Over the past two years, the Casteel High School football team has started to get some notice.
As a freshman program in 2015, the Colts finished 8-1. Last year, their first as a varsity program, they outscored opponents 501-97, finished 9-2 and earned a berth in the Class 3A state playoffs for the first time in school history.
Now, after an early exit from last year’s playoffs, the Colts have set out to prove that they belong among the best.
Through three games, the Colts have scored a total of 203 points and have yet to give up a single point. They have beaten all three teams by 60-plus points, utilizing a fast-paced, high-tempo offense that carries over from their daily practice routine.
“Our goal is really to get off as many plays as we can,” junior quarterback Gunner Cruz said. “Our philosophy is the faster we go – especially with a lot of teams in 3A having a lot of people going both ways – that helps our defense out because it tires out some of their players and then it just opens things up for us as the game goes on.”
The Colts’ philosophy has proved successful. After a sophomore year in which Cruz threw for 2,600 yards and 30 touchdowns, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound quarterback already has passed for 778 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2017.
Head coach Spencer Stowers said his goal from the very beginning of the program was to install a two-platoon system. It’s something that he adopted from former Chandler Hamilton coach John Wrenn while at a coaching clinic.
“It was our belief right away to be a two-platoon team, where guys…
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