Tom Mix, Published August 28 2012
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton football preview
But when injuries hit, the Rebels lost three straight games with starting running back Taylor Beyer sidelined four weeks with a concussion.
“We were plagued by a lack of depth and the injury bug,” D-G-F coach Tony Soderberg said. “That cost us a couple of games.”
Three of the Rebels’ four losses in the regular season were by a combined eight points. D-G-F’s season ended in the Class 2A, Section 8 playoffs with a
26-14 loss to Bagley.
With a new year comes a new class for the Rebels.
D-G-F moves up to Class 3A from 2A, but Soderberg said he isn’t worried about the transition.
The Rebels play in the Heart O’Lakes football conference, which includes a collection of 2A and 3A teams. The schedules the Rebels played the last several years included several 3A programs.
“It is not going to be anything new,” Soderberg said. “In fact, the last four years in the regular season we beat the team that won the 3A, Section 8 championship.”
This fall, the Rebels will be a relatively young team, with only seven seniors.
The Rebels’ offensive and defensive lines have been areas with the most turnover and Soderberg said they will be a work in progress.
“We are going to have pretty good depth across the board,” Soderberg said. “For offensive and defensive linemen, we are going to have to rely on our junior and sophomores.”
D-G-F returns most of its experience in the backfield. Seniors Beyer, Derek Johnk and Cole Sogge as well as junior Chad Johnson look to be a potent rushing attack.
The quarterback position will be a rotation of senior Jordan Poehls and junior Zach Nelson.
“It might be a rocky start to the season, but we will be getting better each game once those kids get a little more experience,” Soderberg said. “The junior and sophomore classes that we have are pretty big and there are some good players there. It’s just whether they are going to be mentally and physically ready for the varsity game.”