Although the Muskie ‘B’ football team went winless last year, co-coach Bob Fryer, in his first season at the helm, remains optimistic of the campaign ahead.
Fryer, who took over the junior program along with Don Canfield, replaces his son, Ron, who was the team’s head coach last season.
The younger Fryer has taken a position this season as the receivers coach with the senior Muskies under head coach Bob Swing.
But despite last season’s poor record, Bob Fryer said things were “looking pretty good” so far at training camp. And he’ll get a first-hand look at where his troops stand tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. when they travel to Roseau to meet the Rams.
About 30 kids are practising with this year’s ‘B’ squad, said Fryer, which includes a “fair number” of returning players looking to help turn around last season’s dismal record.
“We look a little short on the offensive and defensive lines," admitted Fryer. "But where we are strong is at quarterback with Gary Wager.”
Wager will see double-duty this season, handling the starting pivot position with the Muskie “Bees” while also backing up Jon Caul on the senior squad.
“He has good experience and a good arm,” Fryer said of Wager.
He also called running back Scott Witherspoon the centre of a solid nucleus of talent in the backfield.
Because there’s a lot of youth involved at this age, Fryer said his team will try to keep plays and systems “simple” in the early going, with the intent of progressing to more difficult ones later on.
“You’re basically dealing with a bunch of rookies so you have to make things simple,” he said, adding he’s been impressed with the team’s enthusiasm and work ethic so far.
“We’re going to keep things simple and work at our own pace,” he added.
After Roseau, the “Bees” will visit Baudette next Tuesday before hosting their first home game of the season Thursday, Sept. 18 against International Falls.