McCall - Donnelly High School
Conference: 2A Western Idaho Conference
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Head Coach: Lee Leslie
Years as Head Coach: 2nd Season
Previous Experience: 32 years
Record Last Year: 2-6
Tim Thomas, OL/DL
Cody Hansen, RB/LB
Mark Wright, WR/DB
Kaden Deluna, TE/DE, 11
Doug Wilkinson, FB/LB, 12
Ben Knudson, QB/DE, 11
Miguel Rodriguez, WR/DB, 12
Logan Spade, WR/DB, 12
Bryce Moss, RB/LB, 12
Kyle Sellers, RB/DB, 11
River Park, OL/DL, 12
Thomas Fagundes, OL/DL, 12
Returning Players with Honors:
Kaden Deluna, TE/DE All-Conference
Doug Wilkinson, FB/LB All-Conference
Miguel Rodriguez, WR/DB All-Conference
Key Players lost from last year:
Kam Nay, OL/DL
Tanner Borgeson, WR/DB
Incoming impact players:
Tyler See, OL/DE, 11
Noah Ormsby, WR/DB, 9
Dalton Bradshaw, RB/LB, 12
Written by: Sven Alskog
While there was progression in the first year of the Lee Leslie era for the McCall-Donnelly football program, the Vandals hope to really see the fruits of their labor from a long offseason as the 2016 season gets set to begin.
That offseason was spent getting better where it matters most, coming together as a team and of course, the weight room.
"They have been in the weight room since Thanksgiving!" said Leslie.
As can be expected, that effort to get stronger in the trenches has also helped to bring more of a team feel for the Vikings.
"Bonding and brotherhood," said Leslie. "It was not here, now it is."
What was an inexperienced team last season now has some varsity game action under its belt, and that could be a scary thing for 2A Western Idaho Conference competition.
All-Conference honorees Kaden Deluna, Doug Wilkinson and Miguel Rodriguez all bring unique skill-sets to the table.
Deluna is a 6'5" tight end talent, who at 215 pounds can bowl right over defenders, while also dishing out the punishment on the defensive line.
Wilkinson is a 220 pound fullback type who also mans the linebacking core for McCall-Donnelly.
Rodriguez is the much needed stretch the field speed option that Leslie will hope to get more involved in the offense this year with an improved passing attack.
Ten starters return offensively including junior quarterback Ben Knudson.
"The passing game should improve drastically, as well as the offensive line," said Leslie.
On the other side of things, the Vikings will look to force more turnovers.
Expect McCall-Donnelly to be a tougher matchup than the school has been in years past, with the Vikings having the pieces in place to potentially disrupt the ecosystem of what has been a conference recently dominated by Nampa Christian.
The Vikings begin the season on August 26 at Orofino.