High School Football

High school football season preview: COLLINSVILLE KAHOKS

First-year Collinsville coach Rick Reinhart has enjoyed a long and successful career, racking up 206 victories in 37 seasons, including a Class 1A state championship in 2009 at Tuscola.

The Kahoks, who were 1-8 last year, haven’t had a winning season since they were 8-2 in 1998, and they haven’t had back-to-back winning seasons since 1971-72.

“I knew coming in that it was going to be a lot of work. It’s going to take some time,” Reinhart said. “But the administration, and the coaching staff I’ve been able to put together, will help make the adjustments worthwhile, I hope. ... I think you can win here.”

Offense

Senior Jordan Reichert returns at quarterback. Reichert passed for 565 yards and five touchdowns last season and was Collinsville’s leading rusher with 526 yards and five TDs.

Senior Zach Hammel-Brown and junior Sean Bonham are the top running backs. Hammel-Brown gained 134 yards on 46 carries last season; Bonham had 74 yards on 10 carries.

Reinhart said the Kahoks would “like to throw the ball around a little bit.” However, other than junior Trevore Sanders, who had 12 catches for 240 yards and three TDs last year, his receivers are inexperienced.

On the offensive line, senior Tanner Hails and junior J.T. Thomas are the leaders.

Defense

Senior Max Lyons has been a starter at linebacker since his freshman year. Lyons had 34 tackles and two sacks last season.

“He’s had a great summer,” Reinhart said. “ To say we’re going to rely on him would be an understatement.”

Other top players on defense are Sanders at safety (20 tackles in 2014), senior Jeremiah Danford at safety (23 tackles, one interception) and senior lineman Dorian Wren (32 tackles, four sacks). Senior Jacob Gass is the punter.

— David Wilhelm

2015 Schedule

Date

Opponent

Time

Aug. 28

at Althoff

7 p.m.

Sept. 4

Triad

7 p.m.

Sept. 11

at Edwardsville

7 p.m.

Sept. 18

Belleville West

7 p.m.

Sept. 25

at Granite City

7 p.m.

Oct. 2

Alton

7 p.m.

Oct. 9

at O’Fallon

7 p.m.

Oct. 16

East St. Louis

7 p.m.

Oct. 23

at Belleville East

7 p.m.

2014 Results

Opponent

Result

Score

Althoff

L

34-14

at Triad

L

27-7

Belleville East

L

35-7

at Granite City

W

28-27

Edwardsville

L

48-0

at O’Fallon

L

31-9

Belleville West

L

30-0

at Alton

L

29-6

East St. Louis

L

57-17

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