The Herington Railers football team was put together a 6-21 record in the last 3 years. First-year head coach Cade Albert is not only hoping to change the W-L records but the football culture as well.
“We have a completely new coaching staff,” said Albert who is in his 5th year of coaching football.
“The X’s and O’s are far different from last year, but the kids are learning what an organized and disciplined football program looks like.”
The Railers head coach was straight-forward in expectations and what the team will need to do to pick up its first varsity win since 2018.
“If we want success we need to learn that every detail matters. From stretching lines to time management, it all matters.”
Physically, Herington will have an early advantage in revamping the program with an experienced line.
All-League Kevin Gehrke, 5’11” 205 lbs. senior will anchor the guard on offense and end on defense.
Joining him is the 6’2″ 285 lbs. sophomore in Damion Woods at the center position on offense.
Another young two-way starter looking to be a factor is Nathan Vinduska. The 6’1″ 185 lbs. sophomore will play tight end and defensive end for the 8M-I Railers.
“Our offensive line will most likely be our strength,” noted Albert.
“Defensively our line will be a solid point for us. We have a lot of experience on both lines.”
Senior Ayden Lawrenz, listed at 5’10” 150 lbs., will handle the signal-caller duties.
Junior Easton Idleman, 5’11” 155 lbs, will be busy carrying the ball for Herington as well as defending against opposing running backs.
Senior Matt Anschutz will factor into the defense and offense as well.
Albert mentioned that despite past records, the coaching staff as well as the team is holding high expectations for the 2020 season.
“(Our goal) is have a winning record and head into week nine on the bracket with a chance to play on into week 10,” said the Railers head coach.
“The kids are excited about this year and are doing a great job of having high expectations. I am so proud of the guys and how they have adjusted so far.”