‘Two-a-days’: The 2015 Pepin-Alma Eagles

Season Opener: Aug. 21 at Cochrane-Fountain City

For the second straight season, Pepin-Alma is thinking state. And why should they not be? Almost everyone from last year’s playoff run is back, including first-team all-conference running backs Trevor Heit and Lance Johnson.

“Thinking about getting back to state has been a lot of fuel for us,” said senior center Jacob Riesgraf. “We have been working really hard in the weight room and we can see it now paying off. There are a lot of people who have gotten better. You can see it.”

Heit racked up 28 touchdowns last season, and Johnson added 14 to go with his second-best 81.5 tackles for the Eagles.

The biggest question mark is how the team can  replace dominant tight end Ronnie Engstrand who caught a team-high 32 passes for 872 yards, 400 more than any other receiver.

Also, the quarterback position remains open after the Eagles lost first-team all-conference passer Sam Mueller.

“I think we are a lot like last year’s team, but I think we are getting better,” said senior offensive tackle Madison Larson. “Our goal is to be better than last year. I am just excited to throw the pads on and get going.”

Pepin-Alma opens the season on the road against Cochrane-Fountain City on Aug. 21.