Cory Yeoman kicked off his 10th season as the head coach at Penn High School on Monday as the Kingsmen took part in their first practice for the upcoming season.
Yeoman says this is always one of the most exciting days of the year for players and coaches.
The Kingsmen are coming off one of their best seasons under Yeoman, advancing all the way to the 5A state finals before losing to Carmel last Thanksgiving.
"It was a great experience and hopefully it will carry over and benefit us for this season," senior defensive end Sam Daggy says.
"One of the good things about playing so deep in the tournament is that you have all that extra practice time," Yeoman added. "For the young guys, it's like having a little spring ball--playing six weeks after the regular season. That was a nice stretch of time for those guys."
Penn returns four starters on each side of the ball, but perhaps their biggest returning player was not actually considered a starter last year.
Junior Quarterback Zach Oakley split time at QB along with now the now graduated Chad Gindelberger. Oakley will see the bulk of the time at quarterback this season but Yeoman could take advantage of Oakley's speed and versatility in other ways.
"You want to see my playbook too?" Yeoman said with a big smile when asked if Oakley was now "the guy" at QB. "He's going to a play a ton for sure. The thing about Zach is that he is such a great athlete that he can play wide receiver, he can play running back, he can play quarterback and the defensive coaches tell me he can be a great safety as well."
I did want to see that playbook by the way. Coach Yeoman said 'he didn't have one handy.'
Penn opens the season at home against Valpo on August 17th. They go on the road to face arch rival Mishawaka in week two.