Classic Lake preview
- Article by: Ron Haggstrom
- Star Tribune
- August 30, 2007 - 12:13 AM
(In predicted order of finish)
Coach: Brad Anderson, ninth year
The lowdown: Anderson will count on his defense, led by senior all-state linebacker Jeff Schuette, until a young offense gets in sync. QB Matt Tarpley and WR Fritz Rock will give opponents fits the next two years.
Coach: Dave Nelson, sixth year
The lowdown: The Skippers' defense limited six opponents to seven points or fewer a year ago and will be even stronger this season. Nine starters return, led by senior LBs David Goebel and Justin Rotman and junior Ismail Karon. The offense has to improve but must replace its entire backfield.
Coach: Kim Nelson, third year
The lowdown: Senior RB/LB Mike Rallis (6-2, 210) will play a huge two-way role for the Hornets. They have plenty of talent in the offensive backfield and at wide receiver but lack experience on the line and at quarterback.
Coach: John DenHartog, fourth year
The lowdown: Hopkins is coming off a state tournament appearance and has plenty of returning speed. The Royals have nine starters back, including two talented juniors in WR Montez Wilkerson (6-3, 190) and FS Marcus Williams (6-1, 170). Wilkerson averaged nearly 100 yards receiving over the last four games in 2006 and Williams had seven interceptions.
Coach: Derek Fisher, seventh year
The lowdown: The defense will have to set the tone from the outset of the season. Armstrong has seven starters returning on defense and only three on offense. An inexperienced offensive line and quarterback will make points tough to come by.
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