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Jazz Dominguez returns to lead the Chamberlain football team after a breakout sophomore campaign.

Chamberlain Cubs looking to take the next step
Aug 10, 2017

By Rich Winter

While it has only been a few days since Chamberlain's first-year football coach Dan Olson has been practicing with the 2017 Cub football team, the former Britton-Hecla and Richardson/Taylor and Dickinson (North Dakota) coach likes what he's seeing. 


Some big young lineman and a bunch of skill guys that Olson can't wait to see unleashed in the open field greeted him at practice on Monday as Olson's crew gets ready for their season opener at Canton on Aug. 25. 


"I see there are a lot of dedicated kids and a lot of older skill kids," Olson said. "A lot of young big offensive lineman so I'm excited to see what we have coming back."


2016 was kind of a breakout season for the Cubs with skill guys like Tiegen Priebe, Rich Marone and Dodge Knippling catching a lot of balls while lineman Conner Graves manned the trenches. Those four though were the only seniors that graduated, and Olson is excited to have a QB in Jazz Dominguez that put up some big stats during his sophomore campaign. 


"He's pretty advanced in his understanding of the playbook and wants to check into things that are way ahead of the first week of practice," Olson said. "He had some impressive games last seaons and he'll likely be one of our captains and be someone that is leading this team."


While the general consensus after watching Chamberlain a year ago is the Cubs will likely spread the field, and that may be the case, Olson is keeping his cards close to his vest, the new coach thinks he's got a dynamite stable of backs. 


"Isaac Hawk and Jett Evans and you can go on down the line with Riggs Priebe (Who told the Panic Button that coach Olson said he had NFL potential...UMMMM), and Carson Powers and we have a lot of guys that can run it and run after they catch it," Olson said. 


While the scouting report might suggest an aerial assault from the 2017 Cubs, Olson thinks Cub fans will see a 50/50 share of run vs. pass when the new offense is unleashed. 


"Everyone thinks we will throw the ball around but when you start spreading the field and have a kid that can throw the ball downfield, that definitely opens up the power running game," Olson said.


While both the offensive and defensive lines are young, those players got plenty of playing time a year ago and with a good summer of lifting should be ready to take their games to the next level. 


"Cole Hickey, Remington Rossow, Ruger Forester and Ben Defender are part of a group that is going to be a big part of our football team," Olson said. 


While Olson knew about Chamberlain sophomore Nash Hutmacher before he arrived, he's gotten an eyeful during 40-yard sprints during the first week of practice. 


"I'm sure glad he's on our side," Olson said. "We do some 40's and I've got him at 295 and he can move. We'll put him in the middle of that defensive line and it's going to be tough for anyone to get past him." 


While new to Chamberlain where he'll be teaching Physical Education at the Middle-School and high school, Olson said he was impressed with what Chamberlain Athletic Director Todd Palmer and the community of Chamberlain are doing to suppor their student/athletes.


"I definitely think he’s (Todd Palmer) on the top of the list for the positive things that have happened in the last three to four years. He's really taken the steps forward to get this kids where they want to go," Olson said. "Having Joe Hutmacher committing to being in the weight-room is huge and just seeing a community with parents that are behind their kids is an awesome situation."


While Chamberlain was bounced in the first round of the playoffs a year ago, Olson isn't talking playoffs in August, only one day at a time.


"My philosophy is to get better every week and if you do that the rest will take care of itself," Olson said. 


Olson's wife Tammy is a nurse in the Britton/Hecla area and his youngest daughter just graduated from Britton/Hecla and will be attending South Dakota State University this fall. Two older boys live in Dickinson, North Dakota.


2017 Chamberlain football schedule:


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1 Aug 25 7:00 p.m. CT Canton Canton        
2 Sep 01 7:00 p.m. MT St. Francis Indian St. Francis        
3 Sep 08 7:00 p.m. CT Wagner Chamberlain        
4 Sep 15 7:00 p.m. CT Groton Area Groton        
5 Sep 22 7:00 p.m. CT Woonsocket/Wess. Springs/Sanborn Central Chamberlain        
6 Sep 29 7:00 p.m. CT Winner Winner        
7 Oct 06 7:00 p.m. CT Mt. Vernon/Plankinton Chamberlain        
8 Oct 13 7:00 p.m. CT Stanley County Chamberlain  

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