Fall 2013 Football Preview - page 10

THURSDAY, September 5, 2013
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By The Telegram
After scraping by a with a 2-7
record last season, the Deerfield
Spartans will be looking for
improvement this year with sev-
eral players returning, including
Santa Fe Trail all-league perform-
ers Rene Rubio and Mike Mata,
both now in their senior year.
With only Eric Rincon lost
from last year’s team, Rubio and
Mike Mata are pegged to lead the
Spartans again this season. Rubio
(5-10, 170) is back at running back
and linebacker after leading the
team with 983 yards rushing last
season. Mike Mata (6-0, 165) also
returns after making the all-
league team last season at quar-
terback and free safety.
“We have a very good running
back who can also shift to play any
receiver spot,” said second-year
Deerfield coach Eric Jorgensen.
“We also have a great quarterback
and a couple of good receivers,
plus two senior lineman who are
ready to give their all.”
Senior Alex Mata (6-1, 160) is also back
for the Spartans at wide receiver and out-
side linebacker after making honorable
mention SFTL honors a year ago. Three
more seniors will also be back for the
Spartans including offensive lineman and
linebacker Colton Davis (5-11, 160), wide
receiver Darrell Fisher (6-0, 145) and offen-
sive and defensive lineman Zaine Gillock
(6-0, 290). Junior Mark Skipper (6-1) also
returns at linebacker. The experience and
stability are encouraging to Jorgensen.
“This is the second year of these guys
having the same coach and I can already
see better practices,” said Jorgensen.
“However, we will need to improve on our
run defense as well.”
Deerfield will host Plainview, Colo. to
open the 2013 season.
League: Santa Fe Trail
Class: 8-man Div. 1, District 7
Coach: Eric Jorgensen, 2nd year
Sept. 6—
Sept. 13—
at Rolla
Sept. 20—
at Moscow
Sept. 27—
Oct. 4—
Oct. 11—
Oct. 18—
at South Gray*
Oct. 25—
Oct. 31—
at Satanta*
Denotes District Game
2012 Results
Record: 2-7
Aug. 31—
at Plainview, Colo., W 68-6
Sept. 7—ROLLA, L 20-14
Sept. 14—MOSCOW, L 76-30
Sept. 21—at Fowler, L 57-12
Sept. 28—at Minneola*, L 54-6
Oct. 5—at Spearville*, L 82-54
Oct. 12—SOUTH GRAY*, L 66-20
Oct. 19—at Hodgeman County*, L 58-0
Oct. 25—SATANTA*, W 64-18
*—Indicates District Game
The Dighton Hornets, who struggled
with a 3-6 record last year, are looking to a
core of key players to improve their overall
play this season.
With quarterback Ryan Kuhlman lost
to graduation, the Hornets will be relying
on double duty from their four returning
First is senior run-
ning back and lineback-
er Isaac Alinor (6-1,
210) who led the team,
rushing for 728 yards
on 100 carries and 10
touchdowns last year
for an all-league sec-
ond team running back
honor. He also was the lead receiver. First
team all-league linebacker Matt Mulville
(6-0, 195) also returns for his senior year at
fullback and linebacker after leading the
team in tackles with 108, 63 of them solo.
“Isaac Alinor is a good return man,”
said Dighton head coach Ken Simon. “The
running game looks to be
strong with Alinor and
Mulville and it will be
up to an offensive line to
create holes.”
One of those offensive
lineman will be senior
Ben Speer (6-3, 225), who
is also playing at defen-
sive lineman and was
second team all-league
offensive lineman and
defensive end last year.
Junior Wyatt Habiger
(5-10, 175) will also come
back on the offensive line
and at linebacker.
should be stronger as
a group,” said Simon.
“However, we still need
the ability to stop the run
and run the ball effec-
tively against the good
Dighton opens its 2013
season on the road at
state runner-up Wallace
County before hosting Greeley County in
week two.
League: Northwest Kansas
Class: 8-man Div. II, District 7
Coach: Ken Simon, 3rd year
Sept. 6—
at Wallace County
Sept. 13—
Sept. 20—
at Quinter
Sept. 27—
Oct. 4—
Oct. 11—
at Wilson*
Oct. 18—
Oct. 25—
at Sylvan-Lucas*
Oct. 31—
Denotes District Game
2012 Results
Record: 3-6
Aug. 31—
Sept. 7—at Greeley County, W 54-6
Sept. 14—QUINTER, L 38-18
Sept. 21—at Hoxie, L 1-0
Sept. 28—at Otis-Bison*, L 50-34
Oct. 5—WILSON*, W 60-14
Oct. 12—at Victoria*, L 54-32
Oct. 19—SYLVAN-LUCAS*, L 50-44
Oct. 25—at Healy/Western Plains*, W 56-8
*—Indicates District Game
See 8-man, Page 11
Becky Malewitz/Telegram
Deerfield’s Rene Rubio, left, tries to gain a couple extra inches before
being pushed out of bounds by Rolla’s Jaron Rusch and Kyler Telford
in the Spartans’ home opener last season.
Spartans eye improvement; Ingalls, South Gray seek playoffs
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