Pigskin Preview: Part 2
The mason city mohawks are hoping to turn the image of the program around but one team who looks to keep building off the success they've had is blooming prairie.
The awesome blossoms reached the state semifinals last year á and hope to capitalize this season with another deep run.xxx everyone's got high expectations for us but that doesn't mean we just get to coast through we need to keep working hard every day in practice one practice at a time one game at a time.
The awesome blossoms reached the state semiá finals last season.
Blooming prairie returns a nice mixture of talent á but just like it was all season long last year á the quarterback position is an open competition.
Coach chad gimball is looking for a signal caller that is smart with the ball á able to make plays á and is aggressive.
He says fans can expect to see the same brand of football seen in years past.
I think you're going to see a lot of the same.
We've been doing this for quite a few years and we're not going to change a whole lot i think a few different wrinkles but we'll still be spread á we'll still be a fourá four team and mix up our coverages.
He wants to change the program and i believe him because he's got a different mentality than what i've been exposed to before.
He's the talk of the town á after an 0á9 campaign in 20á 18 á the mohawks have a new head coach named brandon krusey.
His resume consists of turning programs like mason city around á like his ost recent school á davenport north á who was one and eight his first season á and five and four last year á being coined district coach of the year.
His philosophy is simple.
Wins and losses are going to be what they are at the end of the year i know everybody wants to start out everybody's goal is to win all of their ballgames but we're focused on getting better every single day.
We've got a long ways to go but i think we've already come quite a ways from where we started so again every day is a new day here our goal is to be better tomorrow than we were today.
So far á the players are buying in to this new approach.
I think he's a good fit you know he's in the right place you know where he wants to change a program and we're wanting to change with him and he's starting to build a new atmoshphere and i think everyobe is starting to love it here.
There's guys working like we've never worked before it's not the same i can tell you by the tempo in practice in the weight room on the spring grove has won two straight nine man football championships..
But before that, the dynasty belonged to grand meadow who won the three state titles prior to the lions.
A seven win season might be a success for some but for the superlarks, it's more about getting rings.
"it takes a while to really learn how to play football and stuff and you know i think just the fact that these guys have been through the wars a little bit and stuff i think that's going to be a great benefit for us."
One thing that's constant at grand meadow is consistentcy.
For more than 30 years gary sloan has headed a powerhouse program.
It's easy to envy the superlarks..
A young team in 2018, they return every single starter from last season.
"last year was just like a bonus year for us.
I think with all the people coming back we're just gonna have that extra level of knowledge and wisdom and like just knowing what to do and where to do it."
Section 1 9 man football is one of the toughest sections in minnesota... being home to the last five state champions.
The superlarks themselves are three years removed from a three peat.
With their experience, they hope to get back to that level in 2019.
"we can start running more plays, different formations, we can start doing more things as a team and start noticing i think it's going to be interesting our line is definitely going to be smaller i think but if everyone works to their full potential á i think we'll be good.
The newman knights are coming off a memorable 20á 18 season á making the district playoffs á winning a thriller over north tama á and finishing eight and three.
The downfall for the knights is they lost a lot of senior leadership in the skill positions.
It started out as a concern feeling like the team i played with last year is going to be gone and trying to rebuild seemed like a challenge but after the work we've been putting in in just a couple days is really looking promising.
The most noticable position in need of being filled is that of quarterback á which head coach rich mccardle says belongs to a freshman.
I'll be starting a freshman this year á probably max burt who's looking the best right now.
Not your typical eighth grader coming out of middle school but i think he'll probably be ready to go he's going to need a lot of reps with our offense but i think he'll be coming up á we'll hear from coaches about how they aim to prevent concussions.
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