Indians aiming for steady improvement
Weyauwega-Fremont team focuses on execution
By Greg Seubert
Weyauwega-Fremont’s football team learned a valuable lesson at a recent football scrimmage at Berlin High School.
“We realized what we have to clean up execution-wise,” first-year coach Pat Fee said Aug. 14 after watching his varsity and junior varsity teams square off against Berlin, Clintonville and Columbus.
“There were a few bright spots, but there were some execution errors that we need to take care of,” he said. “Today was a learning experience. We need work yet, but Rome wasn’t built in a day. We have to steadily improve rep by rep, week by week.”
If the Indians can do that, they should be able to hold their own in the Central Wisconsin-8 Conference against perennial playoff teams like Amherst, Shiocton, Bonduel and Iola-Scandinavia.
“I think they’ve shown that they’re hungry for something new,” Fee said. “They want to progress forward.”
The Indians finished sixth in the CWC-8 last year with a 1-6 record and an overall mark of 3-6.
Fee said players to keep an eye on this season include Trevor Flease, Brandon Hanes, Austin Marker and Nick Burton,
Flease, a second-team all-conference player last year as a sophomore wide receiver, is penciled in as the starting quarterback. Hanes was an honorable mention all-conference linebacker last year as a junior.
Players the Indians have to replace this year include all-conference players Trevor Wetzel, Blake Hudziak, Carl Koch, Anthony Behn and Andy Bork.
“We have to bring our young guys along and teach them to press forward,” Fee said.
A little dose of confidence won’t hurt either, he said.
“We have to get back to where we were,” he said. “The chemistry will be important, but confidence is the biggest thing.
“That’s what’s needed in our conference to win at a high level now,” he added. “If we want to be in the high echelon, we have to do some things and a lot of that starts with getting that confidence back.”
The Indians will open the season at home at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, with a nonconference matchup with Adams-Friendship. The CWC-8 opener is set for Friday, Sept. 4, in Stevens Point against Pacelli.
• Greg Seubert covers Waupaca, Iola-Scandinavia, Weyauwega-Fremont and Manawa sports for The Waupaca County Post. He can be reached at [email protected] or 715-258-4346.