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Eagles full of youth and look to improve on three consecutive 4-4 regular seasons……..

The 2017 version of Allen Eagle football will be in search of returning to the playoff picture after breaking a seven year drought, in a 4-4 regular season campaign in 2016.  The Eagles finished 4-5 after losing a first round game with BDS.  The Eagles will be returning five offensive starters and five defensive starters.  The team totals 24 in number.  That is up from 19 for the 2016 season.

The Eagles, although returning five starters on both sides of the football, several who played, and will be called upon to show leadership.  Jelling as a unit will be paramount for the team to be successful.  Staying healthy the entire season will be important to develop continuity.

Lost to graduation from the 2016 season were, Cody Thomas, Garrett Brentlinger, Chase Johnson and Tayler Kumm.  Kumm and Thomas were four year letter winners, while Brentlinger and Chase were three year letterwinners.  The void will be the challenge to fill starting the 2017 season.

Again, only four seniors will be on the roster, and youth will dominate the team.

Seniors, Jacob Williams and Blake McCorkindale return as the most experienced seniors.  Williams has played extensively his first three years, and McCorkindale has seen much action his sophomore and junior seasons.  Levi Woodward could contribute to the defensive secondary early on.  Newcomer Luis Rivera, could anchor the defensive line.  All should have some kind of major impact on weekly game strategies.

 The junior class is headed by letter winners, Kyle Smith, Isaac Verzani, and Devin Twohig.  All three are returning starters either offensively, and  or defensively.  Smith is a backfield player, Verzani a returning all district honorable mention linebacker, and Twohig will be a force on the defensive line.  O.T. Roth and Jarod Lund will play in the defensive backfield and offer support to special teams.  Newcomer Wyatt Keil, is unproven to date, but could impact the defensive line.

Sophomore, Brogan Jones heads the youth movement.  He is a returning defensive and offensive starter on the line.  He will be joined by Josh Grone.  Grone will likely see action on the offensive line, and may see defensive line time also.  Noah Carr offers speed at the flanker position and will be a potential game breaker on special teams.  He too, could challenge for a defensive backfield position.  Steven Cooks is a rangy, and unproven defensive end candidate that could raise some eyebrows.  Lukas Oswald will most likely play a split end position, and Austin Gregerson on the defensive line.

Freshmen impact players are seen as a real possibility, as Anthony Isom, Kobe Kumm, and Aden Anderson, who all could and probably will see the field on a given Friday night. Isom will compete for running back and linebacker time, while Kumm has quarterbacking capabilities, Anderson will via for offensive and defensive line time.  Several other freshmen will develop and any of them on a given night will potentially end up on running on the field. 

Preseason practices will help better determine who is going to play where on both sides of the ball, and at this point, things are not definite.  The preseason will sort out and set the squad in a more definite mold as time unfolds.  Athletes are going to have to be willing to be molded into position and role players, as the Eagle talents are relatively even across the board.

The Eagles will be under the direction of head coach, Dave Uldrich, and assistants will be Marc Bathke and Zach Wemhoff.  Jason Olesen will be a volunteer assistant as well.

The Eagles open non-district with an away game against O’Neill St.Mary’s on Friday, August 25th, at 7:00 p.m.   St. Mary’s beat the Eagles last season after breaking open the game in the last half of the fourth quarter.

Randolph, Wausa, Winside, Wynot, and Emerson-Hubbard are the Class D-2 district opponents.  Elkhorn Valley and Cedar Bluffs are the two remaining non-district teams on the Eagles schedule before entering district play.  Four opponents the Eagles face in 2017 were playoff qualifiers in 2016 with good returning experience, so the schedule is not easy.

Coaches Comments: 
“We look to get better with each practice.  We, without a doubt are a work in progress, and will need to get things to get done in camp.  Hopefully, we will jell quickly, play hard and smart, and have a very enjoyable season.  We have the ability to be a fairly competitive squad, but what we do with those opportunities will be up to the team to accomplish.  The old saying, “You are as good as your seniors”, will be the challenge to our squad leadership.  We had a positive football camp experience and hope to keep that momentum alive.  If we play hard, we could be a fairly good squad, and if we do not, it will not be pretty to watch.   We hope to be playing as a confident team in November as a goal.”

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