The biggest question for the Saints is at quarterback. Senior Dalton Roland is set to pick up where Kennedy left off. M-D coach Ryan Conrad said that Roland throws the ball well. Roland proved last season that he could run with the ball when plays break down.
The schedule may prove more challenging this season for the Saints. Joining M-D in district five are Twin Cedars, Seymour, Moravia, Tri-County, Meskwaki, HLV, and Wayne. HLV dropped down from Class A, and Wayne dropped down from Class 1A. The Saints also have a late season non-district game against Lenox. The Tigers knocked off the Saints in the first round of the playoffs last fall.
“We will have some interesting games against Colo-Nesco, HLV, and Wayne,” stated coach Conrad. “Coming down from 11 man football, they will have some adjustments to make. We are excited to have the opportunity to play these schools.”
Conrad said his team is ready to go. “The boys look really good in practice. They are hungry and are working hard. We will approach the season with the attitude of “take one game at a time.” We expect to be able to compete with everyone on our schedule. Coach Jim Crozier has stressed to the boys to “never be satisfied”.
Conrad said that it is always an honor to be ranked highly, but that ranking was earned by last year’s team. Staying in the ranks will happen as long as the Saints do one thing, win.