Clarksville Football looking to diversify offense

The Clarksville football team enters the 2023 season looking to build off last year’s 5-4 campaign, where the team got back to the playoffs.

In doing so, they’ll focus on diversifying the offense, particularly opening up the passing game after attempting only 32 passes last year. Head Coach Darren Bohlen says it’ll open up some options, especially in competitive games.

"We only passed a couple of times per games last year," Bohlen says. "This year, we want to pass a little bit more. It's just that we haven't done it a lot. We've just got to be able to make sure we're efficient in that part of the game. We still want to run, but we want to open it up a little bit. We have to be deliberate in using our passing game, and that's the big question mark right now."

Eli Schmidt returns for his senior season as the starting quarterback after completing roughly half of his pass attempts last year. However, the dual threat quarterback will not be alone, as Bohlen expects others to contribute, including fellow senior MaKade Bloker.

"Eli can do that. We can move him around and put MaKade at quarterback. We're going to move those guys around. They both can throw it. We're going to try to throw the defense off a little bit, and make them adjust to where our guys are lined up at."

The Indians will open the season by hosting a Week 0 game against Belle Plaine on Friday, August 18.

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