Perry-Lecompton High coach Mike Paramore will have his team ready for anything during its season-opener tonight against Mill Valley High at Perry.
He knows the Jaguars will be.
"I'm sure they're very excited to play us after last year," Paramore said. "That was one they probably felt got away from them."
The Kaws committed eight turnovers in their season-opener last year against Tonganoxie, losing 20-0. But they rebounded the next week, beating Mill Valley 23-13 in a weather-delayed game that saw Perry jump out to an early lead, then hold on for the win.
Mill Valley coach George Radell said he was confident heading into the season-opener because of the way his seniors have played. After a year of running the wing-T offense, the Jaguars come in more experienced and eager to start their season.
That's just what worries Paramore.
"We're real concerned with slowing down their wing-T," Paramore said. "It's a good time to play them, if any, before they get rolling."
Mill Valley, 6-3 last year, will use several running backs in its lineup, including returning rushers David and Max Woods. Both rushed for just under 600 yards last season. Junior quarterback Tony Alvarez also is expected to improve after a year of running the offense.
P-L returns 13 starters from last year's 5-4 squad, including senior quarterback Adam Painter, who started the final four games.
Running back Noah Rees, an honorable-mention Kaw Valley selection last year, is a player Paramore wants to use as often as possible, especially in the early stages of the season.
"We're pretty solid," he said. "We're not great in any way. We've just got to go out and get better at what we do."
Kickoff is 7 p.m.