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Published August 29 2010

DGF football preview

At D-G-F last season, it was a numbers game.

D-G-F’s defense was one the area’s strongest by giving up an average of 6.5 points per game through its first 10 games. D-G-F also had five shutouts, including consecutive shutouts heading through the first two games of the playoffs.

The offense was not too shabby either. It had a healthy average of 38.2 points through 10 games last season.

Everything was going well until “it” happened.

In this case, “it” means perennial power Hawley.

D-G-F met up with Hawley and it lost 26-7 in the Class 2A sectional finals. D-G-F gave up a season-high in points. It also tied the season-low in points too.

“The success was a result of something our seniors worked for and they deserved it,” said

D-G-F coach Tony Soderberg. “It was great for them to set the example so our younger players know what it takes to be successful.

Outlook

This season could also be a numbers game. D-G-F only returns four starters, two on both sides of the ball.

Soderberg said last season’s experience showed his team that

D-G-F can achieve success. He also said this year is going to require patience.

“With a younger team, you’ve got to take things slower,” he said. “You have to make sure they know what their assignment is on each play. It means making sure they know where they are going. We are going to over communicate with them.”

Reinforcing assignments could be vital this year as D-G-F faces what is potentially a tough season.

Soderberg said Staples-Motley, which handed

D-G-F its first loss last season, is slated to be a strong team.

So is Breckenridge.

D-G-F eeked out a 7-0 win against Breckenridge last season.

“With Staples, they reload every year and they have a good quarterback,” Soderberg said. “Breckenridge is also going to be tough this year and they’re going to be tougher next year.”

Finally, there’s Hawley.

“In our section, Hawley has to be the No. 1 favorite,” he said. “Nobody has beaten them for five years. Until that happens, they are always the favorite. That is something we are looking to fix.”

– Compiled by Ryan Clark