LISLE – It's a transitional year for Jared Arellano and his Lisle football teammates as they get set for the 2014 season with a new coach in place. Longtime coach Dan Sanko resigned in the offseason and Paul Parpet, who coached football at Addison Trail for 28 years, took over the program. Arellano spoke with Suburban Life sports editor Jason Rossi about the Lions' new coach, Arellano's leadership style, and the goals the team has in mind this season.
Rossi: How have things been coming along for you and the team?
Arellano: We have a great team, we just don't have the numbers. We have to depend on senior leadership this year.
Rossi: As a senior, what are you doing to provide that leadership?
Arellano: You just have to get everyone going. We don't have a lot of seniors this year, so you really have to get on everyone's butt and get them going and get them working.
Rossi: Are you a big yeller? How do get everyone going?
Arellano: Me, I'm not a big screamer. I try to lead by example, but I do everything I can to get everyone fired up and everything.
Rossi: What's it like having a new coach this season?
Arellano: All summer it's been a lot of change, but we've just been listening to our coaches. They know what they're doing. I think we have the best coaches in the state and we just listen to them and get our work done.
Rossi: What do you think of the offense you're running?
Arellano: Our offense is completely changed from last year, but I think it fits our team the best. We really depend on our offensive linemen. It's a lot of pulling and we have big, athletic linemen.
Rossi: What goals does this team have in mind?
Arellano: We're going for the playoffs. Every year is try to get to the playoffs. We're trying to do the best we can. Try to win conference, try to be state champions.
Rossi: Do you think this team can win state?
Arellano: It's only August, but who knows. We have to wait until Friday night to see what we've got.
Week 1 matchup
Who: Lisle at Peotone
When: 7:15 p.m. Friday
Where: 605 W. North St., Peotone
2013 records: Lisle 4-5, Peotone 8-3
Outlook: A 28-14 setback for the Lions in Week 8 in the final home game last season ended a streak of three wins in four games. This time around, Lisle will be looking to rectify that outcome and get the season started on the right foot. This will be the first time players like Alec Van Volkenburg, Mark McGrath and Grant Haen will log major varsity minutes.