Pitch Preview: Tallulah Falls Indians
Tallulah Falls is coming off back-to-back playoff runs, and this time around the Indians return 7 starters and newcomers who are expected to play major roles this season. Jeremy Stille has a solid core, and should compete atop the region.
HEAD COACH: Jeremy Stille (4th Season)
2022 RECORD: 10-5-1; 1A Private State Round 1
RETURNING STARTERS: 7
KEY DEPARTURES: Sean Lynes, Jr., Trevor Bramlett, Giovanni Ramirez
KEY PLAYERS: JR M Austin Ball, SO M Clay Kafsky, SO GK Kelton Reynolds, JR D Brit Shaw, JR D Jake Wehrstein, SO M Jared Mullis, SR D Josiah Turney, SR F Simeon Conjagic, SR M Jake Hall, SO F Landon Hall
STRENGTHS: “Overall, we have a lot of experience coming into this year,” says Stille. “The majority of our team is made up of juniors and seniors. With the addition of Simeon Conjagic, Jake Hall, and Landon Hall, we have tremendous speed and tactical awareness that will help our team accomplish our goals and compete for a region championship. While we lost a bulk of our goals in Sean Lynes, Jr., returning Austin Ball and adding Simeon, as well as younger attacking threats, we have loads of goal scoring potential. Additionally, our defense is almost all returning so they have great awareness and understanding that will aid in ensuring we limit the threats from opposing teams.”
Austin Ball is now a 2-year captain and still just a junior. He will lead the team, and brings back a stat line of 9 goals (13 career) and 13 assists (23 career, which is a school record). Clay Kafsky adds 5 assists, and Kelton Reynolds has 4 career shutouts already to his credit. Meanwhile, Jake Hall and brother Landon come in from Collins Hill, where they have big-time experience as recent as last year’s 14-win Eagles team.
“This year we are hoping to build on the last two years, but most importantly go further,” says Stille. “We want to compete for a region championship and ensure a home seed for the playoffs. Also, we hope to greatly shore up our defense and limit our opponents goal scoring opportunities.”