August 18, 2019 01:42 PM
(ABC 6 News) - The Kasson-Mantorville KoMets enter this season with a fresh mindset and some big changes ahead.
Coming off a 4-5 season, the KoMets enter this year with the outlook of controlling what they can control.
"We want to be able to come into every game with the belief that we're going to be successful in the things and expectations that we want to accomplish," head coach Broc Threinen said.
Entering camp, KM knew how they wanted to tackle this season. As for the big changes? It was time to pick the new leader of the team as the KoMets lose their longtime quarterback, Matt Winkle.
"New faces in there," Threinen said."The kids have really responded to coaching. Really, it's about getting them comfortable and getting them reps. We feel good about those guys coming into the season. If one goes down the other can step in."
With two guys giving depth to the QB spot, coach has a good idea for who will get starting snaps.
"Peyton Wilke would be our number one right now," Threinen shared. "He's a kid that started last year at a different position at cornerback. Peyton is the leader we are going to follow and give him the keys to the car."
After watching Winkle lead the team, Peyton is ready to step into his new role.
"Obviously a big pair of shoes to fill, he started for four years and I played my part as back-up," Wilke said. "I'm excited to get out here to play my role."
Another big change for the KoMets this season is their move to a new conference. K-M will face some of the bigger schools, most of which are in the Big 9.
"Three years playing the same teams, it's getting kind of old I guess," senior Cade Spreiter said. "Playing these bigger schools, I'm kind of excited to see how we face up against them."
This season the KoMets will face a new slate of teams such as John Marshall, Austin, Winona, Albert Lea, both Mankato East and West, then round out their season against Faribault. Entering a new conference can present some unknown challenges, but as Wilke said, the team just needs to a make a statement for themselves.
"We're the smaller school, but I think we can keep up with these guys," Wilke said.
So, what can opponents expect from KoMets football this year?
"We're a quick team," senior Easton Knoll said. "We don't have the biggest guys, but we'll fight for everything we get and we'll give it our all."
The KoMets aren't shy about their size, but they know that where they lack, they can make up for elsewhere.
"We're not the biggest, but we definitely want to be the most physical team," Spreiter added. "That's kind of our goal here. To just go out and punch them in the mouth, that's what we like to say."
The KoMets open their new season on the road agaisnt Mankato East on Friday, August 30. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.
Created: August 18, 2019 01:42 PM
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