As no less than 10 opponents are about to discover, the Franklin Community High School football team promises to have a bone to pick this season.
Newness abounds within the program, whether it’s first-year head coach Adam Reese, a yet-to-be-unveiled helmet design, or the fact the Class 5A Grizzly Cubs are making the switch offensively to a flexbone triple-option.
With change comes the need for salesmanship. It’s here Reese leaned on quarterback David Stier and fullback Ross Barr, both seniors, to sell returning players and newcomers alike on the change.
“They have been great leaders up to this point,” said Reese, 35, previously the offensive coordinator at defending Class 4A runner-up Mishawaka. “You’re not going to get total buy-in from 80 kids all at once, so it’s important to have those two because they’re the ones the other kids look up to.”