Eleva (WQOW) — The Cardinals are coming off a 6-4 season with a trip to level one of the playoffs, and they look to keep the tradition going in 2019 with new head coach Jacob Lerum.
About 40 players total have gone out this season for Eleva-Strum, with the main focus sticking to the basics and fundamentals. For Lerum though, he knows just how successful this program has been the last several years, and is planning to keep the tradition going strong.
“We’ve had a lot of success in Eleva-Strum, even going back to the 2000’s,” Lerum says. “So I told them, I’m just going to keep the traditions that we have. A lot of successful good football teams here, and I’m not going to reinvent the wheel. We’ve got good football players, and we’re just going to keep building off what we have here at Eleva-Strum.”
The Cardinals do have to replace some talent on both sides of the ball, as four first-team all-conference players have graduated. But they do return some players at key positions, including first-team all-conference running back Andrew Schoen and first-team all-conference defensive back Cade McSorely. They’re excited about the playmakers that they have on both sides of the ball.
“How big and athletic we are, we have a lot of players that are tall, can jump, and can move,” says senior running back/linebacker Andew Schoen. “And the linemen same thing, big guys that can get out and move.”
“I think experience for the most part, we have quite a few coming back,” senior offensive/defensive lineman Joey Bautch says. “Especially at the core spots, like running back, receiver, and quarterback. So that’s going to help us out a little bit. The line is a little new, but we can work adjustments to that.”
Eleva-Strum will travel to take on Mondovi week one, on August 23rd.