Sycamore football

Tyler Niebel rushed for more than 1,500 yards for Sycamore last season.

The Sycamore War Eagles got an early start to football season last month with spring practice. The War Eagles are taking some time off now but will be back to work after the dead period in July.

“Well, it was spring practice,” Sycamore coach Justin Robison said. “I feel like we had some really strong play at quarterback and running back and our offensive line performed well at times, but not consistently.”

Offensive line play will be crucial next season for Sycamore, especially with the school’s single-season rushing record holder in the backfield in Tyler Niebel. Last season Niebel ran for more than 1,500 yards and he said that a “ridiculous” offensive line in front of him was one of the main reasons for his success.

“Defensively we struggled,” Robison said. “Realizing down and distance and when stops have to be made is a priority. We are on the field way too long defensively. I feel as if we still never defined what kind of a team we are, which is OK. However now that summer ball is almost here, we have to set our identity and push forward with that.”

After losing 10 important pieces from last season’s squad, the War Eagles will have some big holes to fill, especially on defense.

The War Eagles will return with some firepower, though. Niebel will be the main ballcarrier in the backfield but others like Grady McPherson and Cody Breedlove will be relied on to gain yards.

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