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Dorchester High Football Practice, 08.06.2018

Coach Brent Zoubek prepares his team for a drill at Dorchester's first football practice after not having a program of its own for the past five years.

Deshler

Mascot: Dragons

Six-man, District 2

NSAA enrollment: 27

The coach

Carson Klute

At present school: 5th year

Career record: 15-18

Season outlook

Deshler will look to build off last year's 7-2 season, which included the Dragons' first six-man playoff appearance. The Dragons will need to plug several spots, but having all-state quarterback Peyton Dubbert back will ease things. "We replace a large senior class so some guys will need to step up and play large rolls in trying to maintain the type of spread offense we run," coach Carson Klute said. Hutch Finke brings experience to the linebacker and running back positions, and Adam Roth (running back/safety) and Trenton Buescher (center/defensive end) are expected to take on bigger roles after serving as backups last year.

Returning starters

Offense: 2

Defense: 2

Peyton Dubbert, QB/LB, 6-1, 170, Sr.

Hutch Finke, RB/LB, 5-10, 175, Sr.

Spotlight player

Peyton Dubbert completed 72.5 percent of his throws last season, finishing with 2,010 yards through the air and 40 touchdowns. He also rushed for 305 yards.

Fast fact

Deshler's schedule features three teams (Eustis-Farnam, Sterling and McCool Junction) dropping from D-2, and two more first-year six-man programs (Dorchester and Lewiston).

The trophy case

Playoff appearances: 8

Last appearance: 2017

State titles: 0

The schedule

Aug. 23, Humphrey/LHF, H

Aug. 31, Wilcox-Hildreth, A

Sept. 14, Eustis-Farnam, H

Sept. 21, Dorchester, A

Sept. 28, McCool Junction, A

Oct. 5, Sterling, H

Oct. 12, Hampton, A

Oct. 19, Lewiston, H

District games in bold


Dorchester

Mascot: Longhorns

Six-man, District 2

NSAA enrollment: 21

The coach

Brent Zoubek

At present school: Seventh year

Career record: NA

Season outlook

For the first time since 2012, football returns to Dorchester. For the past four years, Dorchester co-oped with Milford to form a team, and now the Longhorns will give it a go in the six-man ranks. The Longhorns will look to build around a trio of seniors. Cole Johnson and Nathan Cochnar are tight ends and can play on the defensive line, while Jonathan Vielma is expected to be a running back and linebacker. With those players in place, Dorchester will aim to overcome its inexperience. "Six-man football will be new to our entire team, including the coaching staff," coach Brent Zoubek said. "It will be a work in progress."

Returning starters

Offense: 0

Defense: 0

Spotlight player

Jonathan Vielma, at 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds, is expected to be among the top skill-position players for the Longhorns.

Fast fact

Dorchester last played on its own Oct. 19, 2012, earning a 68-50 win against Hampton. The two schools will meet on the third week this year.

The trophy case

Playoff appearances: 7

Last appearance: 2011

State titles: 0

The schedule

Aug. 24, Walthill, H

Aug. 31, St. Edward, A

Sept. 7, Hampton, H

Sept. 21, Deshler, H

Sept. 28, Lewiston, A

Oct. 5, Heartland Lutheran, H

Oct. 12, McCool Junction, A

Oct. 18, Sterling, A

District games in bold


Lewiston

Mascot: Tigers

Six-man, District 2

NSAA enrollment: 21

The coach

Greg Iverson

At present school: 1st year

Career record: 14-12

Season outlook

Lewiston is competing in six-man for the first time. The inexperienced Tigers will lean on the leadership of senior lineman Ryan Hunt and senior quarterback Treyton Hippen. Running back Levin Meybrun and wide receivers Daniel and Abel Gonzalez are expected to step into key roles, and lineman Zach Pittman started as a freshman.

Returning starters

Offense: 2

Defense: 2

Ryan Hunt, OL/DL, 6-2, 185, Sr.

Zach Pittman, OL/DL, 5-9, 220, So.

Spotlight player

Ryan Hunt was a starter for Southern last season, and he is expected to anchor both lines this year.

Fast fact

Lewiston's players competed for Southern (Wymore) the past two seasons before dropping to six-man.

