Colors: Blue and Gold
Head Coach: Dan Maresh
2017 record: 4-5
Returning Starters: 9 on offense and defense
A lot of people are hyping up BRLD this season, and for good reason.
The Wolverines return Quarterback Will Gatzemeyer (5’9, 160), who threw for almost 1,000 yards and rushed for almost 600 with 6 TD’s last season.
Junior Kobe Lyons (5’10, 190) is expected to start at running back while senior Bradley Marr (5’6, 145) is expected to contribute as well.
Lucas Vogt (5′ 10, 160 SO WR) returns at wide receiver for BRLD as does Darwin Snyder (5’10, 150 JR).
The line consists of senior Dustin Burgett (6’0, 250), All-District Senior Guard Seth Totten (6’1, 280), Nick Ronnfeldt (6’3, 240 SR), Parker Paulson, Luke Kramer (6’0, 240), Jaxon Johnson (6’4, 235), and Sophomore Derek Peterson (5’9, 185).
Johnson, Burgett, Totten and Ronnfeldt will help make up the defensive line for the Wolverines. Peterson, Lyons, and Paulson will see action at linebacker, and Vogt, Gatzemeyer, and Snyder will help make up the defensive backfield.
Big losses from last year’s team include Jacob Zuhlke and Tyler Kroger.
Top newcomers include running backs Lucas Ronnfeldt and Theodore Smith as well as freshman lineman Tyler Vavra.
Head Coach Dan Maresh says there was good commitment to the weightroom in the offseason on the players’ part., and says they took part in 7 on 7, went to SMSU In Minnesota for a team camp.
Bob Jensen of the Huskerland Prep Report says the Wolverines will be tough up front. “BRLD has got some tremendous size in the line. Kids like Dustin Burgett and Seth Totten, big people. And they’ve got a playmaker at Quarterback in Will Gatzemeyer. They won 4 games last year. And I’m going to be honest with you…on one hand I can maybe count teams that I’ve heard more about than BRLD. From opposing coaches, people who expect the team to break through. And I do…I think the Wolverines are a Top 10 Team.”
Jensen expects BRLD to make the playoffs.
BRLD is looking for big things this season.
The Wolverines open up the season at home on Friday against Hartington Cedar Catholic.
Maresh says the Wolverines are concerned about the running back and a 3-year lineman for the Trojans.
The lineman is Rex Becker and the running back is Jacob Keiser.
Hartington Cedar Catholic won last year’s game 42-6.
Maresh says his squad has to take things one game at a time. “We’ll have to make sure we’re ready to play every week. And hopefully we can stay on top of some injuries and get some good luck through there, and just survive each week. And just can’t look ahead to anybody.”
The Wolverines are in District C2-2 with Oakland-Craig, Fremont Bergan, Yutan, Tekamah-Herman, and Louisville.
Maresh says it’s a tough district. “Yeah with Oakland and Bergan those two teams always have great tradition. Just every year you know they’re going to give you one heck of a ball game. So we know we have to prepare for them, and then everybody else in the district too. There’s just no nights off.”
2018 BRLD Wolverines Football Schedule:
08/24/18 Hartington Cedar Catholic
08/31/18 @ Ponca
09/07/18 @ Crofton
09/14/18 Norfolk Catholic
09/28/18 @ Tekamah-Herman
10/12/18 Archbishop Bergan
10/19/18 @ Oakland-Craig