Stockton chasing 8th straight playoff season

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Jesse Snyder’s first year as head coach was business as usual for Stockton. The Blackhawks won eight games and made the playoffs for the seventh year in a row.

“As a first year head coach to have that type of success, making a run into the playoffs is extremely positive,” says Snyder. “I think our kids have continued to buy in the tradition of what we got to do continue that moving forward.”

Year two at Stockton will start with a new quarterback under center now that Luke Huschitt is gone. Junior Garrett Busky will now lead the offense.

“He’s done a really nice job of picking things up from what he did last year as a sophomore. Understanding his responsibilities, and the things he has to to keep the offense clicking.”

The Blackhawks are excited about Busky’s arm talent, and like always Stockton will hang their hat on the ground. Senior Colin Dvorak returns after leading the Upstate side of the NUIC in rushing with over 12-hundred yards. Joining him in the back field is senior Chase Rowe and junior Tyler Bartz.

“We have a bunch of agility backs this year,” says Dvorak. “We’re fast and it’s going to be easy hitting the holes.”

Stockton will have a big offensive line opening up those gaps with tackles Zach Newman, Jordan Schultz, guards Matt Love, Bryant Keefer, and center Zack Cook. Leading the passing game is all-conference tight end Drake Oppold.

It’s a lot more comfortable and we know the system,” says Oppold. “This year it’s just an easier transition. It’s a lot easier.”

Defensively linebackers Dvorak and Rowe will lead a physical group along with defensive end Drew McGovern, and defensive back Winston McPeek.

“We’re going to see quite a few different looks I think,” says Snyder. “Hard running teams, we’re going to see some spread teams, and we’ll have to be able to adapt and make adjustments throughout the year.”

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