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  • Ramsey wants to build on sucess of Teuton football

  • Inman head coach Ed Ramsey doesn’t feel the need to fix what isn’t broken as he takes over the Teuton football program this fall.
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  • Inman head coach Ed Ramsey doesn’t feel the need to fix what isn’t broken as he takes over the Teuton football program this fall.
    “[You’ll see] the same type of Inman football that’s made them successful the last two years,” Ramsey said. “Our defense is going to be a little different, I’m not going to say what it is, but it is going to be different to kind of fit our personnel. Offense will be pretty much the same, other than I will throw in a few things here and there.”
    Ramsey takes over the Teutons from Mike Vernon, who guided Inman to successive 6-3 seasons, with identically 2-2 district records. While the end goal for any team playing high school football is a state championship, the Teutons will be working largely with untested talent on the varsity level, with only four returning starters each on offense and defense.
    That means that Ramsey is approaching the season on a game-by-game basis and trying not to let his team start looking too far ahead.
    “The goal is to be consistent in practices and get better in practices,” Ramsey said. “The only thing we’re looking at right now is Ell-Saline [Sept. 5]. We’re not looking ahead. We play that game, win or lose. We want to get better each and every practice, each and every game.”
    Ramsey has had time to work with his new team, as he ran a summer weights program, as at a padded camp at Pratt over the summer. Additionally, Ramsey has kept on assistant coaches Bill Foust, Dale Sprunger and Jeff Friesen, which has helped smooth the transition for both the players and their new head coach.
    The Teutons will field 29 when they take the field for their season opener against Ell-Saline. Ideally, Ramsey would like 40 or more on the roster, but still plans on playing the junior varsity schedule even with the smaller numbers, as the game experience those players earn isn’t something that can be fabricated in practice.
    Inexperience will also be a concern, as the Teutons only return three or four varsity athletes from 2013.
    One of those will be Ramsey’s projected starting quarterback Blayne Konrade, who saw action in all nine games for the Teutons. Konrade, a 5-foot-10, 175 pound senior, racked up 107 yard rushing with two touchdowns, plus had 58 yards in the air and scored once.
    The Teuton defense should be in fairly good shape, as senior Blake Drueker will lead the defensive backfield after snagging a team-high five interceptions in 2013. Senior linemen Hank Thiessen and Ethan Cousell will anchor the front, after combining for 83 tackles last season.
    Ramsey will have talent to work with, but Ramsey will a large number of junior and sophomores, as well as a few freshman, to fill the remaining open spots. While that leads to a lot of inexperience on the field for the first snap, Ramsey notes those players won’t stay that way for long.
    Page 2 of 2 - “You tell a kid, ‘Oh, you’re just a freshman,’ after that first varsity play, you’re not a freshman anymore,” Ramsey said. “You’ve got to step up and play.”
    Practices have been hampered a little by the late-August heat blast that coincided with the start of practices. Despite that, however, Ramsey is seeing his players start to come together as a team.
    “Football is probably the biggest team sport ever,” Ramsey said. “You have a total of 22, plus your special teams. Everyone has to know their jobs and do their jobs and, if you don’t, you’re not a team. I think each and every practice, that has gotten better.”
    Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.
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