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Forum staff reports, Published August 25 2013

ND Class 2A football preview capsules

Central Cass

Coach: Patrick Metzger (7th year)

2012 record: 4-5

Players to watch: Kyle Schultz, Sr., QB/DB; Ryan Nelson, Sr., WR/DB; Adam Breske, Jr., WR/DB; Connor Rieniets, Sr., OL/DL (all-state second team); Kyle Ueland, Sr., OL/DL; Jacob Geritz, Sr., TE/LB; Titus Doboyou, Sr., WR/DB; Luke Morris, Sr., TE/LB; Jaden Lemar, Jr., OL/LB; Chandler Hersch, Jr., RB/LB; Lane Berg Jr., RB/LB; Alex Geritz, Jr., OL/DL; Devin Rehovsky, Jr., OL/DL.

Coach’s comments: “After losing 15 seniors, many of which were major contributors, we have lots of holes to fill on both sides of the ball. We’ll be a fairly young group with only seven seniors. We’ll need to play more consistently game to game.”

Schedule: Aug. 30-Griggs-Barnes County, 7 p.m.; Sept. 6-at Beulah, 7 p.m.; Sept. 13-Kindred, 7 p.m.; Sept. 20-at Enderlin-Maple Valley, 4 p.m.; Sept. 27-at Wahpeton, 7 p.m.; Oct. 4-Grafton, 7 p.m.; Oct. 11-at Fargo Shanley, 7 p.m.; Oct. 19-at Lisbon, 1 p.m.; Oct. 25-Valley City, 7 p.m.

Enderlin-Maple Valley

Coach: Mason Hoots (1st year)

2012 record: 7-2 (Played in Class 1A)

Players to watch: James Richman, Sr., WR/DE; Brady Behm, Sr., OL/DE; Dacotah McDough, Sr., RB/LB; Jason Rowell, Sr., OL/DL; Luke Puhr, Sr., OL/DL; Quinten Gibson, Sr., WR/LB; Austin Dixon, Sr., WR/S; Dan Lindgren, Sr., WR/CB; Dylan Claus, Sr., OL/DL; Jared Kittleson, Sr., TE/S; Blake Berg, Sr., OL/DL; Brandon Boopre, Sr., OL/DL; Corby Richman, Jr., RB/LB; Eliot Preston, Jr., OL/LB.

Coach’s comments: “Things are looking pretty good. We return a lot of skill position players and an all-state left tackle. Ideally we’d love to make the playoffs, but it’s going to be tough because we haven’t seen a lot of the teams we play this year play before. We’re looking to compete on a regular basis every single game.”

Schedule: Aug. 30-Northern Cass, 7 p.m. (at Buffalo, N.D.); Sept. 6-at Griggs-Barnes County, 7 p.m.; Sept. 13-at Fargo Shanley, 6 p.m.; Sept. 20-Central Cass, 7 p.m. (at Buffalo, N.D.); Sept. 27-at Valley City, 7 p.m.; Oct. 4-Lisbon, 7 p.m. (at Enderlin); Oct. 11 Grafton, 7 p.m. (at Enderlin, N.D.); Oct. 19-at Kindred, 1 p.m.; Oct. 25-at Wahpeton, 7 p.m.

Fargo Shanley

Coach: Rod Oksendahl (3rd year)

2012 record: 10-2 (state champions)

Players to watch: Chase Montplaisir, Sr., QB (all-state first team); Peter Simon, Sr., RB/LB; Blake McGovern, Sr., WR/DB; Jordan Schaefbauer, Sr., OL/DL; Trent Kelsch, Sr. TE/DE; Thomas Indegaard, Sr., RB/LB; Patrick Strom, Sr., P/K; Tre Fort, Jr., WR/DB; Alex Berg, Jr., TE/LB; Danny Stasch, Jr., RB/LB (all-state first team); Alex Conner, Jr., RB/DB; Nick Kjera, Jr., OL/DL; Kelvin Caga, Jr., TE/DE.

