Football preview: Cloquet Lumberjacks
The talented 'Jacks need to stay healthy to remain competitive in Section 7AAAA; team debuts Aug. 30 at home against Two Harbors.
Head coach: Tom Lenarz
Assistant coaches: Jamie Fast, Taylor Kolb, Paul Riess, Jeff Ojanen, Ryan Lindstrom, Kyle Wordelman, Lance Horvat
Returning starters: Markus Pokornowski, FB and LB; Mason Erickson, C; Dane Kiehn, DE; Trey Harkins, FS; Derek Rengo, LB.
New faces to watch: Eric Elwood, OL; Dow Jones, OL; Luke Sandy, LB; Cal Pertler, CB.
Team strengths: "We will be very athletic in the backfield," Lenarz said. "Markus Pokornowski is one of the best running backs in the area and rushed for over 1,000 yards last season."
Biggest challenge: "Schools our size need to stay healthy to have success," Lenarz said. "While our core is talented we are not as deep as some of the schools we play in our section."
Coach's assessment: "We feel like we are going to be very competitive in both our district and our section," Lenarz said. "While we don’t have a large number of returning starters, the kids coming back all have various amounts of varsity experience."