The Waterloo football hopes to play fast on both sides of the ball as they get ready for the 2020 season. Veteran head coach Dave Frisell took over the program about a week and a half before practice started in the summer of 2019 and used most of last season to shift the Waterloo’s program to a more up-tempo style than what they had been accustomed to. The Pirates went 1-8 last season, with their lone win being a thrilling 42-41 win over Palmyra-Eagle on September 27th.
Frisell tells DailyDodge.com that it took them most of last season to master some of the nuances of his fast-paced offense and he didn’t have their full offense installed until about week seven. He says it will be fun to build off of last year and looks forward to having most of their offense installed at the beginning of the season.
Being his first full offseason with is team, this was shaping up to be a important one for the program before the pandemic through a monkey wrench into everything. Working through the unique summer, the Pirates were able to get in about a month’s worth of weight training in and also their five contact days. Coach Frisell says that those contact days were a good refresher course of what they were trying to do and the kids seemed to have retained much of what they were trying to do as practice began this week. He says it hasn’t been a perfect offseason but his team is way ahead of where they were last season.
The year’s version of the Pirates includes about 40 players in grades nine through twelve, which is up from last season. Frisell says he has large senior and freshman classes and hopes to add a few more juniors and sophomores once school gets up and running. As he builds the program the goal would be to have at least twelve players in each class to give him a roster of about 50 year in and year out. He says that getting to about 50 players would allow them to run a strong junior varsity program and also have a bit more depth on the varsity. Frisell says that with the athletes they have at the junior high level and below, they will get to the numbers that they are looking for in the near future.
With a large senior class, Waterloo will be brining back a good group of players who saw extensive action in 2019. Senior Blake Huebner, a first team All-Capitol South pick at WR in 2019, will move from receiver to quarterback in 2020. Coach Frisell says that senior Jordi Aguero, 2nd Team All-Capitol South in linebacker in 2019, will be a three-year starter and play running back and linebacker. Fellow senior Reynol Limon, 2nd team All-Capitol South defensive lineman in 2019, also returns this season. Junior Eugene Wolff, Honorable Mention All-Captiol South Linebacker & Punter, also returns and will play both linebacker and running back in 2020.
The Pirates are now part of the new Eastern Suburban Conference for football that includes; Cambridge, Marshall, Clinton, Dodgeland, Markesan, Palmyra-Eagle, and Pardeeville. All the schools but Clinton have decided to play football during the fall season. Frisell says he thinks the new league is a good fit for Waterloo and will give his team a chance to be competitive week in and week out.
If Waterloo is going to win more than they lose this season, coach Frisell says it will come down to line play. He says if they can win some battles up front they have enough skill to do some good things. He adds that they don’t have a lot of depth on the line, so if they can stay together, stay healthy and improve week to week he likes his team’s chances.
Waterloo opens up the season on Friday, September 25th when they travel to Palmyra-Eagle.
Click the link to hear a complete interview with Waterloo football coach Dave Frisell
2020 Waterloo Football Schedule
9/25 @ Palmyra-Eagle
10/2 – OPEN
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