Colors: Red and White
Head Coach: Cody Volk (1st season)
2018 record: 4-5 (lost to Johnson-Brock in first round of playoffs)
Returning Starters: N/A
Former Husker offensive lineman Cody Volk has taken the reigns of the Pender Football program. Volk spent a year as an assistant for the Pendragons after coming over from Battle Creek.
“Oh about 8 years ago I started coaching at Battle Creek, wrestling and football there for them. And then this last year I got into teaching, and I was an assistant under Andy Welsh here at Pender. Then Andy stepped down to take another job, and I took on the head coaching role.”
Welsh took a job outside of education.
Pender returns quite a bit of talent from last year’s playoff team.
“Some of our main guys we have Dylan Vogt coming back at running back. He had close to 800 yards last year running the ball while splitting carries, he’s just a junior. We have Jaxon Mrsny, both those guys will be pretty big for us on the defensive side of the ball too. Up front we got Lucas Timm. He’ll be starting both sides of the ball, along with Jaxon Maise, and Larry McManigal, all pretty athletic guys. We do bring back Caleb Trimble back at Quarterback as well. Which last year he was kind of thrown into the fire as a freshman, but he’s put in a lot of time this summer, and really worked his tail off, and we expect big things out of him in that backfield,” Volk said.
Volk says Eric Hathaway returns as well and Colton Sanderson is expected to see playing time also.
The Pendragons said goodbye to Julius Kasiske, Jaydon Jump, Jakob Cady, Sam Mailloux, and Gabriel Perez last year.
Pender opens up the season at Winnebago on Friday. Volk discusses the keys to the game from an offensive and defensive standpoint.
“Well one defensively we have to be assignment sound in everything that we’re doing up there. We have to play fast, and we can’t be afraid to take chances on getting a turnover. Offensively, we have to take care of the ball. We want to run the ball. And we have to be sound in our technique, we have to be cognizant of the ball, and honestly we just can’t turn it over. Last year when we played them, I don’t remember the exact number, but we had quite a few fumbles in that game to where watching the film we were playing pretty well with them and then all of a sudden the turnover bug hit us, and we just didn’t recover mentally from it.”
The Indians won last year’s contest in Pender, 50-14.
Bob Jensen of the Huskerland Prep report says the Pendragons should win their fair share of games this season.
“He’s in a good place. He’s got some good players that are coming back. I don’t know that Pender’s going to be one of those teams that wins 8 or 9 games, but I think they’re going to win probably 5, maybe 6. I could see them being really competitive.”
The Pendragons have made the playoffs 4 years in a row.
2019 Pender Pendragons Football Schedule:
08/30/19 @ Winnebago
09/27/19 @ Clarkson/Leigh
10/04/19 Cedar Bluffs
10/18/19 @ Emerson-Hubbard
10/24/19 @ Omaha Christian Academy
Click here to listen to Interview with Coach Volk