Troy High School
Conference: 1AD1 Whitepine League
Classification: 1A D1
Head Coach: Rob Bafus
Years as Head Coach: 6th
Previous Experience: Junior High
Record Last Year: 11-1
State Titles: 1980 and 2010
Guy Wells (Defensive Coordinator), Brad Broenneke (Head JV), Josh Hammel (O Line D Line), Nick Acord (Line and Junior High).
Who do you have coming back this year?
(Eli Dahl-Imel, TE & DB, 12) (Cameron Barnes, RB & DB, 10) (Jonah Lay, RB & LB, 10) (Chase Blazzard, QB & DB, 10) (Kellen Hoskins, RB & LB, 12) (David Blum, FB & LB, 10) (Heath Thompson, TE & DB, 10) (Brad Spencer, OL & DL, 12) (Jake Nelson, OL & DL, 11) (Zach Blum, OL & DL, 12) (Nick Hites, OL & DL, 11) (Robert Smith, OL & DL, 10) (Cody Cludt, OL & DL, 10) (Hunter Holloway, OL & LB, 10) (Tell Hites, OL & DL, 12) (Will Gram, OL & DL, 12) (Kyle Nelson, TE & LB, 11)
Any Returning Players with Honors?
(Kellen Hoskins, 1st team All State TE & 1st Team All State LB) (Will Gram, 1st Team All State OL & 2nd Team All State DL) (Tell Hites, 2nd Team All State OL) (Zach Blum, 2nd Team All Conference Offensive Guard & Defensive Line), (Eli Dahl-Imel, All Conference Honorable Mention Receiver)
Any “Key Players” that you lost from last year?
Cody Self QB & DB, Zach Bafus RB & DB. Both were all state players. Cody was selected Whitepine League MVP and Zach was selected Whitepine offensive player of the year.
Photo By: Chris Warren - #76 Will Gram
As a team, what are your offensive strengths?
Our offensive strength is our interior 3 linemen. Will Gram, Tell Hites and Zach Blum. The 3 of them were all league players while Will Gram was all state on both sides of the ball and Tell Hites was a second team all selection OL. We will also have a very dynamic tailback in Kellen Hoskins.
Offensive areas you hope to improve on over last year:
2 minute offense.
As a team, what are your defensive strengths?
Again our defensive line will anchor the team. Will Gram, Tell Hites and Zach Blum with a linebacker behind them that led the state in tackles as a junior, Kellen Hoskins.
Defensive Areas you hope to improve on over last year:
Does your team have a motto/theme for the upcoming season?
What are you most excited about in regards to this year’s team?
I can’t put my finger on one particular thing that excites me. This group of seniors is hungry for a title. They have a 2nd place state trophy from last year and a 3rd place from 2012, their sophomore year.
For the fans, what is the must-see game of the year on your schedule?
0 week (8/29/14) versus Salmon River. Salmon River finished as the #2 ranked 8-man team in the country last year. Week 6 (10/10/14) versus Prairie. Prairie will be a great team.
What is the ‘X-Factor’ to having success this season as a team?
Keeping our skilled players healthy. We are thin at the skilled positions. Improving our pass protection.
If you could change one rule in high school football, what would it be?
Trainers should be required at all games.
Besides the pay, the fame and the glory, why do you coach high school football?
To hopefully make a positive influence on the youth of our community and beyond.
What makes your school the best place to coach for?
The community, the administration, the teachers, and the student body are second to none. Pride, honor and tradition run deep in Troy.