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    LMC Season Preview

    Football season is back and I am ready for another exciting season in LMC football.  The Ranchers have dominated the better part of the past decade but I believe the competition is closing in fast on this powerhouse.  4 teams should make a push for the conference crown this season.  With this being said, here is my LMC pre-season preview (teams ranked from 1st to 7th)

    1. Harding County Ranchers (last season 11-1 State 9A runners-up) The Ranchers come into the season with a ton of question marks.  Who will take over QB for Austin Brown?  Who will replace all-state RB/LB Taz Olson?  How will the inexperience effect them?  The Ranchers are dropping down in class to 9B and should have a good (but not great) chance of repeating as conference champs.  Right now they are the pre-season favorites but the following 3 teams might have something to say about that!
    2. Faith Longhorns (last season 4-5, lost 1st round of playoffs) Faith will be coming into the season with high expectations.  They have tons of talent and their team numbers are up.  Quickness and Speed will make this team very difficult to stop.  They have closen the gap on the Ranchers and will be looking at a chance to claim the conference crown when they meet the final regular season game of the season.  Faith has moved up in class to 9A.
    3. Timber Lake Panthers (last season 5-4, lost 2nd round of playoffs) T-Lake will be looking to build upon last seasons strong finish.  They have a stud in athlete Cody Kraft and their offense could be hard to stop.  Timber Lake will remain in 9A for the following season and will be fighting with Faith for playoff seeding purposes.
    4. Lemmon/McIntosh Cowboys (last season 7-2, lost 1st round of playoffs) The Cowboys will once again be very strong and they have unfinished business after suffering a heart breaking loss in the 1st round of the playoffs last year.  They will be inexperienced at a lot of the "skilled" positions but they return the majority of their O-Line and D-Line which should make the tranition for these players easier.  L/M remains in 9AA this year.
    5. Dupree Tigers (last season 4-5, lost 1st round of playoffs) The Dupree Tigers will be an athletic team this season.  The issue will be their offensive and defensive line.  If they come together as a unit, they could push for a conference championship also.  Dupree remains in class 9B.
    6. Newell Irrigators (last season 3-6, lost 1st round of playoffs) Newell had an up and coming team last season with a lot of youth.  They suffered a set-back with the transferring of Trenton Schuelke to Faith.  It is rumored that a few other players have transferred schools also.  This is too bad to see for a program that looked like it was once again on the right track.  Newell moves up in class to 9A this season.
    7. Bison Cardinals (last season 2-6, no playoff appearance) Bison was extremely, extremely young last year.  They will still be an inexperienced team this year but should be much more competitive.  QB Daniel Chapmann is an amazing athlete and will give them a chance to improve upon last seasons record.  Bison will remain in 9B this year.

    There you have it.....my pre-season preview.  Can't wait for next Friday!  I look forward to covering the LMC this season. Your thoughts on the preview?  Agree...Disagree???

    1 Response

    1. C.C. OHarra Says:

      I agree, great season preview. Hard to believe that Harding County will ever lose another game in the LMC. Talk about domination......

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