The Reeds Spring High School football team is known for some of the most disciplined practices in the Ozarks.
As few as five seconds elapse between the time offensive coordinator Brian Moler blows his whistle to end a play and the time the offense resets for the next play. All players run back into formation.
Senior quarterback Nick Haddock said the Wolves need the efficient practice schedule to perfect running the triple option.
“We take a lot of reps in practice, and that’s what it takes to get good at this offense,” Haddock said.
The Wolves find themselves in the midst of their fourth consecutive winning season and are a perfect 7-0 headed into Friday’s News-Leader Game of the Week against Central (4-3).
Coach Lance Gosch expects his players to abide by a mission statement and six pillars for success: commitment, confidence, composure, character, accountability and leadership. He also expects his players to participate in community service projects, from volunteering at a nearby recycling center to manning the down-markers and chain at youth football games.
“(Gosch) has been instilling in us all year that we need to work hard, be smart on and off the field and treat everybody with respect,” Haddock said.
Senior defensive end Shaun Baker admits to having some run-ins with Gosch’s rules, but said he appreciates the coaching staff’s character requirements.
“I like the rules that are put out. I think it makes us better people and better athletes all around,” Baker said.
The mission statement stresses an individual’s requirement to place the needs of the team over the needs of self. Gosch even shared some expectations with his players’ parents.
“Support your son and the team. Regardless of the outcome of the season, your son will be a better person for being part of Wolves football,” Gosch wrote in a set of guidelines delivered to parents in the preseason.
So far, the outcome is good. Reeds Spring is ranked No. 6 in the Missouri Media Rankings for Class 6. Baker said the team entered the year expecting to win every game.
“We never expect anything less, (we) wouldn’t be satisfied if it was anything less,” Baker said.
Selflessness is key in Reeds Spring’s flex bone offense, in which one of four players could be the leading rusher on Friday nights. It could be fullback Colton Pomeroy, wingbacks Keenan Haynes and Korey Robinette, or even Haddock.
“The option — you never know who’s going to get the ball, so whoever gets the ball the most usually gets the most yards,” Haddock said. “I’m confident in whoever gets the ball.”
Reeds Spring scores an average of 39.9 points per game.
Pomeroy scored three touchdowns in last week’s 50-0 win at Hollister.
“We’ve been making the right reads, our offensive line has been blocking really, really good,” Pomeroy said.
On defense, Reeds Spring allows just less than 7.6 points per game. A defensive line that features senior Adam Hale and Baker leads the way.
“We’ve got a lot of people stepping up that haven’t really in the past couple of years,” Baker said. “As a team, we keep getting better week to week.”
The Springfield News-Leader Game of the Week showcases one high school football game per week through the regular season. The Game of the Week is selected by News-Leader staff based on an array of criteria including quality of play, rivalry, conference significance and playoff implications.
News-Leader Game of the Week
•Central (4-3) at Reeds Spring (7-0)
•Friday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m.
•Carl Langley Field at Wolves Stadium, Reeds Spring High School
20277 MO-413, Reeds Spring
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