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PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL NOTES FOR A DOZEN AREA TEAMS


Adair-Casey Bombers

 

 

Last year: Finished 10-2 and lost to Murray in the playoffs.

 

Key Losses:

Jordan Wheatley- among the state leaders in tackles for loss

Josh Irlmeier- one of the team's leading tacklers the past two seasons

Dillon Suhr- multi-year starter on offensive and defensive line heading to South Dakota to play this fall

Gunnar Dinkla- two-year starter at quarterback

 

Key Returners:

Clayton Plowman- Needs only 967 yards to become the 8-man all-time leading rusher. Has scored 100 career TD's which ranks 4th all-time. Entering 4th year as a starter

Traeton Jensen: 11.4 yards per carry last year, candidate to replace Gunnar Dinkla at QB.

Charlie Terry: 2nd leading tackler, 3rd leading rusher (465 yards, 11.1 ypc)

Logan Dinkla/Chris Draman: Returning starters on both offensive and defensive line

 

Other:

Last year had one of the most explosive offenses averaging 55 points per game. They've made the playoff in five straight seasons.

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AHST

 

 

Last year: Made the playoffs with a 6-3 regular season. Beat Madrid in the first round of the playoffs before running into Logan-Magnolia.

 

Key Losses:

Jake Larson: Among the districts leading tacklers the last two seasons, also led AHST in rushing as a senior.

Tyler Robinson: Led the defense with 3 interceptions, was one of the teams top receivers and fastest options on offense.

 

Key Returners:

Austin Fink: Recorded 95 tackles and also was one of the top rushers and pass catchers a year ago.

Nathan Herbst: Started at QB as a freshman, teams 2nd leading rusher

 

Other:

Entering year two under current head coach Davis Pattee. The team won every home game last year. Five of the top six tacklers return on defense.

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Atlantic

 

 

Last year: Lost the last two games of the regular season to narrowly miss the playoffs and finish 5-4 overall. Posted big wins against Carroll and ADM.

 

Key Losses:

Harrison Hoegh: Started 3 years at QB, named 1st team all-district.

Sam Markham: Shrine-Bowl Selection had a record setting senior season for Atlantic and was among Class 3A leaders in receiving yards.

Stuart Hoegh: Led the team in tackles with 89 , 9 of the top 10 tacklers graduate.

 

Key Returners:

Brody Petersen: Finished third on the team in tackles, also saw time in the backfield.

Offensive Line: Majority of the front five is back on the line.

 

Other:

Atlantic hit very hard by graduation with a limited number of starters returning on either side of the ball. Entering the second year under head coach Nick Ross, a member of Atlantic's only state championship team.

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Audubon

 

 

Last year: Made the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. Lost to Logan-Magnolia in the first round to finish 5-5 overall.

 

Key Losses:

Jesse Svoboda: Started at fullback and defensive line

Kolton Jensen/Heath Irlmeier: each finished among the leading tacklers on the team

 

Key Returners

Trevor Smith: Started as a soph. at QB and threw for 1,200 yards with 21 total TD's

Riley Jones: Entering 3rd year as starting RB, 5.1 yards per carry in 2012

Lucas Smith Petersen: Leading receiver in 2012

Colby Rattenborg: Big play threat on offense, defense, and special teams. The senior to be led the team in receptions as a sophomore.

 

Other: Co-head coaches Dustin Christiansen and Sean Birks take over the program. They were teammates on some of IKM's very strong teams before joining with Manning. Won four of their last five regular season games to make the playoffs.

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CAM

 

 

Last Year: Went 7-4 and made the playoffs once again. Losses came to very good competition (Fremont-Mills, Adair-Casey, Sidney, and Glidden-Ralston). Had a five game win streak at one point.

 

Key Losses:

Tyler Stork/Matthew Williamson: Each started multiple years on the offensive and defensive line

Trevor McKee: Among the state leaders in interceptions from his safety position on defense the last two years. Was a dual-threat QB during his senior campaign.

 

Key Returners:

Dylan Amdor: Ran for 1,600 yards as a sophomore, injuries held him to 950 yards last year

Brady Runyan: Leading tackler (92 stops) and 2nd leading rusher. Coming off of a significant knee injury late in the basketball season

Trace Ticknor: Led the team in tackles in 2011, recorded 69 tackles last year. Saw some time at QB filling in for McKee due to injury

Keegan Hosfelt: Lone starter returning on offensive line, he started both ways as a freshman

 

Other:

In an interesting district this year with Fremont-Mills who has only lost one game in the last two years. Stanton and Lenox are traditionally strong but have slipped in recent years. Corning and Villisca merge to become Southwest Valley

 

Exira-EHK

 

 

Last year: A memorable run took the Spartans to the UNI-Dome with a 12-0 mark. They lost to MMC in the semi-finals.

 

Key Losses:

Offensive Line: Four of the five starters up front have graduated including all-state center Brady Drees who is headed IWCC

 

Key Returners:

Nick Peppers: Among the leaders in the state in tackles as both a sophomore and junior. Also a very effective option on offense as a fullback.

Drew Peppers: Took over the reigns at Quarterback as a sophomore and the team didn't miss a beat. Peppers totalled 34 touchdowns on the year and came up big in the playoffs.

