By William

MOUNDRIDGE – Looking to bounce back from a sub-.500 2019 season, the Moundridge Wildcat football team has a solid crew of returnees to help make for a bounce back season in 2020.

Wildcat Head Coach Jeremiah Meeks begins his four-season leading the team as they work to bounce back from a season in which they stumbled in at 4-5 and a loss in the first round of the state 8-man playoffs.

It has been a bit of a struggle for Meeks as he is only 12-25 in his first three seasons but is looking toward a solid crew of returnees to build on for a successful 2020 season.

Among those returnees being counted on will be seniors Dalton Vogts and Corbin Unruh. Vogts is a solid six-foot, three-inch, 250 pound offensive and defensive lineman who finished 2019 with honorable mention honors on offense, while Unruh begins his third season at quarterback and defensive back and is looking to improve on his 2019 season where he third season threw for 873 yards and a dozen scores while running for 445 yards and making honorable mention all-state honors. On defense Unruh also grabbed six interceptions.

“Dalton Vogts will anchor the offensive line, but he’s got some inexperience around him,” explained Coach Meeks. “He has and will be our leader up front for us and should be one of the more dominant linemen in 8-man football this season.”

When talking about Corbin Unruh, Coach Meeks continued by saying, “Corbin (Unruh) will enter his third year as our starting quarterback and will be the focal of the focal point of our offense as he made huge strides last season and turned into a very explosive playmaker. While we look to him for the leadership he gives us, he will be the hub of the offense as he is both a passing and running threat and he finished last season very strong so maybe that is an indicator of the upcoming season.”

Vogts and Unruh are not the only players returning with solid playing experience for the Wildcats as senior Jon Schlosser returns as the teams tight end and linebacker, where he managed to be named honorable mention all-state at both positions with his 447 yards receiving and five scores on offense and a whopping 67.5 tackles on defense which included 14 tackles for losses.

Senior offensive and defensive lineman Braden Schmidt, junior running back/defensive backs Garret Dougherty and Anthony Everhart also give Coach Meeks some much needed returning experience.

“Schlosser will return and be a big-time playmaker for us in the passing game while also being our best defender at linebacker,” remarked Coach Meeks. “Both Dougherty and Everhart started for us as sophomore’s in the secondary and made great strides by the end of the season. They will be looked at to continue that growth and anchor of our secondary.”

With the help of offensive line coach Courtney Moddelmog, Defensive Coordinator Bret Lange and Defensive Back Coach Josh Hubin, Coach Meeks has an established staff to continue the team’s growth from last season.

Coach Meeks concluded his pre-season reflections by summarizing the overall position of the team, saying, “Our strengths will be our skill position players and quarterback. We have a three-year starter at quarterback and are experienced with our running backs, defensive backs, and linebackers. All these players had a lot of playing time as sophomores and juniors. We return just one starter from our offensive line and this will be a spot that will take some time to develop and gel together.”

The Wildcats open their 2020 season on Friday, September 4th hosting Chase County before hosting Macksville on Friday, September 11th and then going on the road for three weeks with games at Bennington, Medicine Lodge, and Goessel. They then close out October with two home games against Attica-Argonia and Fairfield before closing out the regular season on the road at Pretty Prairie.

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