Hewitt-Trussville creating depth in the defense
By Alex Headley
The Hewitt-Trussville Huskies are fielding an experienced defense this season. Coach Hal Riddle is looking to use that experience to create some depth for later in the season and next year.
“The linebackers will be a newer group of guys, but we have several guys back to lead,” Riddle said. “We want more depth.”
Ian Bradley, a linebacker, is one of the most experienced on the defense and will be leading much of the team.
Riddle said that Brandon Woods, Nick Lee and Travis Hyde have done well in spring practice.
“We have most of our line coming back,” he said. “Luke Davis and Griffin Pair have played an awful lot.”
Filling out the defense are Nathan Stotser and Bailey Cash, both playing corner.
“They didn’t start last year, but both played every game,” Riddle said.
According to Riddle, the defense will play a huge role in the success of the team this season.
“The defense can often set the tone of the game,” he said. “These guys play hard. David Partridge, the defensive coordinator, does a tremendous job.”
Partridge has been with the team for eight years.
“The coordinators work very well together, the offense will more than carry their weight,” Riddle said. “I think they will complement each other very well.”
Riddle isn’t worried that the inexperienced players will hurt the team.
“They know that if they show up every day and work hard, they have a chance to play for us,” he said. “We are building excitement right now. It’s that time of the year.”