It's part of the job description for a high school football coach: dealing with the loss of graduated players.
The 2011 Iowa Park Hawks will take the field this season without Lee Clubb. The dynamic dual-threat quarterback is now battling for playing time at Colorado State. His 2010 stats are staggering: over 3,200 yards of total offense, with 36 touchdowns scored.
Head coach Scott Ponder describes him as "one of the all-time best to ever play here."
"I've played sports with him since we were little kids. He'd do spectacular things from when we were little kids to his senior year in high school," senior safety Jake Weaver said. "You can't replace Lee."
Iowa Park finished 8-3 overall and 4-1 in District 6-3A, second to a 5-0 Graham team. Ponder now deals with the unenviable task of adapting his team and scheme after the loss of the Clubb. He says it'll be an all-around team effort to replace his production.
"We'll have to try and do different things," Ponder said. "If we ask anybody to do what he did, we're probably asking the wrong questions."
The rest of the Hawks are up for the challenge.
"We're pretty much a team unit all the way through," senior linebacker Kelby Tucker said. "Everybody makes the big play."
Weaver says the ball is being spread around practice well and everyone knows they have to steadily work their way down the field and not rely on the big play. Ponder says he excepts the team to excel at two "D's", defense and depth, especially at the skill positions. Adding to the "D's", all-district junior runningback Garrett Davis will have a vital role in the offense.
Coach says his team is right where they should be at this point in training camp. Coming off a scrimmage Saturday, there are things the team is doing well and things they need to work on.
The first test for all the training camp work is at home against Pampa August 26th.