Doniphan–Trumbull took a heavy blow this off–season, graduating most of their starting line–up, but may have gained some ground landing a state champion quarterback to their roster.
Griffin Hendricks, the former Yutan Chieftain who led his team to their first state title in program history has now joined the Cardinals with his dad becoming the new Superintendent of Doniphan–Trumbull Schools.
In the C2 championship game, Hendricks helped Yutan to a 27–6 victory over Cenntenial, throwing for 88 yards and one touchdown, while also running one in himself.
Now coming into his junior year, the newest Cardinal to the flock is already taking big steps with his new team becoming one of the top contenders to start under center.
A seemingly challenging adjustment, but Hendricks has embraced his new playbook and confident for the season.
"Well the offense is different than what we ran at Yutan, but the coaches are really getting me into it," Hendricks said. "It's not that hard of a pick–up and we've been hitting the ground running all summer so I'm really excited," Hendricks continued.
"We spread the field out, it's not so much under center pounding the rock and we'll get our zone game going and we throw the ball out quite a bit," Hendricks explained.
"You know he jumped in real well," head coach Brent Beckner said. "I feel like our players welcomed him in and I feel like he jumped into it and got comfortable during our weight sessions, seven on seven sessions and a camp," Beckner stated.
On top of their starting quarterback, the Cardinals graduated all three of their top wide receivers. But still remain rich in experience on the offensive line.
Doniphan–Trumbull kicks off their season on the road Friday Aug. 24. against Wood River at 7:00 pm.