Fred's Blog (August 2011)
DANVILLE — The roster shows 23 seniors. Last year’s total offense leader is back. So is an all-conference offensive lineman.
But it will be a new-look Danville High School football team which will open the season at 7 p.m. on Friday at Whitesell Field against Urbana. Five offensive starters are back. Just four regulars return on defense.
HOOPESTON — When 22 prospects showed up for the first day of Hoopeston Area’s football practice, second-year coach Michl Kearney decided it was time to get to work.
Besides the coaching portion of his job, he set out to expand the roster. Within a week, there were 31 Cornjerkers at practice.
MILFORD — Nate Albaugh found an advantage not available to many first-year coaches. The Milford/Cissna Park football coach already knew some of his squad members before they came to a practice.
Seniors Jake McCann, Travis McKay and Aaron Virklan were line starters for the Bearcats in 2009, when MCP was 8-2 and qualified for the playoffs. Albaugh was the head coach that fall.
DANVILLE — Schlarman High School will field a veteran football team this season.
Twelve seniors are on the roster and, overall, coach Mike High has the luxury of 14 lettermen.
He doesn’t have much else. The total turnout is 21 students. If there weren’t so many experienced players, that could be a problem.
BISMARCK — The Bismarck-Henning football team is rapidly moving up to speed.
Quickness in abundance is not a trait which coach Mark Dodd has seen among the Blue Devils during his tenure.
WESTVILLE — It’s not a stretch to say that Westville High School will field a strong football team this season.
The proof is on the weightlifting log sheets.
Two Tigers (Ryan Pinter and Nick Woods) have lifted at least 300 pounds on the bench press. They are among six squad members who gained membership in the school’s 1,000-pound club (for three lifts).
FITHIAN — Long before the parts were assigned, the script was set for the Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac football team.
The script comes in nine segments, with the possibility of an encore. The nine segments reflect the number of regular-season football games.
The parts will go to the various athletes who started preseason practice eight days ago.
SIDELL — Uncertainty is the byword at Salt Fork football practices.
On one hand, veteran head coach Brian Plotner believes that the annual Storm quest is realistic.
“Our big goal is to get into Week 10. The playoffs,” he said. “The kids have worked hard enough to be in that position to contend.”
GEORGETOWN — Experience is the first thing that’s noticeable about the Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman football team.
Sixteen of the Buffaloes’ 32 varsity prospects are lettermen.
That’s not the only place there’s experience.
Head coach Josh Cavanaugh has more than a two-day head start this year.