Dola Hardin Northern tries to rebound from first losing season in 25 years

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Dola Hardin Northern Polar Bears

Pete Brunow (218-63) enters his 26th year at Hardin Northern on the
heels of his first losing season at the school. That’s right. The Polar
Bears had 24 straight winning records under the legendary head coach
prior to last season. Question is now – can they rebound?


Dola Hardin Northern (2-8)

* Players to Watch – FB/LB Nathan Ruhle (Sr.); TE Logan Price (Jr.); DB Dylan Shepherd (Sr.); OT Caleb Combs (Sr.); RB Joe Walters (Sr.)

* Outlook –
Pete Brunow (218-63) enters his 26th year at Hardin Northern on the heels of his first losing season at the school. That’s right. The Polar Bears had 25 straight winning records under the legendary head coach prior to last season.

Question is now – can they rebound? 

Hardin Northern, which has been to the playoffs 12 times (all since 1994), was the D-VI state champion in 2004. The Polar Bears have been absent from the playoffs though for two years after a string of six straight 10-0 regular seasons.

Does the momentum swing this year?

Brunow hopes so. The coach believes his offense will be “better” with the return of eight starters, including Ruhle, Price, Combs and Walters. Last year points were at a premium for the Polar Bears who scored over 20 points four times and were shut out twice. Conversely, in 2007, DHN failed to reach double-figures only once.

Defensively the Polar Bears must fill holes on the line and in the backfield and shore up a unit that surrendered an uncharacteristic 29.9 points per game last season (DHN allowed just 17.7 in 2007).

The offense must carry the team early.

Said Brunow: “We hope to build our way back up to the top of the league but it won’t be easy.”

A rugged Blanchard Valley Conference slate – including meetings with Liberty-Benton, Arlington, Pandora-Gilboa and McComb – awaits.

Schedule

8/28 ADA
9/4 @ VANLUE
9/11 @ CORY-RAWSON (RAWSON)
9/18 VAN BUREN
9/25 @ MC COMB
10/2 PANDORA-GILBOA
10/9 @ LEIPSIC
10/16 @ LIBERTY-BENTON
10/23 ARLINGTON
10/30 ARCADIA

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