Hornets look to build through season
The 2011 season will be one of progression for the young Frazee Hornets, who lost the majority of their team to graduation last spring.
But the talent is there for head coach Jim Rader's squad, which will have to earn their experience through the first couple of weeks of the season.
"We don't have a lot of experience back, so our goal is to start gaining some experience and by the last half of the season, we'll be ready to roll," Rader said. "I think by the time playoffs come along, we should have a good shot."
The Hornets do have four senior captains returning, all who started on last year's team, who include Dan Janu, Rij Koehnen, Cody Piper and Rick Brandt.
Frazee has four additional seniors in John Sandberg, Dakota Zick, Tyler Hansen and Jake Galbrecht.
The entire offensive line was a part of the 2010 senior class, so there are plenty of holes to fill up front.
Junior Brett Gildersleeve will anchor the line at center, along with Brandt at one of the tackle positions.
There will be up to six or seven other Hornets competing for playing time for the rest of the positions, so depth is strong across the line.
"We have plenty of 200-plus pound linemen, who are tough," Rader said. "They are younger kids, but they are working their butts off to get better."
Junior Baxter Bachmann is back at quarterback, after starting as a sophomore. Janu will also take some snaps, as well.
"Baxter is more of a rushing quarterback, but he is getting better with his passing," Rader included. "He's a really slippery runner with decent speed."
The Hornets will need to replace the majority of their rushing yards from last year, with Piper bringing back the most experience at running back.
"He can run between the tackles and his vision is very good when he hits the perimeter, as well," Rader said of Piper."
Koehnen will also see some rushes from his wing position, while three to four other players will be vying for carries, as well.
Janu will be a big target for Bachmann, especially in the red zone, where the tall tight end will have the height advantage over the majority of the defensive backfield.
Other receivers include juniors Zach Nelson, Tyler Ziegler and Cody Nordquist.
"We'll be more balanced than the last two years with a little more passing," Rader said.
Sandberg (defensive line), Brandt (linebacker) and Piper (defensive backfield) will be keys to the Frazee defense, along with Koehnen, who returns to his cornerback position.
"Our defense will be physical, although we're not as big, we are faster," Rader added. "Overall, the team speed is better."
The Section 8-2A will be as competitive as it has been in quite sometime, with Barnesville coming in, along with Hawley and Pelican Rapids being traditional powers.
# Name Pos Grade
1 Bruce Lemon RB 11
2 Cody Piper RB 12
5 Colton Olson WR 9
9 Baxter Bachmann QB 11
12 Matt Tangen QB 9
15 Tyler Wacker RB 11
18 Cory Wokasch QB 10
20 Zach Nelson WR 11
22 Cody Nordquist RB 11
24 Jesse Miosek RB 11
25 Austin Torma FB 9
27 Jacob Galbrecht RB 12
28 Jared Sherman WR 11
30 Erik Moltzan RB 11
31 Matt Hanebuth RB 9
32 Rij Koehnen RB 12
36 Jesse Trusty RB 10
38 Josh Wurst WR 9
40 Dalton Utke WR 11
42 Hesston Bachmann RB 9
45 Casey Johnson WR 9
51 Evan Wendt OL 11
52 Dakota Zick OL 12
54 Ryan Wokasch OL 10
55 McKalen Hedlund OL 10
58 Blake Bachmann OL 11
59 Rick Brandt OL 12
60 Brett Gildersleeve OL 11
61 Calvin Streeper OL 9
62 Martin Thorp OL 11
63 Garrett Malstrom OL 9
64 Roger Thorp OL 9
65 Ryan Brandt OL 10
68 Kyle Sprouls OL 9
70 John Sandberg OL 12
71 Tyler Hansen OL 12
77 Craig Weber OL 9
79 Brandon DeGroat OL 10
81 Dan Janu WR 12
82 Tyler Ziegler WR 11
84 Matt Daggett WR 9
85 Nathan Starry RB 10
87 Grant Overland WR 10
89 Brady Bellefeuille WR 9
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