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Forum staff reports, Published August 25 2013

ND Class 1A football preview capsules

Carrington

Coach: Marty Hochhalter (21st year)

2012 record: 5-4 (Played in Class 2A)

Players to watch: Ryan Indegaard, Sr., OL/DL; Seth Abaurrea, Jr., RB/DB; Jayden Hesch, Jr., OL/DL; Easton Paeper, Jr., RB/LB; Brady Smith, Jr., QB/LB; Walker Carr, Soph., RB/LB.

Coach’s comments: “There’s going to be a lot of holes to fill. We’re only returning one starter on offense and on defense. We got hit really hard by graduation last year. We’ve got a lot of inexperience starting the season off, but by the end of the season, hopefully we can play some pretty good and competitive football. That’ll depend with so many positions open.”

Schedule: Aug. 30-Harvey-Wells County, 7 p.m.; Sept. 6- Linton-HMB, 7 p.m.; Sept. 13-at Kidder County, 7 p.m.; Sept. 20-at Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm, 7 p.m.; Sept. 27-Northern Cass, 7 p.m.; Oct. 4-Milnor-NorthSargent, 7 p.m.; Oct. 11-at Hillsboro-Central Valley, 7 p.m.; Oct. 19-at Oakes, 1:30 p.m.

Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm

Coach: Jon Schiele (5th year)

2012 record: Ellendale 0-9, Edgeley-Kulm 2-7 (Both played in 9-man)

Players to watch: Mason Madke, Sr., RB; T.J. Belmore, Sr., TE.

Coach’s comments: “It’s our first year with the new co-op, so there are a lot of new things happening. Right now the backfield is our strength, but as a team we have to learn how to adjust and come together. It’s more than just moving up to 11-man.”

Schedule: Aug. 30-at Lakota-AE-Dakota Prairie, 7 p.m.; Sept. 6-at Oakes, 7 p.m.; Sept. 13-Hillsboro-Central Valley, 7 p.m. (at Ellendale, N.D.); Sept. 20-Carrington, 7 p.m. (at Ellendale, N.D.); Sept. 27-at Kidder County, 7 p.m.; Oct. 4-Linton-HMB, 7 p.m. (at Edgeley, N.D.); Oct. 11-at Northern Cass, 7 p.m.; Oct. 19-Milnor-North Sargent, 7 p.m. (at Kulm, N.D.).

Harvey-Wells County

Coach: Brad Sandy (16th year)

2012 record: 3-5

Players to watch: Mark Nyhus, Sr., QB/DB; Landon Littlefield, Sr., RB/LB; Jason Beck, Sr., OL/LB.

Coach’s comments: “We’re positive about where things are going right now. We move into a new region which will be tougher football from top to bottom, but we are excited to get on the field this year and get after it.”

Schedule: Aug. 30-at Carrington, 7 p.m. Sept. 6-at Lewis & Clark-OR. 7 p.m. Sept. 13-Rugby, 7 p.m. Sept. 20-at Surrey, 5 p.m. Sept. 27-Des Lacs-Burlington, 7 p.m. Oct. 4-at Williams County, 7 p.m. Oct. 11-Velva, 7 p.m.. Oct. 19-Bottineau, 1:30 p.m.

Hillsboro-Central Valley

Coach: Scott Olsen (4th year)

2012 record: 5-4 (Played in 9-man)

Players to watch: Gust Riemer, Sr., OL/DL; Jordy Bolstad, Sr., RB/S; Jace Stallman, Jr., FB/LB; Wyatt Schultz, Jr., OL/DL; Mikey Ochoa, Jr., OL/LB; Nick Tapson, Jr., TE/DL; Jace Higgins, Soph., RB/DB

Coach’s comments: “It’s our first year in 11-man and we are trying to figure out what to expect, but after the first few practices, things look promising. We look forward to the challenge.”

Schedule: Aug. 30-May-Port-CG, 7 p.m.; Sept. 6-Milnor-North Sargent, 7 p.m.; Sept. 13-at Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm, 7 p.m.; Sept. 20-Linton-HMB, 7 p.m. (at Buxton, N.D.); Sept. 27-at Oakes, 7 p.m.; Oct. 4-at Northern Cass, 7 p.m.; Oct. 11-Carrington, 7 p.m.; Oct. 19-at Kidder County, 7 p.m.

Mayville-Portland-CG

Coach: Michael Bradner (13th year)

2012 record: 3-5

Players to watch: Bennie Bradner, Sr., QB/DB; Josh Gapp, Jr., OL/LB; Richard Wilson, Jr., RB/DB; Levi Elliott, Sr., TE/S.

Coach’s comments: “I’m pretty pleased with our overall athleticism and our team speed. If we can stay healthy we should be pretty good. We have good depth on the offensive and defensive line. Our goal is to earn a playoff spot, and we think that is a realistic goal, but certainly a challenge we are up for.”

