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ELC Football Preview Midgets open season in Forest City

August 22, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

Indians were 0-9 last season, but seniors dominate line-up

By David Swartz

Managing Editor

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While Estherville Lincoln Central may have a new head coach at the helm, Ryan Rezac is no stranger to the program, serving as an assistant the past 10 years.

Following last Friday's scrimmage against Bishop Garrigan, Rezac said the team is ready for the season to start.

"We excited and ready to go for Week 1," said Rezac.

The coach took many positive aspects from the scrimmage against Garrigan.

"I thought our offensive line worked well together and played good assignment blocking," said Rezac. "Our receivers backs and quarterback were all on the same page. Defensively, the line got off the ball well and the defensive backs knew where they're supposed to."

Also, the coaches learned more about their linebacker group.

"We saw some position battles and have a good idea where we're at," Rezac said. "We've looked at the film and will clean up in the areas we need to."

ELC opens the season against a Forest Team that went 0-9 in 2017.

However, seniors dominate this year's Indian squad.

"The return 10 of 11 starters on offense and nine are seniors," said Rezac. "I'm sure they're hungry for some wins."

Forest City returns two tall players in skill positions in 6-4 quarterback Luke Johnson and 6-4 tight end Blaze Andersen. The duo connected 33 times last season for 398 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson was 109 of 210 passing for 1,1309 yards with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

"He seems very comfortable in the pocket," said Rezac of Johnson.

Rezac expects Forest City to run an offense similar to ELC's.

"Their offensive line is not the biggest, but they're good in their technique," he said. "Defensively, they get off the ball well and their linebackers do a good job of assignment football."

For ELC, the Midgets' starting offense features plenty of experience. Senior Alec Heifner received about half the snaps at quarterback last season when Evan Olesen was injured.



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