LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) The LCA Eagles are loaded for 2017 as they return every key offensive contributor from a team which led the Commonwealth in scoring at 48 points a game. The Eagles live by the slogan "No Huddle, No Mercy."
"You know we try to snap the ball within five seconds of the referee putting it down," says senior QB Logan Nieves. "That's what the offense is known for."
LCA was as balanced as you could be last year. 2,996 rushing yards and 2,916 passing yards. Guess what? Better than 90% of that offense is back.
The Eagles will use two quarterbacks again. The passer is Brayden Miller who had 27 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. The dual-threat is Logan Nieves who passed for 563 yards and rushed for 647 yards with 16 total TDs in only ten games.
"Playing two quarterbacks worked better than maybe the football Bible, so to speak, tells you it does," says a confident Ethan Atchley who is in his 4th season as the Eagles skipper. "Last year it worked well for us playing two of them."
Dillon Wheatley is a Mr. Football candidate. He is a horse. Rushing for nearly 1,800 yards with 33 total touchdowns. He has been the man since his sophomore year. Atchley has nothing but glowing remarks on his senior.
"Dillon is one of the hardest working kids, if not the hardest working kid, I've ever been around and coached. He comes to work every day with his hard hat on and he busted his tail and that is the way Dillon goes about his business. Whether he is on the preseason Mr. Football list or not, But I know that is something that motivates him."
Everyone knows the offense is going to be on-point. But what about the defense? Last year, LCA struggled against one thing only...speed. With a roster hovering around 60 players, Atchley thinks all phases of the defense have improved.
"We are probably deeper and faster in all of the spots than we ever have been. You know we've been able to play a few d-linemen in years past because of size or age. Now we are at a point where because of depth and 60 on the roster we've got a core group we can rotate in there. The good news is the depth, hopefully, will continue to stay there and we'll continue to grow numbers in years to come. For right now, we're ecstatic with where we are at in terms of the options we have."