GREEN BAY — During the offseason the Green Bay Southwest football team went through a coaching change as Bryce Paup left the Trojans to be an assistant coach at his alma mater, Northern Iowa.
The Trojans were coming off their first conference title since 1975 and all of sudden their leader was gone.
But instead of shaking things up, Southwest basically kept things status quo when announcing Paup’s successor or successors. The school named Tim Birr and Pat Wallace as co-coaches, with Birr running the defense and Wallace the offense.
Maybe there’s a new regime, but the results remain the same. Southwest has opened the season with two convincing wins and Friday it can make it a third as 2-0 Ashwaubenon visits in the GameTime Game of the Week.
"Lot of work put in at the beginning,” Wallace said. “We really worked hard together, communicated well. We've known each other 13 years. He's been like a brother to me, so on that note it's been a positive experience."
Senior lineman Max Scharping likes how things have gone.
"Since they were on the staff last year everything's just kind of keeping on going forward, and that's how we want to move it; always going forward, always progressing," the Northern Illinois recruit said.
Southwest hasn’t changed its winning ways on the field either. The Trojans have won their last 15 games against Fox River Classic Conference teams, but this season Southwest’s offense has more punch.
Under Paup, the team was known for defense first, but this season the offense has been terrific, averaging 46.5 points per game, giving the Trojans a great offense-defense balance. Southwest has a new quarterback in Chad Lehman, who has thrown five TD passes and run for three, while the running combination of Taylor Van Rite (203 yards, 3 TDs) and Jake Gorzek (174 yards, 3 TDs) have moved the ball.
How good is this offense?
"We'll find out as the season goes on,” Scharping said. “I don't know. We're excited about it. We got, obviously, a lot of improvement still. We have to keep getting better every single week."
So far, though, the Trojans have been pretty good. They opened on the road and beat Manitowoc, 40-14, and then topped Sheboygan North at home, 53-20.
"They've been successful,” Wallace said of his players. “We have room to improve and the kids know that. Overall, we've been pleased with the performances so far."
And each week the transition from Paup to Birr-Wallace should only get better.
"The transition has been great,” Wallace said. “The kids bought in right away to what we offered. To be honest, we really didn't change a whole lot from the philosophy standpoint of the program. Bryce did a great job with the kids, took them and matured them and developed them, and we wanted to do the same thing."
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