Schedule: Aug. 30-at Hillsboro, 7 p.m.; Sept. 6-Langdon-Munich, 7 p.m.; Sept. 13-at North Prairie, 7 p.m.; Sept. 21-Midway-Minto, 1 p.m.; Sept. 27-North Border, 7 p.m.; Oct. 4-at Lakota-AE-Dakota Prairie, 7 p.m.; Oct. 11-Larimore, 7 p.m.; Oct. 19-at Park River-Fordville-Lankin, 1 p.m.

Milnor-North Sargent

Coach: Eric Olson (9th year)

2012 record: 6-4

Players to watch: Andrew Martinson, Sr., RB/LB (all-state second team); Wyatt Mund, Sr., TE/DL; Colin Yagow, Sr., LB/RB; Dillon Morlock, Sr., RB/DB; Briton Bussman, Sr., QB/DB; Walter Wrage, Sr., OL/DL; Bryton Ciesynski, Sr., OL/DL; Daniel Ptacnik, Sr., OL/DL; Justen Kleingartner, Sr., OL/DL; Dawson Peterson, Sr., WR/DL; Clay Totenhagen, Jr., OL/DL; Chance NoonanJr., RB/DB; Ben Hanson, Jr., RB/DB; Drew Hansen, Jr., OL/DL; Dalton Yagow, Jr., OL/LB; Nick Schutt, Jr., QB/DB; Rahk Hansen, Soph., RB/LB.

Coach’s comments: “We really should be one of the top teams in the region this year. We only graduated two starters from last year, we have 19 upperclassmen and 15 started last year. There’s experience all over the field from last year.”

Schedule: Aug. 30-Lisbon, 7 p.m. (at Gwinner, N.D.); Sept. 6- at Hillsboro-Central Valley, 7 p.m.; Sept. 13-Northern Cass, 7 p.m., (at Milnor, N.D.); Sept. 20-Kidder County, 7 p.m. (at Milnor, N.D.; Sept. 27-at Linton-HMB, 7 p.m.; Oct. 4-at Carrington, 7 p.m.; Oct. 11-Oakes (at Gwinner, N.D.); Oct. 19-at Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm, 2 p.m.

Northern Cass

Coach: Dale Nordick (6th year)

2012 record: 5-4

Players to watch: Taylor Kyllo, Sr., QB/DB; Cody Springer, Soph., RB/LB; Casey Springer, Sr., RB/LB; Jerricoh Hansen, Sr., RB/LB; Isaiah Seefried, Jr., OL/DL.

Coach’s comments: “We’ve got a lot of skill people coming back off of last year’s team. With our running backs, quarterback and wide receivers we’re sitting pretty good. Where we’re hurting right now is the experience that we have up front. We lost a couple kids there from graduation, but the nice things is we’ve got eight or nine kids that are battling for those positions, and they’re all kind of closing in on each other. There’s going to be some good, competitive battles for starting spots there.”

Schedule: Aug. 30-at Maple Valley-Enderlin, 7 p.m.; Sept. 6-Kidder County, 7 p.m.; Sept. 13-at Milnor-North Sargent, 7 p.m.; Sept. 20-Oakes, 7 p.m.; Sept. 27-at Carrington, 7 p.m.; Oct. 4-Hillsboro-Central Valley, 7 p.m.; Oct. 11-Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm, 7 p.m.; Oct. 19-at Linton-HMB, 7 p.m.

Oakes

Coach: Greg Dobitz (3rd year)

2012 record: 5-3

Players to watch: Kaleb Sell, Sr., WR/CB; Cole Ehrlin, Sr., WR/LB; Geoffrey Rath, Sr., WR/S; Stephen Quandt, Sr., TE/DE; Keaton Peterson, Sr., OL/LB; Riley Scheffert, Sr., OL/DL; Scott Ketterling, Sr., OL/DL; Wyatt Beethe, Sr., OL/DB; Preston Anderson, Jr., WR/CB; Bryce Meehl, Jr., QB/CB; Eric Loepp, Jr., RB/DB; Blake Hollingsworth, Jr., RB/DB; Austin Kelly, Jr., RB/LB; Jon Praska, Jr., OL/DL; Carter Zetocha, Jr., WR/LB; Cole Kelly, Jr., OL/DL; Jed Bopp, Jr., OL/DL.

Coach’s comments: “We feel pretty good with who we bring back. We lost a few starters from last year, but we’re returning a few guys and we feel good about the guys who we’re replacing (graduates) with. We know our offensive line has to get better. From last year, we know our defense has to get better. We have to stop the run and get off blocks. I tell the team a lot that last year we lost three games by a total of 15 points and we gave up only one passing touchdown all season, so we know what we have to get better at.”

Schedule: Aug. 30-at Britton-Hecla, S.D., 7 p.m.; Sept. 6-Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm, 7 p.m.; Sept. 13-at Linton-HMB, 7 p.m.; Sept. 20-at Northern Cass, 7 p.m.; Sept. 27-Hillsboro-Central Valley, 7 p.m.; Oct. 4-Kidder County, 7 p.m.; Oct. 11-at Milnor-North Sargent, 7 p.m.; Oct. 19-Carrington, 1:30 p.m.