WESTVILLE — This Westville High football team may be unlike any other.
“For the first time in the program, we have the potential to start a senior at every position,” coach Guy Goodlove said. “That has never happened before.
“It’s exciting to have that many seniors. It’s nice to be able to call a formation or a play and the seniors already know what to do.”
In all, the Westville roster features 21 seniors. There are also six juniors, and Goodlove said, “we’ll probably have some of them step up.”
Six of the seniors are returning two-way starters. Veteran quarterback Kyle Brazas has a prominent receiving corps intact with Tanner Cox and Jeffrey Thompson. All three — who are also starters in basketball — will play in the secondary as well.
Other mainstays include linemen Tyler Dicken and Jeremy Rivers along with running back Dalton Hilligoss.
“This is a great example of a group hanging in there and playing four years,” Goodlove said, “and having the potential to have a good senior year.”
Kaleb Smith and Gavin Leep are other returning starters.
With outstanding numbers in the senior class, Goodlove said, “one luxury we may have,” is to platoon more linemen than in years past.
The Tigers are motivated after last fall’s 3-6 season snapped a streak of eight consecutive years in the playoffs.
“They realize what it’s like to be on the bottom of the pile,” said Goodlove, the dean of coaches in the Vermilion Valley Conference as he enters Year 19. “They came in with a chip on their shoulder, ready to prove something.”
Westville opens the season Aug. 30 at Villa Grove.