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Comets football gearing up

Contributed by admin on Aug 20, 2015 - 09:57 PM
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The Comets are beginning their second season under Head Coach John Haines and began practice with their returning players and transfers on Monday, August 3. The remaining players of the Comets football team are set to report on August 14. 

The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) preseason coaches' football poll has been released with Valley City State University as the favorite to repeat as conference champions. The preseason poll was voted on by league coaches, and coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team. 

The preseason poll is typically based off last year's conference standings which put Valley City at the top as they tallied five first-place votes and 33 total points in this year's poll. VCSU has won the conference title for two consecutive years and qualified for the 2015 NAIA Football National Playoffs. 

Dickinson State University received two first place votes and collected 30 points to finish second in the voting. Jamestown finished third with 26 points, Presentation fourth with 21 points, Dakota State fifth with 20 points, Waldorf sixth with 10 points, and Mayville seventh with seven points. 

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The Comets begin their season on Saturday, August 29 againt the University of Saint Mary (KS) from the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC). Saint Mary finished last season with a 4-7 record overall and 4-5 in the KCAC. Saint Mary begins their season on August 22 against Avila University. The kickoff on August 29 is set for 1pm at Jerome Berg field. The Comet Athletic Club Sportsmen's Raffle will also be held on Saturday, August 29. 

Comet football season preview

Contributed by admin on Aug 20, 2015 - 09:59 PM
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Comets Football returns in the fall looking to build off last year's experiences and become a force in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA). The Comets return 13 starters from last year's squad. Here's Coach John Haines with an in-depth look at his team:

Defensively we have improved our team speed. Weston McGill (Defensive Coordinator) and Nate Gill (DB coach) will have a sophomore and junior filled group to work with. We will have upgraded in the back end of our defense and will very good at linebacker with new additions competing for playing time. Marcus Cheatom will be the cornerstone of the young group up front. With a solid group returning in the secondary and new additions it will improve our pass defense from one year ago.

Offensively we have also upgraded in the speed department as well. The running back group could be the deepest position on offense with some new addition of Martin Stafford and Superior Ried (both Rivals 2 star recruits as high school players). In addition, Jerril Jenkins is back from knee injury last season and spring stand out red-shirt freshman Desmond Earls brings a physical running style to the offense. QB will be very competitive as well as we have Jordan Ares, who won the starting job in spring football, as well as a very athletic Chris Pope and Chris Mayes competing in camp. Upfront Jordan Melendo will be back directing traffic with a solid group of returners.  Israel Evens, Donnel LefotuWilliam Shackelford will be a year older and better in the competition at OL.  The addition of Aaron Johnson (1st team all-conference on defense last season) to the offense will bring an athletic presence to the OT position. Our wide receivers will be a solid group and be asked to pick up the production with Lance Jackson no longer around. Dantrel Horne, Will Simpson, Jacob Lawrence, and Ricky Smith will be an athletic group that worked very well this spring.  With the addition of LJ McMorris to add more speed (track star in high school with sub 10.8 speed in 100m, 4.4 forty in combines through his career).

Overall, we will be improved and feel the product on this field this year with an improved ability to make the big play. With a good group of young talent holding over from last year and some key additions on both sides we should come together. The coaching staff feels that we have a great base group with talent. The first two weeks will test the group with St. Mary and Valley City State to open the year.