing everyone at 7 on 7.”
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