Rice Lake (WQOW) — The last couple seasons for the Warriors have been very successful. But after a division three state title in 2017 and a level four playoff appearance last season, a lot of new faces will lead Rice Lake.
Head coach Dan Hill has the challenge of replacing loads of talent on both sides of the ball, including his quarterback Peyton Buckley. He’s ran the show for the Warriors the past two season, and the competition to replace him is wide open. Hill is looking for someone to step-up, fill-in, and lead the offense for the upcoming season.
“There’s a three-way race for it right now. We’ve got three great kids, maybe even four,” Hill says. “We don’t know yet, we’re still working on that. If I had to give an edge, I’m going to give it to the upperclassman (Tyson) Tomesh, who’s looking really good. But all three kids are working on it, and it’s a matter of sorting all that out.”
The Warriors are still searching for their first outright conference title in program history. But even with all the holes they have to fill on both sides of the ball, the one strength that could help set the tone for 2019 is the offensive line.
“The trenches are looking good this year,” says senior quarterback/linebackers Tyson Tomesh. “We’ve got a couple returning guys, like our center and our guard. And everyone’s been grinding in the weight room this year, so I think our offensive line is going to be pretty good this year.”
“Everyone’s pretty fast learners, more so than other years,” senior running back/safety Bradley Hackel says. “We’ve got a lot of power on the line this year, so I think that’s looking pretty good for us.”
Rice Lake opens the season with a non-conference game on the road, they’ll play Medford on August 23rd.