Duster Football Team 1-2 After Three Games


Stiff arming an Ogallala linebacker, senior Drake Johnson runs for a first down in the first game of the season.

by Tate Florell, Staff Member


The Holdrege Duster football team has had a familiar start to the season but not against familiar foes. Head Coach Jason Hale,  entering his twentieth season at the realm, has a new challenge ahead and that’s adapting the the new C1 schedule and countless holes in the roster left open by last year’s seniors. The Dusters have a 1-2 record through the first three games. They have played Ogallala, Fillmore Central, and Gothenburg.

The boys lost 40-13 against the fifth ranked Gothenburg Swedes. The offense moved the ball well the whole game and the defense had glimpse of good plays. But this wasn’t enough to beat the Swedes.

I think our team did a great job against Gothenburg. We gave up some plays we probably shouldn’t have but every game has things you can fix. We played great defense in the first and part of the second half and I think we found ourselves in the passing game a little more in the second half. We have a few things to fall back on now if things aren’t going right between the hashes,”  stated senior Aaron Drews.

Scoring for the Dusters versus Gothenburg included: a Drake Johnson pass to Treven Melroy in the first quarter and another Drake Johnson pass to Cole Watt in the third quarter.

“This year the team is focused on helping each other get better every day which is different than years past. One of our biggest strengths as a team is our ability to learn and improve from week to week. We have shown great improvements every time out,” stated junior Ethan Twohig.