The Mayville High School football team is working hard to get ready for their 2021 alternate-fall football season this spring. The Cardinals enter this most unique season with a new leader as veteran coach and Mayville native Scott Hilber took the reigns from Athletic Director Tom Noennig who stepped down last year.
Hilber told DailyDodge.com that his program was able to get summer contact days in and also some quality time in the weight room as the prepared for the potential fall season. Once school started, he says they stayed involved with football by doing such things as working with youth camps. He added this his athletes were able to get some work in the weight room done around their winter sports seasons and they are a better football team now than they would have been in the fall.
As for numbers, Coach Hilber said his program has about 60 players this season, which is nearly enough to field three teams. He adds that they didn’t lose any players and they will have larger groups in the junior and sophomore classes. Hilber noted that his senior group isn’t big in numbers but have added a few players and the freshman class has done a nice job of recruiting new players.
“I feel that these boys are really starting to take a lot of pride in the program right now and that’s in all do respect to Tom (Noennig) and the foundation that he built here.” Coach Hilber said. “It takes three to four years to do that and Tom was here four years and now you’re starting to see it and football is popular in Mayville again and the kids are excited.”
A number of factors have also allowed the Cardinals to start their season practicing outside. Coach Hilber said a few weeks ago there were thoughts of practicing in vacant buildings and parking lots, but Mother Nature has cooperated. He says members of the program along and also the district’s maintenance crew were able to remove the snow, which allowed it to dry out and make it safe to practice on.
As for games this season, the Flyway Conference has scheduled league games at Lomira, Kewaskum and Ripon where they have turf fields. Coach Hilber says he hopes they can find a way to schedule a home game at Ray Dunn Field this spring to have a proper Senior Night for his team.
The Cardinals open their season on Friday, March 27th against Laconia at Lomira.
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