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Southern Cloud Warriors Football Preview

by Rick Hatfield

August 21, 2019

The Southern Cloud football team will have only 11 members this year, but they will be long in desire to be the best they can be.  They do have some starters coming back although they lost 6 seniors from last year’s team that made the play-offs and lost at Hanover in the 1st round.  Gone are Blake Gum, Zach Paillet, Ryan Paillet, Jacob Comstock, Kaury Stout, and Carson Bellows, all of which made large contributions to last year’s team.  Also gone are Nevyn Gold and Kaleb Mock, who chose not to return.

Returning letterman are Morgan Coleman, a 2 year starter at quarterback and linebacker, Konnor Sutton, who has played many different positions during his years with the Warriors, this year he will likely play at an end position.  Matt Paillet, a center and nose guard, Gabe Rice who can fill in at either guard or center, he also was last year’s starter at nose guard.  Evan Custer, who is probably the Warriors number 1 blocker, returns to his starting guard role and will probably play defense as well.  Tony Duggin will be expected to fill a huge role at running back/slot back.  Dusty the “Stone” Mason will return from an all-district honorable mention year as a freshman to play end, running back, and corner or safety.  Dusty will need to help fill a leadership role as well.

Additions to the team are Nick Millikan at end, Nick has really good hands and can be a main target for Warrior QB’s,  Cody MacClean who will help fill the void at running back, and Bryson Schmidt who will probably fill the void at fullback are welcome freshman additions.  Last, but certainly not least is Levi Cool, also a freshman, can play end, quarterback, and in the defensive backfield.

“Our numbers are not as good as they have been the last 2 years, but we will scrap with everybody we play.  We are early in practice, but the guys are working really hard.  The weather has been really hot and it hasn’t been easy to be out there, but we are showing some character and still working hard.  Small numbers does not mean we have to be bad.  We feel there are wins out there for us if we work hard and execute both on offense and defense.  This will be a year of true “Iron Man” football for our team.  Our guys want to get the job done. “ Quoted Southern Cloud Head Coach Rick Hatfield.

Joining Coach Hatfield this year in the coaching ranks is Julian Aramendi who  begins his 2nd year as Assistant Coach and 3rd year in the program over all, and Ryon King who played at Spearville and Dodge City Community College and graduated from Fort Hays State University.  “I am blessed to coach with 2 talented young coaches that work every day to make our program better.” Said Coach Hatfield.


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