GSL Gameday Preview 28 Aug 13

Panthers Gameday – Week 1

Last Game:  Hutchinson 28 – GSL  7, 2012 Section 2AAAA Championship

Game Recap: A couple of big turnovers and long touchdown plays helped the Hutchinson football team claim a 28-7 victory over the Glencoe-Silver Lake Panthers in the Section 2AAAA Championship in Hutchinson, MN on November 2nd, 2012.  Returning Starter Dalton Clouse was the Panthers main star of the game that night with a total of 22 attempts for 140 rushing yards.  The Panthers ended their season with a total overall record of 8-2.

Current Record: 0-0

This Week’s Opponent: Holy Family  (0-0)

About the Opponent: Holy Family went 10-4 last year, eliminated by Hutchinson in the Class AAAA Championship Game in the Metrodome.  Holy Family had a pretty good year last year in the Wright County Conference with a record of 5-3, losing to powerhouses GSL, Hutchinson, and Orono.   Even though Holy Family can air the ball down the field with having just around 650 yards passing last year, look for them to have their ground attack ready.  They had just over 3000 yards rushing last year during the regular season.

Key GSL Players:  When you go into week one of a season you look to the returning starters to lead the newcomers.  Watch for the three main returning starts in the back field for the GSL offense, Dalton “Roadhouse” Clouse at FB, the speedy Jake Stuedemann at RB, and of course the Captain of the ship, Keaton Anderson at QB.  Although there will be a lot of new faces out there on the field, these younger classmen are ready.  “These young guys have stepped up this year and are ready to prove with a powerful statement that they are a force not to be reckoned with!” said Coach Paul Lemke.  The GSL coaching staff feels very confident and strongly believes they got themselves a squad that is going to do some damage this year in the 2013 High School Football season.  

Games Storylines: 

  1. A tale of Home Court Advantage.  GSL can capitalize this year in their schedule and capitalize with the additional home game.  The Panthers will have 5 home games this year instead of the traditional 4 in a regular season.  GSL will run into a couple of other power house teams in the Wright County Conference  this year and will need to continue to grab onto those wins to make their 2013 push towards the State Championship in the Metrodome.
  2. Returning Quarterback Keaton Anderson.  Has he fine touched his passing game skills to make him a bigger threat for the Panthers.  Can he continue to be that threat on the field not only in the running game, which we know he can do, but also in the air in the Panthers passing game.
  3. HEAT.  Kickoff temps will still be in the 90’s for this game.  That might give the edge to GSL’s bruising running game of Clouse and Stuedemann.  The 3rd and 4th quarters could be big after Holy Family’s had to tackle and catch up to those two all game in the heat.  But no matter what, water breaks and keeping kids fresh will be huge.  
  4. Defense….. Holy Family can pass on their opponents but also believe in the good old fashioned smash-mouth football tactic, running the ball.  There will be some new faces on the Defensive side of the ball for GSL .  Some have moved over from the offensive side of the ball (Nolan Lepel at LB and Zach Jungclaus at DE for a couple of names) and need to step up in their new roles. They also will have a new face in the back field at Safety, Teddy Peterson, who is very fast and will have no problem getting to the play.  Hopefully he can prove to be another presence on the field that will pack a punch, no matter his size.  GSL needs all these guys to step up for the Panthers.
  5. A useless/interesting fact for youGSL was able to add another addition to their coaching staff this year.  Welcome back defensive coach Dave Dose (Former Head Coach prior to Scott Tschimperle).