Archive for Thursday, March 15, 2007

Willcott wants to help HCC rebuild

March 15, 2007

Offensive linemen are in no position to collect statistics or be glory hounds, so there is only one fair way to judge Peter Willcott's success as a Lansing High football player: Count the wins.

During three seasons as the starting left tackle on Lansing's offensive line, the Lions posted a 21-11 record and made three straight appearances in the state playoffs.

LHS coach Bill Pekarek said during that three-year run, Willcott was a focal point in the offensive scheme.

"Most of the time when we felt like we needed some yardage, we generally went a little bit left-of-center and generally in his area," Pekarek said. "He did a good job for us."

Willcott will try to make an impact on the offensive line next year at Hutchinson Community College. He and teammate Joe Kohl both signed with the Blue Dragons on Feb. 7.

"We looked at a couple different schools," Willcott said. "But down at Hutch, the coach that's coaching me (offensive line coach Josh Gooch), I enjoyed talking with him. He seems like a really nice coach, and I think I'd fit in there with the coaching staff and players."

Hutchinson is a program that's hoping to make a massive turnaround in 2007. It posted an 0-9 record last season but has since hired a new coaching staff. Head coach Rion Rhoades and Gooch were brought in from Fort Scott Community College. At Fort Scott last season they snapped the Greyhounds' 24-game losing streak, compiled a 7-5 record, earned a berth in the 2006 Region VI Championship game and made an appearance in the Heart of Texas Bowl.

Willcott said the opportunity to help build a program at Hutch appealed to him. Another factor, he said, was the time games would be played. Most Jayhawk Conference schools play at 1 p.m. Saturdays, but not Hutch.

"At Hutch their games are at 7 p.m.," he said with a smile. "They'll still be under the lights."

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