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GRIDIRON PREVIEW: Keokuk attempts to build on tradition following successful campaign

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KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) -

In Matt McGhghy's second season as Keokuk head coach the Chiefs found themselves playoff eligible once again.

Only to be left on the outside looking in come playoff time. 

Now in his third year, McGhghy is trying to maintain success in a program that found it in 2016. 

"We're trying to build on tradition," said McGhghy. 

"The past years we've been down a little bit record-wise and number-wise. Kids coming out for football has drastically dropped. We're just trying to change the perception of football." 

However, the Chiefs will have their work cut out for them as Keokuk lost 12 seniors from last season's team to graduation which means the Chiefs are looking to fill plenty of spots on the depth chart. 

"We have new bodies, obviously.  We lost a lot of seniors, 12 of them and 12 good kids. We have some kids coming back that were role players for us," said the Chiefs leader. 

Some of those role players include a group of talented underclassmen in the defensive backfield that have plenty of varsity experience from 2016. 

"(We return) four outside linebackers," boasts senior lineman Michael Glasscock. 

"Dylan Jeffers and Keegan Carter were freshmen last year and Dylan Jeffers lead the team in tackles as a freshman." 

Though the Chiefs graduated a dozen 12 seniors from last year's team one area they won't be lacking in experience is up front. And they're expecting the lineman to pull and push their weight this season.

"I think our line is one of the best up front just because of the simple fact that we have the best communication in the conference," senior lineman Jerry Glenn said. 

Meanwhile, as McGhghy fills holes on the offense he also needs to decide who will be taking the snaps this fall as a quarterback battle ensues at camp.

"We've got a question mark at quarterback. We've got two guys battling it out right now to be the signal caller," said McGhghy. 

"But I think in the next couple of days we'll start to figure some things out." 

While both quarterbacks learn the ins and outs of the Chiefs offense McGhghy has plenty of time before their August 25 season opener to decide who will take the snaps. 

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