DC-G has strong offensive and defensive returners
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The Dallas Center-Grimes football team went 9-2 overall and 6-0 in Little Hawkeye Conference play last season. This season the Mustangs will be returning all five of their starting offensive line from a year ago.
“They paved the way for one of our best offensive seasons in years,” said DC-G coach Scott Heitland, who is entering his 11th year with the Mustangs.
Seniors Chris On, Bryve Shutt, Hunter Sehman and Logan Peppenger and junior Garrett Gibson are the offensive linemen who will be returning to the Mustangs for the 2014 season. On received an honorable mention for the All District team.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Mustangs return two first-team All District selections and one first-team All State selection. Brevin Townsell, a senior defensive lineman, was a first-team All District selection last year and junior safety Austin Kloewer was a first-team All District selection and a first-team All State selection.
Townsell had five tackles and two sacks in the 2013 season while Kloewer had 80 tackles and five interceptions.
The Mustangs will have to find a way to replace three offensive playmakers from a year ago as All-State quarterback Andrew Kramer, All-District running back Chaz Chambers and All-District tight end Dakota Clausen have gruduated.
Kramer was 111-of-209 on pass attempts for 1,391 yards with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also added 118 carries for 603 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground last year.
Chambers had 168 carries for 929 rushing yards and seven touchdowns while also having six receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown. Clausen was the team’s leading receiver with 33 catches for 538 yards and six touchdowns.
Nate Osborn, a junior for the upcoming year, is returning to the team and listed at quarterback. He only threw one pass last season and it was a 13-yard completion.
Senior Kullen Neyens and junior Anthony Jacobsen are both returning and listed as running backs on the roster.
“We feel good that we have someone in mind to be our QB who will do a great job and a number of kids that will battle for the RB spot and all have a chance at a great season,” Heitland said.
The Mustangs kick their season off against Carlisle at home on Aug. 29.