PREVIEW: Eagles set their eyes on dome again this season

The Midland High School football team and cheerleaders, first row from left: Jenna Eldred, Jordan Tjaden, Carson Markmann, Reece Vacek, Kaleb Westphal, Brayden Gravel, Ethan Milder, Dakota DeLarm, Justin Agnitsch, Rachelle Cole and Maddy Kreel. Second row: Lauryn Eganhouse, Lucas Irvin, Cayden Miller, Blane Smalley, Jon Thompson, Austin Fairley, Kole Michaud, Griffin Gravel, Ethan Paulsen, Jake Arnell, David Flores, Aaron Bixler and Lillian Strait. Third row: Elisa Manganotto, Trevor Gudenkauf, Lincoln Brandenburt, Cale Eganhouse, Sawyer Hansen, Carson Rupp, assistant coach Ryan Dodge, head coach Lennie Miller, assistant coach Zach Hebl, Austin Weinschenk, Garrett Eubanks, Wilson Buckwalter, Brennan Hall, assistant coach Levi Dosland and Anna Chase. Fourth row: Ethan Orr, Jensen Orr, Trevor Fitzpatrick, Jensen Dodge, Carter Mohr, Payton Lasack, Alex Smith, Carson Hunter, Britan Martens, Ethan Kafkan, Payton Rupp, Brett Schoenherr, Luke Lasack and Hunter Shoaff. (Photo by Pete Temple)
Hannah Gray
Express intern

     The Midland football team has a new coach this year, but what hasn’t changed is its goal of returning to the UNI-Dome, for a third straight year.

     Lennie Miller will be taking over the team this year. He has been the assistant coach at the high school and head coach at the youth level for 11 years, working as the offensive and defensive line coach.

     Assisting Miller will be coaches Eric Martens (offensive), Ryan Dodge (defensive), and Zach Hebie (wide receiver and defensive back).

     Coach Miller believes the teams’ strengths are the size, athleticism, depth and playoff experience.

     He also said that the team will have to find its “new normal” because of the coaching transitions.

     “The new players stepping in to replace graduated seniors need to be ready to play at the next level,” Miller said.

     The goal for returning to the dome is looking up for the Eagles as five previous starters will be returning and they all happen to be seniors; Carter Mohr (first team all-district), Griffin Gravel (first team), Brett Schoenherr (first team), Luke Lasack (second team) and Carsen Rupp.

     There will be a total of 44 players on the team this season. Four of those players are returning letter-winners; seniors Peyton Rupp and Ethan Orr; juniors Hunter Shoaff and Britan Martens.          

     Midland’s strongest opponents are expected to be Turkey Valley and Easton Valley.

     “I feel our system does well at bringing kids up at the right time when they are ready, so if they respond as we expect things should go very well for us,” Miller added.



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