Lynx open season Friday against top-ranked Roosevelt
BV pegged as one of Class AAA’s best this season
August 26. 2014 11:35AM
While Nov. 15 may be a ways off, the preseason hype has already inked Brandon Valley and Sioux Falls Roosevelt to be in the DakotaDome that night.
“We’re a long ways from that,” says Lynx head coach Chad Garrow. “Obviously everybody wants to be in the Dome the last game of the year … but the thing is this hype is based off of last year. We haven’t proved anything yet and hopefully we’ll play well against Roosevelt and see that we are living up to the top team hype.”
The hype around Brandon Valley starts with its returning quarterback, senior Jake Comeaux, and a trio of quality receivers and running backs in seniors Drew Reinschmidt, Alex Wilde and Riley Frantzen.
“We’ll hopefully use Jake in some different ways, having him run the ball a little more,” Garrow said. “But he needs to be better with the ball this year as far as cutting down on his interceptions, and hopefully his maturation process will continue to happen.”
As for the trio of ball movers, Garrow said Reinschmidt will be featured more this season than his junior year, where he shared receiving duties with 2014 senior AJ Garrow. Wilde and Frantzen will be workhorses for the Brandon Valley’s running game.
Despite graduating 13 seniors from last year’s 7-3 squad whose season ended in the semifinals in a lopsided 65-35 contest with Roosevelt. The Riders return with quarterback Taryn Christion, who can move the ball in the air and on his feet.
“Starting off with Roosevelt is a great way to see where we’re at,” Garrow said.
“They’re a lot of what they were last year so we need to be better defensively, because obviously you can’t give up 60 points and expect to win.”
Garrow believes the offensive and defensive lines are more athletic this year. He’ll look to his senior corps that includes Nate Bennett, Pete Choudek and junior Andrew Sorensen to lead that effort.
“The difference from last year to this year is defense and I think we’re more athletic in our front seven than we were last year,” Garrow said. “But whether this team will be good defensively, I think we’re ahead of where we were other years.”
In addition to the Lynx and Rough Riders, Garrow looks to O’Gorman to make some noise in the Class AAA ranks. “They brought back a lot of kids and were young last year,” Garrow said.
The Lincoln Patriots also have his attention.
“They have almost their whole offensive line back and some skilled kids, too, so I think Coach Beavers like the fact that everybody’s talking about the number of losses they had.”
Among their ESD counterparts, Garrow looks for good things from Brookings, who returns with a strong senior corps.
“This was their year that they’re going to do well,” Garrow says. “They’re kind of like Pierre was last year.”
He also points to Aberdeen Central, who played some quality juniors last year as well as Yankton, which is always a rival game for the Lynx.
No matter the pre-season hype, Garrow says the team will face one game at a time.
“You just have to go one week at a time and stay away from injuries because we don’t have the depth that the Sioux Falls schools do,” he said. “And the bottom line is that the kids have to execute the plays.”
The Lynx and Rough Riders kick off at 8 p.m. Friday at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls.
2014 LYNX FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Aug. 29 at S.F. Roosevelt, 8 p.m.
Sept. 6 Pigskin Classic vs. Huron, 7 p.m.
Sept. 12 Yankton, 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 at Brookings, 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 Homecoming vs. S.F. Washington, 7 p.m.
Oct. 3 Bye
Oct. 10 at Aberdeen, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 Pierre, 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 Harrisburg, 7 p.m.
Oct. 30 State Quarterfinals, 7 p.m.
Nov. 7 State Semifinals, TBA
Nov. 15 Class 11AAA Finals, DakotaDome