One week to go.
Friday night marked the last before the 2009 prep football season kicks off, and area teams are tweaking and tuning in preparation for their season openers next week.
Northeast, which held a scrimmage Friday, has made two realizations this summer.
First, the Rebels still need to settle on starters in the trenches.
“That's our big question mark right now,” Northeast coach Jeremy Mosier said. “We only return two guys who started on the offensive line last year. So we’ve got to find three guys — three guys to step up. The defensive line is the same kind of thing, but that has come along much quicker than the offensive line.”
Second, senior newcomer Spencer Lueders could surprise a lot of people.
Lueders did not play in 2008 after suffering an ankle injury at a wrestling camp last summer. The Rebels will align the 6-foot-2, 195-pounder at wide receiver and middle linebacker.
“I cannot wait for other teams in the district to watch tape on him,” Mosier said. “I would love to be a fly on the wall. He's going to be an impact player. He wasn't anywhere near the program last year. It's almost like getting a good transfer student in here.
“He's going to be a dynamic player, and he's been elected a captain by his peers.”
A look at the other area schools as they head into the final week of preseason (Central DeWitt coach Kurt Kreiter and Erie-Prophetstown coach Chuck Milem were unavailable for comment):
In 35 years of coaching Rick Pogemiller has seen his share of hot, steamy August days, and he doesn’t mind that this summer’s weather has created more favorable conditions for the players. He’s not worried that it will turn them soft.
Area coaches chime in entering preseason's final week
One week to go.
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