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HS FB Two-A-Days: Bloomer & McDonell Central

Bloomer needs to replace a talented senior class Bloomer needs to replace a talented senior class
Bloomer head coach John Post Bloomer head coach John Post
McDonell Central hopes to compete in the Cloverwood McDonell Central hopes to compete in the Cloverwood
McDonell Central junior Zach Gilles McDonell Central junior Zach Gilles
McDonell Central sophomore Alex Ohde McDonell Central sophomore Alex Ohde
 Bloomer, Chippewa Falls (WQOW) -- At just about every stop on News 18's Two-A-Day looks at high school football practices, there's been a common theme: coaches trying to make the most of the time they have with their players, prior to the season.

That's especially important at those schools that have had roster turnover, like Bloomer, the defending conference champ in the Heart O' North.  The Blackhawks have been a playoff team in four of the past five seasons, including a trip to Level 3 last year, but head coach John Post faces some new challenges in 2014.

"Well, just, things that you normally do," Post says, "that you come out and you assume you can make a call, or even drills, some of the kids that are sophomores moving up, even, they just don't know for sure what you're doing, so you spend some time explaining what we're doing.  We're a young, young group of kids, we have some nice size, lot of inexperience, we lost an awful lot of good players last year."

Post says the Heart O'North will be a stronger conference, top to bottom, in 2014.

"After winning last year with perhaps a down conference," says Post, "and we had a better than average team for us, you know, we did all right, I see, you know, I hope to be in the top half of the conference, there's going to be some really good competition this year with teams that last year were young, and this year have experience."

The Blackhawks kick off the season on Friday, August 22, when they host Somerset.

At McDonell Central, the Macks hope to be competitive in the always-rugged Cloverwood Conference.  McDonell only has three seniors on this year's roster, to go with ten juniors and thirteen sophomores.  Head coach Joe Salter says his guys might be young, but they have experience.

"Just about all those juniors have played for the last two years, on varsity, just because of the size of our teams," Salter says, "not every one of them has started, but just about every one of them has playing time, and we're hoping that that will translate into some good activity on the varsity, so, that's something we look forward to this year, because our JV team has been very successful the last couple years."

"Every single team we play it's going to be very tough," says McDonell Central junior running back/safety Zach Gilles, "just going into every game, going to have to go in positive and just play our hearts out, I guess."

"Towards the end of the year, last year, a lot of young kids got experience in some of the games at the end of the year," says Macks sophomore quarterback/defensive lineman Alex Ohde, "so I think that'll help, and get kids to know what the varsity level's like."

McDonell opens up at Owen-Withee on Friday, August 22.

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