Longhorns Keeping Momentum After Improved 2013

Published 08/13 2014 09:55PM

Updated 08/13 2014 10:53PM

(BARNARD, Mo.) For the first time in five seasons under Dustin Skoglund, South Nodaway broke through the .500 barrier.

The Longhorns posted a winning record -- 5-4 overall, 3-2 in the PVC -- and are ready to build off the success.

"You know we anticipate being able to go out and compete again this year," Skoglund, a South Nodaway graduate, said.

The Longhorns did see some turnover from last season with three players graduating, but South Nodaway does return its leading passer and rusher from a year ago in Garrett LaMaster.

"We lost some players but we also gained some," senior Logan Murphy said.

Garrett LaMaster Senior Linebacker/Quarterback: "I think this year we have a lot more coaching staff and we will be a mentally and physically stronger team," LaMaster said.
"And we are going to face some strong teams but we are going to get through it."

Those strong teams include defending state champ North Andrew in the season finale.

Skoglund believes the Longhorns can make it through the gauntlet if they play to their potential on the line.

"I would say that we are evenly balanced -- our strength is definitely our guys up front. We have a lot of size and some size with some athleticism.
In the trenches both on the offensive and defensive line we are real physical and real tough."

And successful play along the line of scrimmage will set this run-first offense in motion.

"Last year we were real physical up front and we were able to run the ball well. I look for us to be able to continue to do that, but hopefully we can open things up a little bit in the passing game.
Maybe get the play-action going a little bit better than we did."

It's all a work in progress for a team trying to eclipse the .500 mark for a second year in a row.

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