August 25, 2019 06:47 PM
(ABC 6 News) - From the size of their team to their new starting quarterback, the Lanesboro Burros are building on change this season.
The Burros are getting ready for another year in 9-man football, but this season will be a little different as their roster features over 35 players, which is a big jump from the last few years.
"It's more of a team atmosphere I think for us this year," head coach James Semmen said. "We only have two seniors, we may get a third out, but we only have two seniors have really taken the leadership role really well and they're really getting the kids motivated."
According to Coach Semmen, most of the team's skilled positions are back this season, except for their QB. But that role was filled by a player who battled his way back from two knee injuries.
"Our quarterback this year tore his ACL in 7th and 8th grade so really this is the first experience he's had in football in a long time," Coach Semmen said.
Sophomore Seth Semmen, son of the Burros head coach, will lead the team this season. Between his injuries, Semmen was out for almost three years and said it was really frustrating being down that long.
"Coming back, you have to work on strength a lot," Seth said about his recovery process. "It's patience, it's waiting, being told no and no you can't do this, can't do that. It was a little frustrating."
Back on the gridiron, Semmen said he is looking forward to getting back to the swing of things, but knows there will be challenges, something the coaching staff is working on.
"I guess we are trying to ease him into it a little bit," Coach Semmen said. "That's why we are trying to run combo quarterbacks at the same time, but we're trying to ease him in making sure he's got his feet under him and he feels comfortable with everything."
For one of the two seniors on the team, it's been neat seeing a younger QB take control of the offense.
"He's been a really good motivator; he's been talking a lot to the younger guys," Trevor Atkinson said. "He's only a sophomore so it's pretty cool to see a sophomore challenge seniors, challenge juniors."
For Semmen, this comeback is something he isn't taking lightly.
"I definitely think I'm lucky to play," Seth expressed. "I know there's many who can't play because of more serious injuries. So, I'm just very thankful right now that I can play."
The Burros open their 2019 season on Friday, Aug. 30, against Mabel-Canton.The game is set for 7 p.m. in Mabel.
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