There are several new head football coaches in the area this season. One of them is at Freeport Aquin. Broc Kundert will try to keep up the Bulldogs’ winning tradition.
Kundert has made the move across town from Freeport high school where he was the Pretzels defensive coordinator. Even though he’s been immersed in the NIC-10 in recent seasons this Freeport native knows exactly what he’s getting into in the NUIC.
“I’m from Freeport my whole life so I’ve followed the Dakota teams, the Aquin teams, Lena,” says Kundert. “So I know what it’s all about.”
It’s all about trying to win in the toughest 1A conference in the state.
Like most Aquin teams this one will again feature a spread offense, but there will be more emphasis on the run game thanks to a bigger offensive line led again by big Zeke Barr.
“I think we’ll be a little bit out of the norm in terms of Aquin linemen,” says Kundert. “I think we’ve got a pretty solid line this year. We’re going to be pretty big so I think that will help us be able to run the football.”
Kundert says the Bulldogs won’t have a feature back who carries the ball 20-25 times a game. A trio of backs will more likely share the load…Graysen DeMichele, Ethan Yount and sophomore Ty Stykel.
Every year the Bulldogs have a gifted quarterback. Last year it was senior Jonah Diemer. He led the NUIC with almost two thousand yards passing and 30 touchdown passes. This year the Bulldogs are banking on sophomore starter William Gustafson to become the next standout player at that position, but perhaps be more of a dual-threat quarterback.
“I really like him,” says Aquin receiver Patrick Seas. “He can throw and he’s got the speed. He’s got the moves.”
“We knew that he (Gustafson) was a great athlete, so we knew that he’d be able to run the ball but he’s seemed to grasp the offense really well,” says Kundert. “He’s a real smart kid.”
Offense and scoring points is never an issue at Aquin, so the defense is the key, and this defense with more speed and size could be improved over last year. The other good news for the Bulldogs is their numbers are up from about 20 players last year on varsity to 30 to 35 this year.
“I definitely think we are more excited this year,” says running back Garyson DeMichele of the larger turnout. “A lot of seniors left last year but we have a lot of underclassmen stepping up.”