ROCHELLE (WREX) — Rochelle enters a new conference this year, but the Hubs have that same old smash-mouth mentality.
“Rochelle football, that’s what we do,” Hubs’ senior Charlie Jandak said. “We hit people in the mouth.”
Rochelle practices with that hard-nosed philosophy everyday as Kyle Kissack gets his team ready in his 2nd season as the head coach.
“It all starts up front,” Kissack said. “We want to be physical at the point of attack. We want to control the football and play really good defense.”
It’s not the prettiest brand of football, but it’s effective. The Hubs have made the playoffs in 18 of the past 21 seasons, including Kissack’s first season last year after he took over for longtime coach Kevin Crandall.
Kissack used a similar philosophy to Crandall’s, but also plans on adding more passing plays into the mix. The program likens it to adding onto a solid house.
“Same foundation, add more rooms and walls,” Jandak said. “That’s what’s so effective because at the end of the day, no one likes getting hit in the mouth repetitively. We come out there and make you quit and that’s what Rochelle football does.”
They’ll try to do that in a new conference this year. The Hubs are now part of the Interstate 8 after the Northern Illinois Big 12 dissolved.
They’ll still see some familiar faces in that conference. And the Hubs will bring a familiar style of play to the field to see if anyone can stop it.