Bombers to be more physical in 2010
The 2009 trail for the Waubun football team ended on the artificial turf of the University of North Dakota's Alerus Center.
It's a destination the Bombers would like to revisit.
But if the Bombers should make it back to the section championship game, they will be doing it a bit different than they have the last three years.
There will be a bit more diversity and versatility, which is created by some team speed, along with the usual physical game Waubun is used to playing.
"One thing is for certain, we will be playing physical football," said Waubun head coach Jason McCloskey. "The rest of it will be up to our playmakers."
The physical presence will be brought by several returners, including senior lineman Jon Brower, senior quarterback/fullback Josh Syverson and three-year starter at defensive end Tanner Voss, who will be the Bomber's "big horse" at running back.
Syverson will get the first opportunity to QB the Bomber offense, with Voss lining up behind him.
"Josh can handle the quarterbacking duties because of his experience, but sophomore Nathan Kirsch has some promise, too," McCloskey said. "Tanner Voss has the speed, along with his size (6-1, 235)."
But it will be Brower and his offensive linemates to key the Bomber offense.
The Bombers will have to take care of the ball better after being plagued by turnovers last year, but McCloskey is confident this group will be able to do just that.
The defense also should be a strong unit, with Brower anchoring the defensive line, with sophomore Cody Kologi and Syverson keying the linebacker corp.
"We may have a little bit of smaller linebackers, but they will be able to flow to the ball, along with speed to the outside to contain the edges," McCloskey said.
The defensive line will be tough up the middle with Brower leading the way, along with 6-6, 315-pound Alex Kent taking up lots of space.
Seniors Ryan Frye and Jordan McArthur will also be manning tackle positions to help move the line into the opponents' backfield.
The ends have the skills to contain the outside runs, with Voss and junior Joe Teiken providing speed and experience.
Two return in the secondary in sophomore Devin Heisler and junior Sam Lerud -- who will also see time at running back, as well.
Overall, expectations are still high, which have been created with three top-notch seasons.
"Our expectations is to get back to the Alerus Center, that's what these kids have come to expect," McCloskey added.