BISMARCK — Mark Dodd plans to emphasize his team’s strengths when the high school football season opens in three days.
Bismarck-Henning has size and experience across its offensive front.
Translation: “When you’re that big up front, that experienced and with the quality of athlete, you should be able to ground and pound,” Dodd said.
FITHIAN — Jeremy Dirksmeyer isn’t interested in putting limits on what his first Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac football team can accomplish.
“Expect more and challenge yourself,” is the mantra he has established. “We’ve preached about competing each and every day. That atmosphere provokes the best environment.”
He is trying to avoid pigeonholing his athletes into a particular position.
WESTVILLE — Things worked out just fine for the Westville High School football team last fall.
The Tigers were 7-3 in a season where they started with a veteran offensive line, but an inexperienced backfield.
Coach Guy Goodlove hopes this season plays out as well. Westville faces the opposite scenario from 2011.
GEORGETOWN — Josh Cavanaugh has an idea of what he’ll do with the quarterback position this year with his Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman football team.
“We may run plays in with them,” said Cavanaugh, in his third season as the Buffaloes’ coach.
A week into the preseason training camp, the G-RF/Chrisman cooperative team did not have a clearcut signal-caller.
SIDELL — Salt Fork’s football program is not taking its consecutive playoff streak for granted.
The Storm have qualified for the postseason 11 years in a row. If the success continues, coach Brian Plotner can point to what his athletes did to put themselves in that position.
DANVILLE — Catlin Crozier has a message for whomever wants to listen: Write about the Schlarman Hilltoppers, but don’t write them off.
“It’s going unbelievable,” the first-year Schlarman football coach said. “I couldn’t ask for better kids. They work hard, don’t complain, don’t argue. They are the true definition of a team. They help each other out.”
What happens when seven area entries win state championships AND five other entries place second?
First, it means that particular area is extremely strong.
Second, it means little chance for coverage for all of the other deserving medalists from third to nine.
Why does it work for high school coaches to work on a contract from one year to another, but not for the same principle to be applied at the college level?
OK, I'll admit it. After 3 1/2 decades covering high school athletics, I'm pretty sure I've seen it all at one time or another, even if I don't always remember the when and the where.
Hannah Deterding is one of the hidden stories within the University of Illinois volleyball team.