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Coach Ryan Holy Eagle will guide St. Francis as they take on CEB tonight

St. Francis at CEB - Game preview
Aug 25, 2017

By Rich Winter

Was yacking with Todd County football coach Bob Kornely last week about just how difficult it is to make the 11A football playoffs these days. With 16 teams in the division he referred to making the playoffs in 11A as being equivelant to making the Class A state boys basketball tournament. 


It is with that thought in mind that I'm pretty fired up about the St. Francis at CEB game tonight. While the opener for both schools isn't a must win, lose this one and it's going to be an uphill battle for the playoffs.


Got to know CEB football coach Michael Scott a bit last season and while watching him and the CEB players last season there seemed to be some solid football enthusiasm running through the camp.


While CEB was just on the edge of making the playoffs a season ago, the Braves were a power-heavy offense. That might change this season as CEB has some speed, quickness and a duo of returning skill-position players in RB DJ High Bear and QB Harvey Neigel. 


Yacked with CEB senior DJ High Bear a moment this morning and he's pretty fired up to get the show on the road tonight.


"Kinda excited for Harley he has been starting QB since freshman year now he is a senior this year. Harley and i have been working all summer waiting for these games. We both put on some weight from last year we both got up to 170 at some point this summer...(Wrestling mode... sooo idk if i can make 145 again lol idek about 152)."


For St. Francis, the loss of 14 seniors from a squad that finished 4-5 says the Warriors will be young. That said, there are some pretty tough and competitive kids on the roster.


The Warriors return just three starters in WR Mahpiya Horse Looking, quarterback Draven Young and running back Jadis Metcalf.  



“We have 17 out with new kids who have never played high school varsity football,” Ryan Holy Eagle, St. Francis coach said. “So, the challenge is on the coaches to build a competitive squad from what we have.”


Returning to assist Holy Eagle is Roger Wonnenberg.

Holy Eagle says the guys on the offensive line: Anthony Oliver, Tristan First, Brandon Arcoren, Robert Kills in Water and Chris Long have been looking good in practice.


On defense, Holy Eagle says DB Canku Martinez, Mike Two Charge, Drake Young and John Two Strike have looked good in practice.


“We have four seniors, four juniors and the rest are sophomores and freshman,” Holy Eagle said. “Hopefully when school starts we will get more kids to come out.” 


Game time is set for 6:00 p.m. Central Time....anyone taking any photos or stats or scoring summaries...I'd love to see them...


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