(Greenfield) Only 24 players are out for football at Nodaway Valley, but head coach Steve Shantz says he feels good about the group he has out. He adds that some players were not willing to make the physical and mental committment this year which leaves the team low in numbers.
The Wolverines are coming off of a 2-7 season that saw the squad struggle off to a very slow start before beating Treynor and Clarinda Academy late in the year. Quarterback Brad Baudler, a three year starter, is among the biggest holes to fill. Sophomore Jackson Lamb appears to be the candidate to step into that spot. 3X state cross country qualifier T.J. Bower has exchanged the spikes for pads and should be an asset at wide receiver along with Zach Plymesser and Bailey Shantz at that position. Colton Garside, Mason Clarke, and Caleb Mueller all return to anchor the offensive line.
Coach Steve Shantz says speed will probably be the biggest strength of this year's team. He can't remember a year when the team had more overall speed. Finishing off games, according to the head coach, will be a big focus after letting some slip away last season.
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