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Gridiron Preview: Titanic hopes for West Hancock

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West Hancock has turned to a more conventional ground-and-pound offensive attack that new head coach Travis Cook says will help the defense as well. West Hancock has turned to a more conventional ground-and-pound offensive attack that new head coach Travis Cook says will help the defense as well.

HAMILTON, Ill. (WGEM) -- As West Hancock tries to gain traction in the West Central Conference they've turned to a new head coach for guidance.

And Travis Cook is fully prepared for the opportunity.

"It's been a smooth transition," Cook said.

"Everything is working out great. It really hasn't been a change from very much of anything. I'm not coaching any different than I was before the previous years, it's just now I have a title."

Only a week in and senior Levi Huls is already impressed.

"We have a good head coach and the rest of the coaching staff is magnificent," Huls indicated. 

"(Coach Cook) knows everything and we do everything he tells us to."

In an interesting twist, former Illini West and Hall of Fame head coach Jim Unruh has joined Cook's staff helping to provide a boost to the Titan offense.

"The guy really knows his stuff. He's smart with the Wing-T offense and he knows more than anybody," senior Tyler Dooley said. 

"He knows how to win and that's what he's going to do here."

According to Huls, "He'll be able to fit in wonderfully. He's ran the wWng-T longer than I've been alive and he knows the in's and out's of everything."

Cook welcomes Unruh's presence and his knowledge.

"It's a win for us and a win for this program," Cook said. 

"Anytime you can get a Hall of Fame coach on your coaching staff I think it's a no brainier."

West Hancock's offense is confronted with the unenviable task of trying to replace one of the area's top weapons in quarterback Coy Dorothy.

But the Titans are eager to showcase a new crop of talent.

"We've moved from an all-passing offense pretty much down to a running offense," Dooley said. 

"To be completely honest I feel this offense is going good and I feel we'll be a lot better team with this offense."

Keeping opponents off the scoreboard continues to drive the defense and the Titans are sure to see plenty of weekly firepower.

"We're going to try and run the ball to slow things down quite a bit and try and give those kids a break in between plays," Cook noted. 

"Hopefully they will be a little fresher for defense."

Huls claims it all starts at the point of attack. 

"Hopefully we can stop the run. If we can do that we'll be fine."

Cook says understanding the defensive schemes is first and foremost.

"If you can't tackle and make the reads to put yourself in good position it doesn't matter what you do," he said. 

"We've been working on the reads and getting ourselves in the best position to available to make the tackles and make the plays."

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