Ongoing climb for second-year Nedrose football

Alex Eisen/MDN The Nedrose High School football team breaks out of a team huddle in a preseason scrimmage held last week in Rugby.

Started from the bottom and still climbing, it’s a fitting mantra for the Nedrose High School football team entering its second varsity season in Class A Region 3.

The Cardinals posted an unpleasant 1-7 overall record in their inaugural season with their lone win coming in a defensive gridlock against Lewis & Clark-Berthold/ORCS, 6-0.

Now, entering season two, the training wheels can start to come off.

“We know what is going on and what to expect,” Nedrose coach Tommy Weidler said. “That’s been a big thing, so going into a Friday night, we know what to expect. Now we are trying to figure out how to practice better. Practicing harder, being a little smarter and how to attack different things. We won’t be as shell shocked when starting games.”

The rushing attack for the Cardinals will be leaned on heavily. Taking a bulk of the carries will be junior Kelly Eggen and senior Duncan Pryor.

The duo will get blocking assistance from sophomore center Damian Emly and upperclassmen linemen Jarret Brekhus and Nash Hastings.

“We are just looking to continue to build off what we did last year,” Weidler said. “We got more guys out than we have ever had and we are starting to see growth. Our younger guys have now become the older guys, so we are getting more leadership out of them.”

Player growth is at the forefront, but pounding out a few surprise wins on the ground can only help the team’s morale and provide confirmation that Nedrose is trending in the right direction.

“You always have to be thinking that you are going to win every game,” Weidler said. “So, we are hoping to get as many (wins) as we can.”

Nedrose hosts Bottineau in Week 1 on Friday at 7 p.m. The Cardinals fell to the Braves 40-12 to open up last season.

Alex Eisen covers Minot State athletics, the Minot Minotauros and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @AEisen13.