August 19, 2018 06:16 PM
(ABC 6 News) – The Dover-Eyota Eagles haven’t put together a winning football season since 2008, and if they’re going to end that streak this fall, they’ll have to speed their way past their opponents.
The Eagles currently have five total linemen on this year’s team—head coach Brian Harris said they only have two players who weigh more than 200 pounds.
"Lack of size definitely hurts, and we may have to convert some guys to the line this year,” Harris said. “It’s all new to them. Sometimes you take a kid and give them as many reps in practice as you can. It’s nice if you can do it a year early, but we’re going to have to convert this year.”
The good news for the Eagles is they return playmakers like running backs Isaac Bushman and Marcus Otomo, and experienced wide receivers in Brady Glynn, Jack Studer, and Coleton Swee.
"I'm still kind of a speed guy and I think our speed will make up for (lack of size),” Harris said. “We've got very good skilled players. We have some three-year starters, we've got good speed. We have a lot of veterans who know what they’re doing. Our quarterback is back healthy, and we should be competitive this year.”
That quarterback who Harris spoke of is junior Brady Williams. Williams has been the Eagles’ starting varsity quarterback since his freshman season, but had a very short sophomore campaign—off of a designed screen play, Williams broke his wrist on the second play of the Eagles’ 2017 season opener at Stewartville, ending his season.
“It happens. It stinks, but it happens,” Williams said. “I can’t wait to be back out there under the lights on Friday nights. It’s going to be fun.”
The broken wrist gave Williams issues during the winter basketball season, but now he’s good to go this fall, and the Eagles are thrilled to have him back in uniform.
"It was hard for basketball because that was my shooting wrist obviously,” Williams said. “Just not being able to move it for six, seven weeks took a toll on my shot, so hopefully it won't happen again this year."
“We can score so quick with (Brady),” Harris, who is entering his 6th season as the Dover-Eyota head coach said. “We have good running backs with breakaway speed and good receivers, we just need to get the ball in their hands.”
"I'm super excited (to have Brady back),” Studer said. “He can throw it super far. He also throws it right to us, and it makes us easy for us to catch. He's my favorite quarterback I've ever played with."
The Eagles open their season versus Byron on Friday, August 31.
Updated: August 19, 2018 06:16 PM
Created: August 15, 2018 08:34 PM
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