By: Brent Christiansen
Boom, pop, crack, football season is back! With the return of the school year, that also means that football is back, and this team seems to be an exciting one. Despite losing a record number of seniors this past season, the 2014 team should still be extremely competitive with a hearty combination of very experienced seniors, a more than ready junior class, and a skilled sophomore group which is ready to step up to the plate and fill some needed varsity positions.
After the scrimmage with Grant County, the team is more than anxious to get back on the field and show people what they are truly capable of. Returning playmakers like Hayden Molitor, Charles Gaines, Zack Riddle, and Justin Durham, as well as first year varsity players like the super quick Lashunn Townsend, are ready to lead the Juggernauts’ explosive offense behind the fresh new Offensive Line, which only returns three players with varsity experience but is ready to show what it can do.
The Juggernauts, who are coming off a second place finish in one of the toughest Districts in 2A football, are looking to finish even better than that this upcoming season. Senior Quarterback Hayden Molitor seemed very optimistic about the upcoming season when interviewed.
“I expect to build off of last year’s success and make a playoff run,” is what the second year starter said when asked how he expects the team to do this year.
The team is playing a challenging schedule, with district play against 2011 state champion Holy Cross, and Newcath, a 2A powerhouse it seems like every year. But when Junior center Jakob Turner was asked about who the toughest opponent should be, the answer might be quite surprising to some people.
“Newport, because they have a solid run game, and some very talented players,” is what Turner, sporting some serious facial hair, responded with.
With the usually talented teams such as Holy Cross and Newcath, as well as an up and coming Newport team, district play for the Juggs should be very interesting.
As far as the strengths and weaknesses go for the squad this season, the strengths much outweigh the weaknesses according to many players, including sophomore running back Justin Durham when asked about the bright and dark spots of the team.
“One of our major strengths has to be the athleticism and the only real weakness is that were very young,” is what the always talkative Durham said on the subject.
Based on how everything is looking so far, this seems to be a very productive year for second year Head coach Eric Turner and his experienced coaching staff. As equipment manager Sam Gausepohl puts it, “Were gonna make them cry to their mommy’s.”