Coach’s comments: “We have a pretty good nucleus of players returning this year. We have probably six or seven starters back offensively and some on defense. It’s always our goal to win the region first of all and get home-field advantage and then get as far as we can in the playoffs.”

Schedule: Aug. 30-at Bismarck St. Mary’s, 8 p.m.; Sept. 6-Fargo North, 7 p.m.; Sept. 13-Enderlin-Maple Valley, 6 p.m.; Sept. 20-at Grafton, 7 p.m.; Sept. 27-at Kindred, 7 p.m.; Oct. 4-Wahpeton, 7 p.m.; Oct. 11-Central Cass, 7 p.m.; Oct. 19-at Valley City, 5 p.m.; Oct. 25-Lisbon, 7 p.m.

Griggs-Barnes County

Coach: Davy Zinke (3rd year)

2012 record: 1-8

Players to watch: Tim Erker, Jr., QB/DB; Jaydon Grover, Soph., QB/DB; Conner Eberle, Sr., WR/DB; Wyatt Steckler, Sr., RB/DE; Hunter Engel, Jr., RB/DB; Beau Beattie, Jr., RB/LB; William Gerntholz, Sr., WR/DB; Derek Eberle, Sr., OL/DL; Justin Hanson, Jr., OL/DL; Andy Haugen, Sr., C/DE; Ezr Grotberg, Sr., OL/DL

Coach’s comments: “I feel that our expectations are pretty high. It’s a whole different region again, so you’re really not going to know what you’re getting into, because we have to travel a long ways. I feel like the squad is (running) high and ready to go. In my third year, I think there will be some good changes.”

Schedule: Aug. 30-at Central Cass, 7 p.m.; Sept. 6-Enderlin-Maple Valley, 7 p.m. (at Valley City State University); Sept. 13-at Dickinson Trinity, 8 p.m.; Sept. 21, Watford City, 2 p.m. (at Cooperstown, N.D.); Sept. 28-at Stanley-Powers Lake, 2 p.m.; Oct. 4-Beulah, 7 p.m. (at Cooperstown, N.D.); Oct. 11-Minot Ryan, 7 p.m. (at Cooperstown, N.D.); Oct. 19-at Bismarck St. Mary’s, 2 p.m.; Oct. 25-Turtle Mountain, 7 p.m. (at Cooperstown, N.D.).

Kindred

Coach: Cody Kittelson (4th year)

2012 record: 3-6

Players to watch: William Moffet, Sr., WR/DB; Scott Cramer, WR/DB; Eric Bachmeier, Sr., QB/DB (all-state first team); Nick Freitag, Sr., WR/DB; Fletcher Andel, Jr., QB/DB; Levi Vangsness, Jr., RB/LB; Jordan Staton, Jr., WR/DB; Tyson Tallakson, Jr., RB/LB; Justin Chase, Sr., OL/DL; Devin Miller, Sr., OL/DL; Brandon Weidner, Sr., OL/DL; Charlie Plankers, Sr., OL/DL (all-state second team); Alec Braaten, Jr., OL/DL.

Coach’s comments: “Our biggest team strength will be team speed. Most of the guys returning to the team were members of Kindred’s track and field team that took second at state last spring, so we will be utilizing that speed as much as possible. Our offensive line will be anchored by Charlie Plankers, who has become a great lineman for us the last couple of seasons. Our defensive line is one of the most athletic groups I’ve had in my time at Kindred.”

Schedule: Aug. 27-West Fargo JV, 7 p.m.; Sept. 6-at Minot Ryan, 6 p.m.; Sept. 13-at Central Cass, 7 p.m.; Sept. 20-at Lisbon, 7 p.m.; Sept. 27-Fargo Shanley, 7 p.m.; Oct. 4-at Valley City, 7 p.m.; Oct. 11-at Wahpeton, 7 p.m.; Oct. 19-Enderlin- Maple Valley, 1 p.m.; Oct. 25-Grafton, 7 p.m.

