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June 17, 2014

2014 Ballard Team Preview

Untitled 1 FREE!  The excitement level is getting higher and higher for the 2014 football season. Iowa Preps continues our team previews and takes an in-depth look at Ballard in this article. See who they have returning and what our thoughts are on the team now!

Head coach: Al Christian
Class: 3A
District/Conference: 6
Assistant Coaches: Corey Vespestad, Scott Edwards, Shawn Rigby
Heath Finch, Wes Detrich, Andy Richardson, Mike Nordeen, Brent Stanek
Mike Rigby, George Mcguire
2013 Record: 5-5
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Overview

They came out of the gate strong with a 3-1 start that included beating Norwalk but the success didn't last as Ballard ended the year at 5-5. Jacob Nethers and his 1,400 rushing yards are graduated so that means Isaiah Johnson will be asked to step up in a big way this fall. As a junior, Johnson saw limited carries but still totaled 500 yards on the ground. It is a role that he is excited to have an opportunity to step into. He will benefit from having three offensive linemen and a tight end back with experience now under their belts. That will make life much easier for other skill players to step up and make an impact at the varsity level. The defense is concerned about depth but they have 272 tackles returning between Marcus Johnson and Ben Claussen. This duo will be the heart and soul of this unit and must be ready to continue playing at an elite level if the defense can be improved. The work ethic and core group of athletes are why this unit have a chance to be vastly improved in 2014.

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Key Players Graduated

Jacob Nethers, Mason Jensen

Returning Offensive Starters

Isaiah Johnson - Rb - 2015 Alex Silberstein - Ot - 2015
Adam Silberstein - Og - 2015 Carter Dailey - Og - 2015
Cole Wilson - Te - 2015 Brandon Kane - Rec/Punter/Kicker- 2015

Returning Defensive Starters

Kenny Randolph - Ng - 2015 Brandon Brown - Olb - 2015
Marcus Johnson - Ilb - 2015 Ben Claussen - Ilb - 2015
Quinton Erickson - Ss - 2015 Landon Manfull - Fs - 2015
Kolby Jensen - Db - 2015

Other Returning Varsity Players

Conner Pietsch - Ot - 2015 Jaden Moody - Qb - 2016
Easton Moody - De - 2016 Nathan Macki - Rec - 2015
Kobe Schulze - Db - 2016 Zah Upah - Olb - 2015

Newcomers

Nick Baumhover - 2016 Trey Mason - 2016
Jack Baumhover - 2017 Kenton Brekke - 2017

Team Strengths

Great Senior Class / Work Ethic / Good Core Of Returning Players

Questions Marks

N/A


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