NORTH FREMONT HUSKIES
Head coach: Ben Lenz, fifth season
Returning starters: 8 (4 offense, 4 defense)
Last year: 6-4, lost to Nampa Christian in 2A quarterfinals
Impact player: Senior quarterback Stockton Dye — Although a shoulder injury makes the date ofhis first game uncertain, Lenz is confident Dye will be back soon enough to lend his experience toan otherwise young team. Lenz said the three-year starter could also possibly play wide receiveror running back. “Regardless, he’s gotta have the ball in his hands,” Lenz said. “He’s a playmaker.”
Season outlook: Getting healthy and gaining experience are Lenz’s biggest priorities this fall. TheHuskies graduated their entire backfield. Among them were running backs Michael Mower andTanner Oberhansley, the latter of whom rushed for a career school record 4,417 yards. Dye andtwo other upperclassmen are injured at the moment.
On a team with six seniors and two juniors, young players will have roles to fill right away.
“We’re gonna have to anticipate some growing pains with those young kids,” Lenz said. “Early on,it’s just a matter of if they can hold their own and get confidence little by little. It’s just a matterof how fast they grow up and how willing they’re able to take on the task of heading into varsitygames when they’re so young.”
Lenz said his players are well conditioned after hitting the weight room hard in the offseason, butcontributions from experienced upperclassmen will be especially valuable. Among those vets aresenior running back Shawn Bell, whom he anticipates to fill Oberhansley’s vacancy, senior tightend/defensive end Rhet Clark, who won the 2A state wrestling title at 152 pounds in February,senior offensive guard/linebacker Jordan Sharp, the defending 2A state runner up wrestler at 170pounds and senior offensive tackle/nose guard Gus Henry, whom Lenz praised for his strength onboth sides of the ball.
Where they go, the younger players will go.
“I think their experience alone in and of itself is huge,” Lenz said. “Their leadership will have a bigimpact on whether those kids grow. Take one day at a time and carry on a tradition at NorthFremont that I feel we’ve had in the past.”
Aug. 26 at Filer, 7 p.m.
Sept. 2 vs. Teton, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 at Aberdeen, 7 p.m.
Sept.16 at Malad, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 vs. West Jefferson*, 7 p.m.
Circle this date: The Nuclear Conference championship has come down to North Fremont andWest Jefferson the last two seasons. As the Huskies’ conference opener, it will provide a big test asthe season enters its second half.
Oct. 7 at Salmon*, 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 vs. Ririe*, 7 p.m.
Oct. 21 at Firth*, 7 p.m.