The 2017 football season is officially here. Wednesday August 9th was the first day of practice for the Killdeer Cowboys. Lou Dobitz, head coach of the Cowboys since 2009, is entering his 9th year of coaching and says that he is really looking forward to this season, despite a low turnout as opposed to previous seasons.
By Bryan Katz
The return of some key players on the offensive and defensive lines as well as a returning quarterback and most of their defensive backs give strong hope to a promising season. Coach Dobitz and the Killdeer Cowboys have full awareness that this season will be a difficu lt one, especially with the addition of Beulah and Trinity from class AA to A being placed in their region – you can bet the Killdeer Cowboys will be fighting all season long to earn a spot in the 2017 playoffs.
“Offensively, we will need to be able to run the ball behind seniors Liam McFadden, Cody Bryant and Patrick Williams and juniors Michael Moreno, Payton Pavlenko, Ryan Zastoupil and Zane Pittsley. There may also be some sophomores stepping in on the offensive line. We also need to use the strength of senior, Alex Sadowsky’s arm at quarterback. We will have several lining up in the backfield to carry the ball this year: senior Cole Dukart, junior Riley Reiss, Dylan Tabor, or sophomore Kadin Nodland. Seniors Garrett LeMieux and Dawson Schmeling return at TE/WR and we expect them to catch some balls for us as well as be good blockers for us on the perimeter. Junior. Kacen Gartner will see some balls thrown his way as well.
Defensively, we will need to not allow big plays from our opponents. Every team in our region has explosive players. Hopefully we can contain them. We return McFadden as a defensive lineman, he led our team with 10 tackles for loss last season, and LeMieux at outside linebacker, but a good number of our returning team members played defensively and played well. Our secondary has a little more experience and hopefully they can help keep big plays from happening. Dukart, Reiss and Gartner all return in the secondary. Our greatest need will be to find starting linebackers early in the season.”
These stats were given to us in a briefing by Head Coach Lou Dobitz Wednesday afternoon. While the Dunn County Herald caught the tail-end of the first day of practice, we look forward to watching this team propel their way to victory this season with the entire community of Killdeer behind them.