Weed High School’s new head football coach Dave Toms is starting fresh with a new offensive strategy. “Weed High School is basically starting over,” he said. “That’s how we are looking at it.”

Weed High School’s new head football coach Dave Toms is starting fresh with a new offensive strategy. “Weed High School is basically starting over,” he said. “That’s how we are looking at it.”

Toms was head JV coach last year assisted by Martin Nicholas. This year Nicholas has been hired for the head JV coaching position and is working closely with Toms. “Martin and I have decided what we want for the program,” said Toms. He said they agreed on the new offensive strategy.

Four new coaches, Jared Klamparens, Mark Mazzoni, Adam Zwanziger, and James Clair will assist Toms and Nicholas. “We’re running both teams together,” said Toms. “All six coaches will be involved in both varsity and JV.”

Toms is excited about the new offense the teams will learn, but realizes it will be a “long, tough process.”

“These kids have not seen this offense before,” he said. “It’s the offense I’ve wanted to go to for a long time.” He said it’s been around a long time and has been popular in college. After attending a camp at Gold Beach with former coach Garen Whitehouse, he implemented part of it. It’s a “hurry up, wide open formation and needs a quarterback that is very smart and football savvy. I think we have that,” he said. “The defense will be the same that’s been run the last few years. We’re just changing the offense.”

Varsity and JV teams will practice together, learning the same plays. Toms explained that learning the calls as a JV will help players transfer to the varsity team. “When a sophomore moves up to the varsity, he will be able to just step in.” For technique and skill drills, both teams will practice together, but when “contact happens,” Toms said he’ll separate the varsity from JV. Connecting older players with the younger ones is another reason for combined practices. “Hopefully the juniors and seniors will help out the younger group.”

He said he’s “excited to see how it works and see how practices go. I think the kids will enjoy it.”

Toms said he has “three seniors returning as of right now,” but he is hearing that other kids are coming back. “It looks like, number-wise, we’re going to be OK at the varsity level.” As for the JV numbers, Toms doesn’t know yet.

For the past 11 years, with the exception of one, Toms has been involved with the WHS football team. He has served as head JV coach and assistant varsity coach under six different head coaches. He said there have been six different programs since 2000. “I’m happy to finally get my chance,” he said. “I am restarting the program, so, hopefully for the next four years, it won’t change.”

Two weeks of double-day practices will run Aug. 8 through the 19. A scrimmage at Mount Shasta is scheduled for Aug. 20, followed by their first game against Etna Aug. 26.