For years the Berrien Rebels Football team has been seeking a head coach who could stick around longer than a year. Since 2010 the Rebels have had a different coach each season. This year entering the 2014 season that streak has ended as Head Coach Ed Pilcher enters his second year at the helm.
Coach Pilcher said, "I think it helps gives the kids some extra confidence to see their head coach stick around for longer than a year."
With the return of their head coach the Rebels are hungry to start earning some wins on Friday night and they have the talent on offense to put the points on the board. The O-line is strong with the return of four of their five starters from last season. It also helps to have a three year starter at running back name; Quinton Tisby. Then under center is last year's starter Blake Guthrie, who will be controlling the plays out on the field. The big concern is the defense for the Rebels.
Coach Pilcher said, "We have the guys on offense, but the guys on defense we are still searching for to take over as a leader."
With the lack of depth on the field the Rebels are trying to avoid their starters on offense from getting to many reps on defense. Coach Pilcher is still searching for those guys to step up, but he knows he will have to bite the bullet and have some guys on offense play both ways.
Berrien will open their season on Friday against Irwin County at home.