Trey Sander: Rushed for nearly 1,500 yards, a big back is also a state place winning wrestler (3rd at 195 pounds).

Joe Harris: Among the top tacklers coming back and the lone starter returning to the Offensive line.

 

Other:

Spartans will now have the target on their back. Traditional district powers Glidden-Ralson and Coon Rapids-Bayard will be gunning for the defending district champs. Big question is how the team will replace the powerful O-Line.

 

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Griswold

 

 

Last year: Made the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Posted an impressive 46-0 first round win over Woodward-Academy then lost to Woodward-Granger in round two to finish 7-4

 

Key Losses

Josh Metheny: Teams leading tackler, is one of severall key losses on defense.

Colin Fast: Starter on both offensive and defense line. The graduation of Fast along with Metheny and Tanner Potter has the Tigers looking to replace three of their top four tacklers.

 

Key Returners

Kenneth Clary: Team's leading returning rusher. Posted several big games late in the season a year ago.

Tyler Muhlbauer/Caleb Schaaf: Two very popular options in Griswold's extremely versatile rushing attack.

 

Other:

Tigers look to make the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time in nearly five year. Will be searching for a replacement to quarterback Devin Bates.

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Guthrie Center

 

 

Last year: Finished just 3-6 but those three wins came in consective order at the end of the year giving a young team some momentum to carry into 2013.

 

Key Losses:

Gavin Laughery: The teams leading rusher last year was a three year starter at running back

Cody Cain: Valuable asset on the defensive line with 39 tackles in 2012

 

Key Returners:

Austin Laabs: Team leader in tackles and 2nd leading rusher. Will be a junior this season and has two years of varsity experience.

Curtis Bolton: Entering his third year as the starting quarterback.

 

Other: Went from 2-7 in 2011 to 3-6 in 2013. Only lose a few seniors. A win over Madrid in week 9 was a huge highlight to end the season.

 

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Harlan

 

 

Last year: An 8-1 regular season was followed by a first in Harlan's illoustrious history. For the first time ever, Harlan lost in the first round of the playoffs at home.

 

Key Losses:

Chris Hopkins/Joey Foss/Austin Hess: Harlan's top three rushers have all graduated. Hopkins ended up as the workhouse back and led the team in yards.

Jeff Flies/Adam Zaccone, Nick Kornischuk: The top three tacklers on the defense all need to be replaced.

Nate Kloewer/David Ratigan: The top two pass catchers each graduate. Kloewer's statistics were among the best in the state for Class 3A.

 

Key Returners:

Adam Juhl: Juhl won a three-way battle for the QB job and threw for 1,800 yards with 19 TD's

Gabe Ferry/Trey Lansman: Two big targets come back for Juhl to throw to. Both starters on the runner up team at state basketball, Lansman and Ferry each stand at least 6'5".

Connor Clayton/Jeremiah Beiker: Finished 4th and 5th on the team in tackles last year.

 

Other: Harlan's lone regular season loss last year came at Creston. The Panthers and the Cyclones have had some very good matchups in recent years with Creston winning the district two years ago and Harlan winning it last year. They matchup in Week 6 in Harlan.

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Nodaway Valley

 

 

Last year: Ended up only 2-7 but did post a big win over Treynor late in the year.

 

Key Losses:

Brad Baudler multi-year starter at quarterback and defensive back. Was a do-it-all QB and veteran leader on a young group last season.

Kain Queck: Starter at fullback and linebacker. Among the team's leading tacklers

Ryan Williams: Caught 27 of the team's 54 completed passes

 

Key Returners:

Zack Brewer-Team's leading rusher in '12, running for 518 yards

Michael Stender-led the team in tackles during his junior season with 68 stops

 

Other:

Replacing Baudler on both sides of the ball will be a tall order. Team also loses five of their top seven tacklers.

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Riverside

 

 

Last year: Posted a 2-7 record with wins coming against Shenandoah and West Monona

 

Key Losses:

Clay Harris-Started for two years at running back and led the squad last year with 572 yards

Ricky Williams: The 6'7" 260 pound lineman passed up major college football offers to go play basketball at Briar Cliff

 

Key Returners:

Travis Henningsen: Started at quarterback and was also the team's 2nd leading tackler

Connor Rankin: His 69 tackles led the team

Garrett Graves: Starter on offensive and defensive line, posted 52 tackles.

 

Other: For the 2nd straight year the Bulldogs will be operating under a brand new, first year head coach. Former assistant Mitch Rice steps into the top role on the sideline.

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Stanton

 

 

Last year:  Stanton failed to make the playoffs for the first time in several years. They went 2-7 overall with wins against Essex/South Page and Nishnabotna.

 

Key Losses:

Jeff Marshall: Marshall led Stanton in nearly every statistical category on offense, defense, and special teams.

Allen Hamilton/Collin Strickland: Ouside of Marshall, these two were the only other seniors on a thin Stanton squad.

 

Key Returners:

Nearly everyone is back from last year's squad. Sophomore Kyle Peterson and Freshman Kyle Petersen split time at quarterback, five freshman registered at least 15 tackles, and senior to be Cade Confer is the leading returning rusher (512 yards in 2012)