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Junior High Football Starts Season

It was a challenging start to the season for this year’s junior high football team. Due to record high temperatures, the players were forced indoors for walk-through practices with just a helmet. Their first game against Kenesaw even had to be rescheduled to a later date because there had not been enough contact practices.

But they did officially begin the season on Tuesday, September 5, at McCool Junction. The start time of the game was pushed to 7:00 p.m. because of high forecasted temperatures.

This year the team is composed of 11 seventh graders and seven eighth graders from Heartland. Since the team co-ops with Giltner, there are 30 total players. Jordan Grantham and Erik Wetjen serve as coaches along with with James McCartney serving as the assistant coach. 

Commenting about the season, Coach Wetjen explained, “We have a fair amount of kids who saw playing time last year as seventh graders. We have decent speed and size on the line and backfield. Hopefully we can improve on our footwork at all positions. Things like tackling and blocking need to be addressed and improved upon. We have a great bunch of kids who are eager to learn, so as coaches we are excited about this coaching opportunity with these current athletes.”

The game against the Mustangs last night resulted in a 6-12 loss for the Huskies. It was followed by a quarter of play for the “B” team. 

For their next game, the team will travel to Nelson on Monday, September 11.