Auburndale Football Season Preview: Move to 8 man Football and Depth Questions Two Major Unknowns

Auburndale (OnFocus) – It’s been a long wait for football fans and football teams to start the 2020 season. The wait is finally over, and the season is now here.

We take a look at the Auburndale Eagles with our Season Preview. We reached out to Coach Jay Anderson for some thoughts on this football season, giving us a glimpse into how the Eagles are getting ready for this year.

OnFocus: How has your coaching staff and team prepared for this season?

Anderson:  Our overall numbers in the Senior and Junior classes are a concern.  Depth is a concern for our Varsity team. Moving to 8-man will also be such a new experience that there is a lot of uncertainty.  We were able to answer a lot of questions on Saturday but we still have depth concerns due to some early injuries and illness.  To start the season against a team like Athens as a scrimmage was very helpful in getting us prepared for a team that won the 2018 8-man State Championship team in Sevastopol.

OnFocus: Season forecast – What should fans expect to see out of your team this year? 

Anderson: Our main goal is to prepare and play hard.  Enjoy every opportunity and have fun. We return some players with experience:

Hunter Wright – All-Conference WR moved to QB;  Schuyler Gilhausen – 2nd Team All-Conference LB,  RB and LB, a very intense and focused football player;Kaden Hoffman RB/WR

Junior Terrence Roberson will be starting RB and I am expecting big things from him.
Junior Jesse Fowler is returning starter on both sides of the line.  Along with Senior Anival Martinez, who returns with starting experience, I am expecting them to play big roles in our offense and defense.

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David Keech
Author: David Keech

David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]