Varsity Football · 2019 Football Season Preview

Grades 9-12 White Hawks Football Team / photo by Robert Photography

Following a productive off-season in the weight room and at summer camps, the Mound Westonka High School football team is chomping at the bit to get the 2019 season underway. The White Hawks went 6-3 last season, ending the year with a tough 17-23 loss to Lake Minnetonka rival Orono in the Section 5AAAA playoffs.

“We are really excited to get this season going, as we believe we have what it takes to make a deep playoff run,” said Nick David, who returns for his seventh season as White Hawks head coach.

2019 team captains Isaiah Dempsey (left) and Cameron Oates (right) with head coach Nick David / photo by Robert Photography

David is joined by an experienced grades 9-12 coaching staff of Mike Wallace, Jared Chapman, Brian Ibs, Doug Runke, Zac Coauette, Kurt Bowe, Kellen Kersten, Mike Schwartz, Colin Charlson and Jackson Rynda. This year’s varsity team captains are seniors Isaiah Dempsey and Cameron Oates.

The White Hawks return five starters from last year’s offense, including 2018 All-District selection Dempsey (OL). Other returning starters include junior running back Tucker Anderly and seniors Matt Hoh (OL), Calvin MacKell (WR) and Adam Nobs (RB).

There are five returning starters from the 2018 White Hawks defense that held opponents to 13.7 points per game: junior Trent Bowe (DB) and seniors Dempsey (DL), Oates (DB), Seth Anderson (LB) and Dillon Somnis (LB). They also return senior kicker and punter Daniel Neve on special teams.

Coach David looks forward to seeing underclassmen and newcomers step up to fill vacant starting positions. Key newcomers that are expected to assist on both sides of the ball this year include seniors Dylan Albert (DL), Jack Bullock (OL), Ryan Fitz (OL/DL) and Noah Lietzau (DB); juniors Logan Leonard (WR/DB), Michael Nolen (LB) and EJ Van Dyken (LB); and sophomore quarterback Tyler Von Bank.

White Hawks to Face Holy Family in Season Opener
The White Hawks open their season at Holy Family Catholic High School on Thursday, Aug. 29. The game begins at 7 p.m.

“We are really excited to kick off our season against our old Wright County Conference rival, Holy Family, as we haven’t played them since 2013,” said coach David.