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HS Football Preview: Crickets ready for first season under Laube

Fall Creek (WQOW) — Head coach Dean Laube enters his first year leading the program, as they look to bounce back from a 4-5 season and return to the playoffs.

Laube was the defensive coordinator in 2018 for Fall Creek, and will have a lot of new faces for the upcoming season. The Crickets have to replace 10 starters on both sides of the ball, while also dealing with their lowest program numbers in over 40 years. But Laube is excited with the group that he has, and hopes they feed off his intensity.

“I live and thrive off of energy, and I like to motivate the young men to get the most out of them,” says Laube. “I think a lot of what you see to stop from a defensive standpoint, you learn what might work from an offensive standpoint. Our numbers are down this year, but we’ve got some really good hard working young men that I can’t wait to coach up.”

Fall Creek will look for their younger and inexperienced players to step up and play in 2019. And even with their low numbers, the players look at it as a strength bringing the team closer together.

“I think everybody brings something special,” says senior offensive lineman/defensive back Alex Sackett. “Some people are showing that they’re ready to play varsity, so we’ll just see how it ends up.”

“I don’t think it’s going to really affect the game too much,” junior offensive lineman/linebacker Logan Gilles says. “I think what it’s going to affect is our bond together. Smaller teams usually have a closer bond, because we know each other more and we work together more often.”

The Crickets open the season on August 22nd, with a conference game at Neillsville/Granton.

Collin Talbert

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