DECLO, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) You couldn't ask for much more from Declo Football last season. The Hornets won every single game, en route to the 2A state championship, their third since 2012.
They averaged 46 points per game, compared to the opponents' 16.
Now they got a target on their back, with their star Keegan Duncan taking center-stage.
Duncan produced his best season ever last fall, earning the USA Today Offensive Player of the Year honor for the entire state of Idaho. He committed to Boise State earlier this summer.
"The commitment of Keegan has helped us, there's been a lot of excitement centered around him and what he was going to do. Him making that decision early so he could focus on Declo Football was a really important one for our team," head coach Kelly Kidd explained.
The senior has broken seven school records already and on pace to take two more, according to Kidd. But the all-state running back/linebacker rather not discuss that.
"I just want to win!"
Sure Duncan is a natural talent, but he credits the support staff around him.
Duncan said, "we got guys like McKay Breshears and Tyson Matthews, they don't get a lot of recognition." "They are probably two of the best guys to ever come through here. They're studs. We have a solid line."
"It's probably going to be our best offensive line that we have put together which is exciting going into the season," Kidd added.
Together they amassed a 13–0 record in 2017.
Breshears, a senior quarterback and all-state linebacker said, "it was one of our big goals, we had a little taste of it last season. Going undefeated was such an awesome feeling." "I want to do it again, we have new guys and I want them to have the same goals we did."
And look at their strength of schedule this year, with 2A powerhouse Aberdeen and six 3A schools on the docket, including the two–time state defending champion, Fruitland.
Duncan added, "ever since my freshman year, we wanted to make our schedule tougher year in, year out."
"A lot of competition, it will be awesome for us," Breshears chimed in.
"We're not hiding anything. We're going to put ourselves out there and see where we stack up," Kidd claimed.
Declo kicks off the season Friday, August 24 with 3A power, Sugar-Salem.