Colors: Blue and Gold
Head Coach: Dan Maresh
2018 record: 8-3 (lost to Centennial in State Quarterfinals)
Returning Starters: N/A
The BRLD Football Team returns quite a few players from last year’s 8-3 State Quarterfinal Playoff team. Head Coach Dan Maresh says that includes Will Gatzemeyer and Jaxon Johnson.
“We return a lot of our skill positions. It starts with Will Gatzemeyer at Quarterback and Safety for us. He’s been a leader there for a long time and really excited to have him back run our offense and being back there on our defense. And then it goes Jaxon Johnson, who’s been a player for us for 4 years. This will be his 4th year starting. And on the offensive side of the ball always a big target for Will, great blocker for us. And then on the defensive side of the ball he kind of stops people from running his direction.”
Maresh says the Wolverines return two players on the offensive line in Luke Kramer and Tyler Vavra.
Other returners include Kobe Lyons at running back and linebacker/defensive end, Wide Receiver Lucas Vogt, and Dylan Beutler.
Maresh says senior Braxton Bargmann should see a lot of playing time as well at wide receiver and possibly cornerback.
Top newcomers include Derek Petersen and Luke Ronnfeldt, according to Coach Maresh.
The Wolverines said goodbye to Jackson Beaudette, Ryan Payton, Bradley Marr, Dustin Burgett, Nick Ronnfeldt, Mo Hawk, Seth Totten, and Nathaniel Sears last year.
BRLD is looking for a spectacular campaign. Bob Jensen from the Huskerland Prep Report has the Wolverines ranked #1 in C-2, and says BRLD is loaded.
“I have a lot of faith in Will Gatzemeyer. Will Gatzemeyer to me is the biggest playmaker in C-2, maybe in all of C Football period. Kid like Jaxon Johnson is great. Anybody who saw the Vogt kid last year at State basketball realizes how hard it is to guard that kid, cover that kid. And their line’s going to get a little makeover, but man they’ve got a lot of firepower.”
BRLD opens up the season on Friday at Hartington Cedar Catholic. Maresh says that doesn’t figure to be an easy game.
“We were kind of fortunate last year, they were young, and we caught them very early in the season. Were able to jump out to a big lead. Then they came on even during our game by the second half, were playing much better. And then you looked at their scores the rest of the year they really developed into a nice football team as the season went on.”
The Wolverines won last year’s game 48-22.
2019 BRLD Wolverines Football Schedule:
08/30/19 @ Hartington Cedar Catholic
09/20/19 @ Norfolk Catholic
09/27/19 @ Yutan
10/11/19 @ Louisville
10/18/19 @ Archbishop Bergan