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Gwinn, MI- The Modeltowners enter year 4 under the leadership of Dion Brown. Who - since being hired as head coach 4 years ago, has brought a physical mentality to Gwinn football. Don't expect that to change this season.
Dion Brown, the Head Coach at Gwinn said, "We're gonna be a physical team. As long as I'm coaching here at Gwinn I want to get off the bus running the ball. Our goal is to average 300 yards rushing this year. Then pretty much a lot of play action out of that. So, that's what we're going to be. We're going to be a physical team that's going to get after you from the 1st quarter to the 4th quarter."
Gwinn returns 4 out of 5 starters on their offensive line. The group is led by all U.P 1st team offensive lineman, Logan Kruhlik. Who is also be a leader on the defensive side of the ball.
"Loves to workout. About 6'2' 240 lbs, just a great kid. Great student as well. He's got everything. He knows all the line, every position actually on the offense and defensive line. Middle linebacker, he calls the call for us. So, he's special," said Brown.
Logan Kruhlik, who plays offensive line and middle linebacker at Gwinn said, "I think we all have a good bond a good communication and everything so I think it's going to be a good year. Then leading this team is simply going to be dedication. Just nail it in the butt, very first day, you know. And just keep going hard every single day."
Austin Forbes is the man under center, taking over for all U.P First Team quarterback Kevin Roberts.
Gwinn is also replacing a key part of their running attack. With the graduation of all U.P. Dream Team runningback, Chris Bosworth.
Marlin Moton and Blaine Brdiges will be splitting carries and keep your eye out for Seth Aho at fullback.
With Tucker Taylor as a weapon in the passing game, this offense has the potential to be special.
"Freak of nature. 6'4. Really great athlete. Loves to hit people. Loves to block. You know really good hands for when we put him at tight end and in the wing," said brown about Taylor.
After getting a taste for the postseason for the first time in 16 years, the Modeltowners are out to prove that last year wasn't a fluke.
"I told these guys. I said, 'hey you know, in order for our season to be a success, we need to make the playoffs.' And they said, you know, they totally agree. That's what we striving for now. Take it one game at a time and we'll go from there." said Brown.
"We just need to take it one game at a time. We can't be worried about living on the legacy of last year. You know, we had a good year last year but we have to forget all that," added Kruhlik.
Gwinn opens their season on august 17th against Gladstone.
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