FEATURE: Reworked Comanche defense off to flying start

With eight starters back from a unit that limited its opposition to 21.3 points per game a year ago, Comanche coach Stephen Hermesmeyer expected to have a pretty salty defense in 2020.

But after seeing the transfer of standout linebacker RJ Pepper, last year’s All-Big Country Preps Defensive Newcomer of the Year, kick off a chain reaction of position changes that impacted all levels of his defense, he knew he’d need some guys to adapt well — and quickly — to new roles for that group to achieve its full potential.

Judging from the Indians’ first two games, through which they’ve allowed a combined seven points, it would appear they’ve adjusted just fine. And though Hermesmeyer won’t go so far as to say he’s been surprised by his defense’s early-season dominance, he’d be thrilled to see its current run of success extended.

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