The Melcher-Dallas football team will open the 2012 football season ranked second in eight man football. The Saints will face an early test when they open at Colo-Nesco tonight (Friday, August 17). The Royals played in Class A last season, but dropped to eight man this season. Colo-Nesco was 1-8 in 2011.
Melcher-Dallas went 9-1 last season and they return all but three players. Gone are linemen Deven Breese and Eric Brown and quarterback Trent Kennedy. Breese suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first game of the season. Brown was a part time starter on the offensive line.
The Saints will have to find a replacement for Kennedy. He threw for 17 touchdowns and ran for another nine last season. If the Saints can find a capable replacement for Kennedy, they will be hard to beat.
M-D returns 11 seniors and seven sophomores off of last year’s team. Seniors returning include all-state lineman Ross Dawson, Kenneth Wadle (WR-DB), Trent Flesher (RB-LB), Dalton Roland (QB-DB), Cody Alexander (TE-DB), Tory Schneider (OL-DL), Daniel Clark (OL-DL), Brad Alexander (OL-DL), Nick Williams (OL-DL), Austin Starckovich and Jered Johnston.
Sophomores returning are Jacob Hoch (FB-LB), Chase Wetterling (WR-DB), Brock Breese (OL-DL), Ty Schneider (OL-DL), Kale Chritchlow (OL-LB), Alex Mitchell and Chris Davis.
Flesher was an integral part of last season’s offensive. He ran for 1,476 yards, while scoring 18 touchdowns. Wadle kept the opponent’s defense honest because he was always a threat to catch a pass. He was one of the top receivers in the state last season with 60 receptions, for 874 yards and 17 touchdowns. Dawson led the team in tackles, with 118. He had 29 tackles for loss. Dawson also caught three touchdown passes as a guard eligible lineman. Jacob Hoch is back at fullback and the entire line returns.