2014 Fall Football Camp Tour: D-G-F Rebels
(WDAY TV) - The path to TCF Bank Stadium began today for football teams all over Minnesota as practice officially opened; it's a new twist on the gridiron this season with the championship games being played in the elements.
A team that was a win shy of the final four was DGF, the next team up on our Fall Camp Tour.
They finished 8-3 a year ago; while breaking an 11 year drought reaching the state tournament for the first time since 2002. 16 starters are back for a team that opens against rival Hawley on August 29th.
D-G-F finished 2013 with their first winning record since 2010. The 2014 squad features 26 seniors, and they know the pressure is on to have another good year.
Brandon Wayne/DGF Senior RB/LB: "We know we have to focus. We don't think we will just run over these teams we're gonna have to fight and get ready. That's what these first couple weeks are for."
Alex Matthews/DGF Senior RB/LB: "We dealt with pressure last year playing in big games. The seniors just have to be leaders and show the young kids how to handle the pressure."
Even though the Rebels lost some key pieces from last year's team, like all-conference running back Chad Johnson, they return 8 starters on each side of the ball and are hoping that experience leads to continued success.
Garrett Pemelton/ DGF Senior TE/DE: "We've been playing together for years. Last year just brought us together as a family and as a team. The communication we have together is really helping a lot."
Tony Soderberg/D-G-F Head Coach: "This group has always been, they show up ready to go, ready to work. A lot of them want to be here and have been waiting for this. That's usually a sign of a pretty good year."
It won't take long for the Rebels to get tested; they play two defending section champions and a section runner-up in the first three weeks.
The Rebels two wins in the section tournament last year were the first postseason victories for the school since 2010 when they made the section final.