Back in the Saddle
After a one-year hiatus from the quarterback position, Ethan Edeen is going back behind center.
If he’s anywhere close to as successful as his predecessor, Blake Kragnes, the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels just might be angling for another trip to the state tournament.
“Blake was an awesome quarterback,” Edeen says glowingly. “He could sling it 50 yards and be right on the money,” says Edeen. “He taught me how to stay calm and relaxed back there.”
The Concordia-bound Kragnes was a true leader of the offense last year, utilizing his hands and feet to tilt the field in the Rebels’ favor game in and game out.
“Ethan will be asked to fill some big shoes on offense,” head coach Anthony Soderberg says. “He is a leader, a great teammate, and sets a perfect example to the underclassmen what it is to be a student athlete.”
Edeen, who spent his junior-high and junior-varsity football years playing quarterback before shifting to receiver on varsity, also likes to use speed and athleticism to move around in the pocket and find the open man.
Edeen will also have the luxury of channeling the ball in the backfield to a talented duo of returning runners, Garrett Scheel and Ryan Poehls.
“We’ll be able to pound the ball the whole year and it will probably open up long plays,” says Edeen of the thunder-and-lightning combo. “Scheel has crazy speed. He’ll be able to get up and down the field. Poehls will be our go-to short man.”
After faltering in the state semifinals last season, Edeen is hungry for another chance to make a deep postseason run. Another pointer he picked up from Kragnes? It can’t happen if you don’t believe in yourself.
“All three of my years we’ve made section championship,” says Edeen. “You have to have confidence to be able to win. If you lack that, you don’t have a chance.”
I am excited about this group. Like every year, we will need some players to step up and fill some holes. I think we have the individuals to do that and in a manner that we can compete on a high level. Expectations will be high, but I hope we take the season one week at a time and are playing our best football come playoff time.