Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


August 27, 2013

Pirates looking to use speed

TOLEDO — Over the past 14 years, the Cumberland Pirates have gone through a number of offensive strategies.


Cumberland started out as a power I-formation team when Kevin Maynard became the school's offensive coordinator in 2000. They've also run the wishbone double wing and the spread pro formation over the years.


For a coach like Maynard, adaptation is the name of the game, and the 2013 Cumberland offense will adapt to its talent.


"We'll be a multiple formation group and try to get the ball to as many kids as we can and utilize our speed," Maynard said. "We will run the option, I'm an option guy. We will throw the ball as well."


Keying up that offensive attack will junior starting quarterback Monte Wolke, who was under center last year during Cumberland's 6-3 regular season and trip to the playoffs.


Many of the team's skill players were new in 2012, with the offensive line holding much of the experience. Still the offense struggled at times.


Now, much of the offense has experience, starting with Wolke.


"He's healthy, he's stronger, he's faster than he was a year ago," Maynard said. "We're going to be able to put the ball in is hands and let him make some decisions for us."


Hunter Elwood also returns as the team's starting running back, although he will have plenty of support in the backfield.


Senior Dylan Martin, junior Houston Napier and sophomores Cameron James and Danny Duniphan are expected to bolster the team's offensive capabilities with their speed.


"They're very quick young men and good decision makers too," Maynard said.


While last year's team had a very experienced offensive line, only Alex Carter and Charley Ault return to this year's line. Michael Reynolds and newcomer Hunter Light are expected to help out.

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