Lisbon

Coach: Mark Moss (4th year)

2012 record: 3-6

Players to watch: Dylan Urbach, Sr., QB/DB (all-state first team); Joe Nelson, Sr., RB/LB; Jenner Manske, Sr., RB/DB; Isaac Peasley, Sr. OL/DL; Wyatt Smith, Sr., OL/DL; Tyler Smith, FB/LB; Brenner Stotts, Sr., OL/DL; Jason Anderson, Sr., TE/DL; Klay Oland, Sr., WR/DB; Austin Sagvold, Sr., OL/DL; Rodd Hopkins, Sr., OL/DL; Grant Johnson, Sr., WR/DB; Gage Holmstrom, Sr., RB/DL; Brady Matheny, Jr., OL/DL; Colton Fleck, RB/DB; Ben Peasley, Jr., OL/LB.

Coach’s comments: “We’re hoping to get back to the playoffs; it’s been a couple of years. We have a little experience from last year, but for us to get back defensively we’re going to have to do well. The key to our team is running the ball and playing good defense.”

Schedule: Aug. 30-at Milnor-North Sargent, 7 p.m.; Sept. 6-Bismarck St. Mary’s, 7 p.m.; Sept. 13-Wahpeton, 7 p.m.; Sept. 20-Kindred, 7 p.m.; Sept. 27-at Grafton, 7 p.m.; Oct. 4-at Enderlin-Maple Valley, 7 p.m.; Oct. 11-Valley City, 7 p.m.; Oct. 19-Central Cass, 1 p.m.; Oct. 25-at Fargo Shanley, 7 p.m.

Valley City

Coach: Scott Roehrich (7th year)

2012 record: 6-4

Players to watch: Jesse Hass, Sr., OL/DL (all-state second team); Dustin Lindgren, Sr., RB/LB.

Coach’s comments: “We’re going to be a lot younger football team, so it’ll be fun to see how the young kids progress this year. Our team speed will be better than it was last year, but we’re pretty inexperienced. We’ll have to see how things shape up.”

Schedule: Aug. 30-Dickinson, 7 p.m.; Sept. 6-at Dickinson Trinity, 6 p.m.; Sept. 13-Grafton, 7 p.m.; Sept. 20-at Wahpeton, 7 p.m.; Sept. 27-Enderlin-Maple Valley, 7 p.m.; Oct. 4-Kindred, 7 p.m.; Oct. 11-at Lisbon, 7 p.m.; Oct. 19-at Fargo Shanley, 5 p.m.; Oct. 25-at Central Cass, 7 p.m.

Wahpeton

Coach: Brian Dokken (4th year)

2012 record: 7-3

Players to watch: Brock Lingen, Sr., RB/LB (all-state second team); Mike Dassenko, Sr., OL/DL; Jack Christensen, Sr., QB/LB; Kameron McNary, Sr., WR/DB; Brandon Wixo, Sr., RB/LB; Hunter McCall, Sr., OL/DL; Spencer Edwardson, Sr., OL/LB; Carson Zarak, Soph., QB/DB; Mike Poppen, Jr., WR/LB; Jamer Yaggie, Jr., QB/DB; Austin Krause, Jr., RB/LB; Zach Bellmore, Jr., WR/DB; Blaze Irwin, Jr., WR/DE; Nate Albrecht, Jr., OL/DL; Jon Sauer, Sr., OL/DL; Ryan Matejcek, Jr., OL/DL

Coach’s comments: “We feel that we are pretty deep at our skill positions this year. We have a lot of players that have the ability to play at the running back and receiver positions. We are still trying to find some depth on our offensive and defensive line. The good thing is we have some guys that have been sitting around the last couple of years itching to prove what they can do on the field.”

Schedule: Aug. 30-at Breckenridge (Minn.), 7 p.m.; Sept. 6-Turtle Mountain, 7 p.m.; Sept. 13, at Lisbon, 7 p.m.; Sept. 20-Valley City, 7 p.m.; Sept. 27-Central Cass, 7 p.m.; Oct. 4-at Fargo Shanley, 7 p.m.; Oct. 11-Kindred, 7 p.m.; Oct. 19-at Grafton, 7 p.m.; Oct. 25-Enderlin-Maple Valley, 7 p.m.