Westside football coach Larry Cook thinks his team will have a shot at the post-season in 2014.
High school football practice started across the state yesterday, and there are 51 on the Renegade squad.
“We’re shooting for the playoffs,” Cook said. “Staying healthy (will be the key).”
That was an issue for WHS last year. Quarterback Justin Cogar missed the first half of the season, and blocking back Matt Harless was out for the second half.
“We also had several senior role players injured also,” Cook pointed out.
With eight starters returning on defense, the coach expects to be strong on that side of the ball.
Cogar, who received all-state honorable mention last year, will have a talented corps of receivers to throw to when the Renegades go to the air.
“We’re two-deep at every position,” said Cook. “They were really good in 7-on-7s at Concord. They caught everything that hit their hands. I believe our receiving corps is going to be special.”
The biggest question mark for Westside is a young offensive line. “It’s going to be trench warfare for us,” the coach remarked.
WHS will scrimmage at Shady Spring at 11 a.m. on August 16 and against Greenbrier West at Wyoming East on August 22 at 6 p.m.
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.
Photo: Renegades go through drills on Tuesday morning.