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Class 3 District 6

Big 8 – East Conference

School Colors: Red and Black

Head Coach: Craig Weldy (14-26, 5th season)

Assistant coaches: Gabe Friss (DC/OL/LB), Kyle Doss (OL/DL) Logan Lauffer (WR/DB), Clayton Dunning (RB/DL)

COACH WELDY SAYS:

“These seniors have always had a never-quit attitude and we must build on that mentality. Every Friday night will provide a unique challenge that we must prepare for. We must meet challenges with tenacity and a stronger desire to win than our opponent. Every day presents each of us with the opportunity to learn from our experiences and from others. We must take advantage of these opportunities to have a successful 2021 football season.”

Five Year Trend (Playoffs)

  • 2020: 6-4 (First Round)
  • 2019: 1-9 (First Round)
  • 2018: 2-8 (First Round)
  • 2017: 5-5 (First Round)
  • 2016: 2-8 (First Round)

2020 REVIEW

Aurora made great strides last year, turning around a one-win program in 2019 to go 6-4 in 2020. “They came to work each week to prepare for games that were not guaranteed to take place,” Weldy says. “Their willingness and ability to stay focused on what they needed to do to compete was remarkable.” The team was primarily made up of juniors and sophomores and, on occasion, their lack of experience showed. “We felt like we let some victories slip through our fingers,” Weldy says. The Houn’ Dawgs finished the season in third place in the Big 8 East, falling in the district opener game against Seneca, thus ending their season. Aurora had to battle back from a 14-point deficit, and although they scored on their last four possessions, they were unable to finish the job. Still, the 2020 season was a step in the right direction for this program. “How we respond to last year’s win loss record in preparing for this year’s challenges will be the difference in a better outcome for our 2021 season,” Weldy says.

RETURNING STARTERS (2020 stats)

FB/LB Ian Jackson (Sr) 6’0”, 205 lb – Big 8 East 1st Team LB, SWMFCA All-Area 1st Team LB, MFCA All-District 1st Team LB, MFCA 3rd Team All-State LB

OG/DE Kyle Anderson (Sr) 6’0”, 195 lb – Big 8 East 1st Team OL, Big 8 East 1st Team DE, SWMFCA All-Area 1st Team OL, SWMFCA 1st Team DE, MFCA All-District DE

RB/DB Kohl Rohlman (Sr) 5’10”, 155 lb – Big 8 East 1st Team RB, Big 8 East 1st Team DB, Big 8 East 2nd Team Returner, SWMFCA All-Area 1st Team RB, SWMFCA All-Area 2nd Team DB, Returner, MFCA All-District DB

OT/DE Felix Barrientos-Perez (Sr) 5’11”, 206 lb – Big 8 East 2nd Team OL, Big 8 East HM DE, SWMFCA All-Area HM OT, SWMCA All-Area HM DE

RB/DB Brendon Hall (Sr) 5’10”, 155 lb – Big 8 East 2nd Team DB, Big 8 East HM All Purpose Back, SWMFCA All-Area HM DB, SWMFCA All-Area HM Kick Returner

WR/DB Gavin Youngblood (Sr) 5’10”, 145 lb – Big 8 East HM DB, SWMFCA All-Area HM DB

TE/LB Cameron Savage (Sr) 6’1”, 160 lb – SWMFCA All-Area 2nd Team TE

OG/DL Jackson Cline (Jr) 5’11”, 190 lb – Big East 2nd Team OG, SWMFCA All-Area HM OL

OG/DT Ethan Husmann (Jr) 6’3”, 217 lb – SWMFCA All-Area HM DL

QB/DB Aaron Fisher (Sr) 5’11”, 165 lb

TE/LB Ryan Clark (Sr) 6’0”, 210 lb

OTHER KEY RETURNERS

OL/DL Alex Dewitt (Jr) 6’1”, 242 lb

WR/RB/DB Daunte Floyd (Jr) 6’3”, 185 lb

OL/DL Michael Barrientos (So) 5’11”, 230 lb

SCHEDULE:

8/27 @ McDonald County

9/3 vs. Monett

9/10 vs. Logan Rogersville

9/17 @ Mt. Vernon

9/24 vs. Catholic

10/1 @ Hollister

10/8 vs. Marshfield

10/15 @ Reeds Spring

10/22 @ Nevada

2021 SEASON OUTLOOK

There are 11 seniors on this year’s squad that have three to four years of varsity experience. “For the first time in five years, we will be fielding a fairly experience offensive squad made up of seniors and juniors,” Weldy says. Senior Felix Barrientos and juniors Jackson Cline, Ethan Husmann and Alex Dewitt will be the key players on the offensive line. The run game for the Houn’ Dawgs should pose a big threat to opponents. Kohl Rohlman, who’s known for his speed, will be leading the group. Also in the backfield is Ian Jackson and Brendon Hall. “Jackson is power runner with good speed and is sure-handed in the passing game,” Weldy says. “Brendon has good speed, runs hard and has been our utility player.” First team All-Conference guard, Kyle Anderson, is moving to the running back position, adding another threat for the Houn’ Dawgs. Weldy says the team needs to improve its passing game. Receiver Daunte Floyd will be an important piece of that effort. On the other side of the ball, nine starters are returning. “We will be lining up a more mature, experienced defensive group,” Weldy says. Jackson will lead the group. He finished last season with 102 tackles. “I feel excited for this season,” Jackson says. “This is something I’ve looked forward to since I was a little kid. I hope that everything that all of us are working hard for pays off! There is not a player on the team that hasn’t worked for this moment from our freshmen all the way to us seniors.”

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