KINGWOOD \u2014 The Preston High Knights (1-0) opened their football season on the right foot \u2014 with a win over Hampshire High, 22-13, Aug. 24. A big portion of their success was halfback Jesse Gribble, who galloped for 148 yards and two touchdowns on just 20 carries.\r\nKnights\u2019 head coach Jonathan Tennant admitted that Gribble wasn\u2019t a big part of the plan during their game preparation, but saw something and adjusted to use him more in the second half.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_18926" align="alignright" width="300"]<img class="wp-image-18926 size-medium" src="http:\/\/www.dominionpost.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2018\/08\/hampshire-vs-preston-08-28-18-ww_1-300x277.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="277" \/> Head coach Jonathan Tennant helped Gribble change his running style to have more success. (William Wotring\/The Dominion Post)[\/caption]\r\n\r\n\u201cWe had some concerns in the preseason that Jesse was running with his pads too high, so we weren\u2019t sure how he\u2019d do,\u201d he said. \u201cBut turns out he listened to us, dropped his pads and just started running over people. So, we just kept giving him the ball.\u201d\r\nAs they say, \u201cFilm doesn\u2019t lie,\u201d and like any good football player worth his salt, Gribble turned to the tape to help him adjust his running style.\r\n\u201cI watched myself getting over powered by other players. I had to make a change to keep improving,\u201d he said. \u201cI worked on it some after practices and the coaches gave me tips on how to keep myself low and said I was going to get myself hurt if I didn\u2019t change it.\u201d\r\nThe 5foot-10, 190-pound junior made his debut as the premiere rusher for the Knights with a 7.4 yard-per-carry average and despite the initial hesitation to form the game plan around him, Tennant said he saw the potential Gribble possessed.\r\n\u201cHe\u2019s a pretty strong kid. He\u2019s starting to figure out that he\u2019s our go-to guy in the backfield,\u201d Tennant said. \u201cHe grew up a lot Friday night. A lot of our kids did. He was one of the main ones that showed up and played and it\u2019s something I think he\u2019ll continue to do throughout the year.\u201d\r\nPart of the confidence Tennant has in Gribble can be attributed to his running back\u2019s leadership skills that coach said he displayed \u201cever since January when we went into the weight room and he was leader at Camp Dawson, the four days we spent down there.\u201d\r\nGribble has accepted that leadership role and said, \u201cit\u2019s an honor\u201d to be in that position and said he enjoys it more than his defensive duties as a safety because he\u2019s played running back most of his life and it comes more natural to him.\r\nThe Knights may have a harder time breaking through the line as they host North Marion tonight and Tennant knows he can rely on Gribble once again, but it may not be as easy this time around.\r\n\u201cIt depends on what the defense is giving us,\u201d Tennant said about using Gribble more often. \u201cIt\u2019s good to have that option. We know we can do it now, but North Marion is going to be a little tougher up front than Hampshire was. It\u2019s going to be a tougher test for us this week.\u201d\r\nNorth Marion defeated the visiting Preston Knights last season, 41-19.