West Central Area/Ashby Football (Season Preview)
By Craig Olson - Barrett, MN
The 2017 West Central Area/Ashby Knights football team will be a senior led team with a lot of returning varsity experience on both sides of the ball. Head CoachJon Moore is hoping that will translate into a successful fall on the gridiron.
"We were 2-7 a year ago but played well in most games, even when we lost," recalled Moore. "We found our identity on offense which helped us prepare in the offseason."
Returning starters include seniors Ross Anderson (QB), Parker Clavin (WR/CB), Cody Fultz (TE/LB), Mason Nibbe (OL/DL), Logan Paulson (OL/DL), Brady Sabolik (RB/DB), Kore Seifert (OL/LB), Kaden Spindler (RB/WR/DB), Dawson Staples (TE/DL), John Barber (OL/LB), Austin Green (OL/DL), Brock Green (K/P/TE/DL) and Aiden Winter (OL/DB), and juniors Tanner Bennett(OL/RB/LB) and Isaiah Sykora (QB/RB/DB).
"We have many returning starters who worked hard in the offseason in the weight room and in summer practices and 7-on-7," said Moore. "They are dedicated to finding their identity as a team and willing to put in the extra work to make sure they know their assignments. They play with a chip on their shoulder and seem eager to show everyone what kind of team they can be."
New varsity prospects include juniors Ben Johnsrud (OL/DL), Scottie Johnson(TE/LB), Christian Norby (WR/RB/CB), Wyatt Olson (OL/LB), and Gavin Paulson (OL/DL), and sophomores Vinny Finkelson (WR/DB) and Devin Stone(OL/DL).
Moore, who will be assisted by Nate Wood (Offensive Coordinator), Blair Elliot(Defensive Coordinator), Eric Schoenbauer, Andy Peterson, Peter Nelson and Bill Aufdenkamp, sees Morris, Pillager and Breckenridge as teams to beat in Section 6AA.