2-A-Days: Bishop Heelan

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (ABC9 Sports)–Last year, most people in the area knew that Bishop Heelan would be one of the best football teams in all of Siouxland. Coach Roger Jansen and the Crusaders proved them right, winning their sixth state championship and completing a perfect 14-0 season.

But in 2014, the Crusaders return just four starters on offense and five on defense. Luckily for them, one of those returners is senior Tony Tobin, who shouldered the Heelan rushing attack last year.

As a junior, Tobin carried 209 times for over 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns. With 45 passing touchdowns gone off last year’s team, Jansen wants this year’s team to be more balanced, relying on Tobin to carry the load.

Before they find balance on the field though, the Crusaders have to figure out who will be on the field for them this fall.

“We’re evaluating the kids every day,” said Jansen. “Depth charts are changing and the guys are working hard and we know that we really are going to have to squeeze things down what we do offensively and defensively just because of the number of players that we’re gonna have.”

“We got big shoes to fill,” added senior Joe Kayl. “We gotta work hard, get things done, have good practices and hopefully, our games go the way we want them.”

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