The trophy case

Playoff appearances: 14

Last appearance: 2012

State titles: 1 (2001)

The schedule

Aug. 24, Silver Lake, A

Aug. 31, Red Cloud, H

Sept. 7, Walthill, H

Sept. 21, Harvard, A

Sept. 28, Dorchester, H

Oct. 5, McCool Junction, H

Oct. 12, Sterling, A

Oct. 19, Deshler, A

District games in bold


McCool Junction

Mascot: Mustangs

Six-man, District 2

NSAA enrollment: 27

The coach

Jarrod Weiss

At present school: 14th year

Career record: 33-67

Season outlook

McCool Junction transitions to six-man football this year. "It is something our kids are excited for," coach Jarrod Weiss said. The Mustangs, who reached the playoffs last year, return most of their skill-position players, including QB Owen McDonald and running back Jaden Gonnerman. McDonald threw for 484 yards and rushed for 448 more last year. Gonnerman and junior Dana Hobbs were the team's leading receivers last year, combining for 31 of the team's 46 catches. Gonnerman and Hobbs are also the anchors on a defense that features six returning starters.

Returning starters

Offense: 5

Defense: 6

Jaden Gonnerman, B/DE, 5-8, 165, Sr.

Dana Hobbs, B/DB, 5-5, 145, Jr.

Owen McDonald, B/LB, 5-9, 155, So.

Eric Rieken, B/LB, 5-81, 50, Sr.

Dallas Briney, B/DB, 6-0, 150, Sr.

Kaden Kirkpatrick, OL/DL, 6-4, 210, So.

Spotlight player

Jaden Gonnerman is a playmaker on both sides of the ball. He finished with a team-high 127 tackles last year, and he also led the team in rushing at 52.1 yards per game.

Fast fact

McCool Junction is one of 31 schools playing six-man football this season. There were 17 six-man teams in 2015.

The trophy case

Playoff appearances: 10

Last appearance: 2017

State titles: 0

The schedule

Aug. 24, Hampton, A

Aug. 31, Humphrey/LHF, A

Sept. 7, Santee, H

Sept. 14, Silver Lake, A

Sept. 21, Sterling, H

Sept. 28, Deshler, H

Oct. 5, Lewiston, A

Oct. 12, Dorchester, H

District games in bold


Sterling

Mascot: Jets

Six-man, District 2

NSAA enrollment: 21

The coach

Brent Heusman

At present school: 1st year

Career record: 0-0

Season outlook

After struggling with depth, Sterling was among the teams to drop to six-man for the upcoming season. Coach Brent Heusman said that with the personnel coming back, the Jets are more suited for six-man football. The Jets will look to rely on their depth and speed. Logan Jasa returns at quarterback, and Cameron VanGroningen, Tristan Dirks and Sam Boldt provide options at the skill-position spots. Treygan Keeler, at 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds, is expected to anchor the offensive line. The key for the Jets will be adjusting to the six-man format.

Returning starters

Offense: 5

Defense: 5

Tristan Dirks, WR/DB, 5-5, 150

Logan Jasa, QB, 5-9, 160, Sr.

Cameron VanGroningen, WR/LB, 5-9, 155, Sr.

Treygan Keeler, OL, 6-2, 240, Sr.

Trace Dirks, RB/LB, 5-8, 165, Sr.

Sam Boldt, WR, 5-11, 145, So.

Derek Buss, DB, 5-8, 145, So.

Spotlight player

Tristan Dirks is among the Jets' top two-way players. He provides experience at wide receiver and defensive back.

Fast fact

Brent Heusman takes over as head coach for the Jets. He replaces Arlo Wusk, who guided the program for 34 seasons.

The trophy case

Playoff appearances: 22

Last appearance: 2015

State titles: 2 (1991, 1994)

The schedule

Aug. 24, St. Edward, H

Aug. 31, Walthill, A

Sept. 7, Humphrey/LHF, A

Sept. 14, Harvard, H

Sept. 21, McCool Junction, A

Oct. 5, Deshler, A

Oct. 12, Lewiston, H

Oct. 18, Dorchester, H

District games in bold

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