EDINA, MO. (WGEM) -- Knox County is on the move...literally.
The Eagles have ditched a speed-oriented scheme to a more traditional offense.
"The changes we're making it's not necessarily a reflection of trying to change the program, or put my stamp on it by any means," first-year head coach Bruce Vannoy said.
"The change we're making is because of the kids we have. We're going to be more of a power offense. We're going to emphasize controlling the ball."
Leading the charge under center is Nick Edwards who missed all of last season with a back injury.
"Having Nick back really changes things up," senior Hayden Miller said.
"He was hurt last year and it was a little rough finding out who's going to be QB the first couple weeks. But he's been throwing the ball really well lately. That's going to help us out a lot this year."
Edwards will have the luxury of plenty of weapons at his disposal, including Hayden Miller and Cory Moubry, who have both made the switch to the backfield, and Logan Miller, whose soft hands will be utilized at tight end.
"I think we should be pretty good," Moubry said.
"Losing Noah Talton, and Hunter (Klocke), we're switching up our offense a little bit but I think we should still be good with Hayden and Nick back. We can throw a little bit more this year."
On the defensive side of the ball the front seven are blessed with experience and all three of the Eagles linebackers are back.
"We have Cory Moubry who was an All-State linebacker for us last year (and) he's pretty good. We have Robert Mock, he's a sophomore this year (and) he played some last year, and Logan Miller," Edwards noted. "He's going to be a junior and he played last year too. We got all three returning so I think we should be all right."
According to Vannoy, "We're pretty lucky for a small school. We have three big, athletic linebackers and that's not something you can say very often at a school our size."
Knox County hopes it all leads to weekly success in the Lewis & Clark Conference and beyond.
"We want to compete for a conference championship first thing," Vannoy mentioned. "You compete for that and then obviously go on to the playoffs and you compete for a district championship."
Miller says the Eagles will also be playing with a chip on their shoulders.
"We're not expecting to go undefeated or anything like that," he said. "But (we want to) prove people wrong."