Goessel gridders aim for progress

The Goessel football team will rely on these seniors and returning letter-winners for leadership this season: front row (from left)?Chase Flaming, Josh Schmidt, Matt Regier, Trevor Beisel, Miguel Guerrero; (back row)?Kenny Hammond, Jordan Griffin, Dakota Nolte, Jordan Schmucker, Luke Unruh. Janae Rempel / Free Press

The Goessel football team aims to rebound after a one-win season a year ago. Competing in 8-Man, Division I, Goessel went 1-8 in 2014, including 0-5 in the Wheat State League.

In order to find success, fourth-year coach Garrett Hiebert said the Bluebirds? top priority will be developing positive leadership and trust among teammates.

?We will not be successful if this does not happen,? he said.

Another key will be pro?gress in the weight room.

?We have to get bigger, faster and stronger if we want to reach our goals,? he said.

Eight starters return to a 21-player roster. Topping that list are three senior starters: quarterback and defensive lineman Chase Flaming (5-feet, 9-inches, 180); linebacker Matt Regier (5-7, 180); and Luke Unruh (5-10, 300) on the offensive and defensive line.

Four junior starters also return: quarterback and defensive back Josh Schmidt (5-6, 130); running back and linebacker Miguel Guerrero (5-7, 160); tight end and defensive back Trevor Beisel (5-8, 160); and Kenny Hammond (5-10, 200) on the offensive and defensive line.

Sophomore offensive lineman Jordan Griffin (6-2, 180) is Goessel?s final returning starter.

Others to watch are sophomore running back and linebacker Carson Sterk (6-0, 180) and freshman tight end and linebacker Drew Linde?man (6-2, 180).

Top WSL teams include Wakefield and Solomon, Hiebert said, with a tough non-league opponent in Central Plains.

Hiebert is optimistic for the season ahead.

?I really believe we have the potential to surprise some teams this year,? he said. ?We need to get better every day throughout the season. It will be critical that we redefine what toughness and work ethic mean for our team.?I am excited to see what we can do.?

Goessel will host Pea?body-Burns Friday to kick off the season.

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