Lions On the Hunt Again

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By WSIL Sports

CARTERVILLE -- The Carterville Lions have been one of the most successful and consistent programs in the region.  The Lions have put together 19 straight winning seasons, making the playoffs in 18 of those.

Carterville has won 18 out of 23 games the past two seasons, but this year will have a different look.  The Lions have to replace quarterback Michael Aschemann and running back Phillip Frangelo, who terrorized defenses the past couple of seasons.

Blake Hicks will take over at quarterback, and Brayden Bisaillon moves from guard to the backfield.

With all this talk about offense, Lions head coach Dennis Drust says the defense will be key to getting off to a good start.

"We've gotta play very good defense early to give our offense time to find its identity and improve through the season," Drust said.  "We return both linebackers inside, we return our front three and return one in the secondary, so we've got a good nucleus on defense."

"I'd say our offense is gonna be a little different this year," said Bisaillon.  "Especially with moving people around, but I think our defense will be pretty good.  I'm pretty confident of what our defense can do."

Fellow senior Dylan Samuel said it was critical for the Lions to get off to good start to the season.  "It means everything to get off to a quick start and have momentum going into conference play.  Obviously after conference play then the playoffs is our ultimate goal."

 
 
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