Today in our prep football previews, we take a look at pair of Dunn St. Croix teams in Elk Mound and Colfax.
For Elk Mound, it is a season of change. As Dan Pederson has retired and David Lew has stepped in as they new head coach.
Lew inherits a Mounders squad that went 8-2 overall last season on their way the top spot in the ultra competitive Dunn-St.Croix conference.
System wise, there shouldn't be much of a change for the Mounders..and that has made the transition of coaches much easier.
"It's been a good process, we have great senior leadership, we have great kids here in Elk Mound," says coach, David Lew. "They made it pretty easy for us and the system is pretty much the same , it's all been really good, a good process."
I think everybody is going to miss Coach Pederson, but it is nice having Coach Lew step up. It's not that big of a change because we have been around Coach Lew a lot he's been coaching here for I don't know how many years, but it has been quite a bit," says senior Adam Gottschalk.
Just down the road in Colfax, the Vikings are hoping for a turnaround after finishing the season 2-7 last year and 0-6 in the Dunn St. Croix.
The Vikings have a good corp of seniors returning including Ethan Kiekhafer who makes the move from receiver to running back.
The Vikings are banking on the their upper classmen to help them improve the position in the standings this upcoming season.
"The kids that we have out, our numbers are a little down this year, but the kids we have out know football," says coach Mark Maloney. "It's been a little easier to get them rockin' and rollin' . The experience is going to payoff big time."
"We are gong to be physical every game, we're going to have to be physical. Hopefully the older people and the upper classmen that have that kind of experience should help us int he games," says senior running back Ethan Kiekhafer.
Although we have a small team than we usually do, I think we are more well rounded. Everybody has been working hard this summer and I think we are going to have a really good year," says senior running back Noah Pretasky.