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New offense to rely heavily on running back Alex Gumz

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ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) - The Onalaska Hilltoppers offense looks to shift to a new gear this season.

Head Coach Tom Yashinsky, who's motto is "pound the rock," said the team is running a new, faster offensive system.

"We're trying to play faster, we're trying to go up tempo a little bit and just get the guys to the line quicker and get them firing off," Yashinsky said.

"With the new offense and everything, I think it's just, no one is going to expect anything from us and so we just have to go out and prove them wrong," senior wide receiver/defensive back Nate Sweeney said.

"With our new offense, I think that quick pace is going to help us contend up there in the conference," said senior running back/linebacker Dakota Marcon.

The return of leading rusher Alex Gumz could help the new offense tremendously. Gumz is coming off an ankle injury, which caused him to miss a few games last year.

"He's going to carry the load quite a bit," Yashinsky said. "He's going to be the guy we go to on third and short and those kinds of things to convert. He'll carry the ball quite a bit."

As for Gumz? His expectations, both for himself and his team, are big.

"I didn't think I had a good year last year," he said. "I think my injury kind of set me back a little bit. I think expectations are higher, especially as a team. We had high expectations last year but this year we really want a home playoff game."

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