HARTINGTON — The 2013 Hartington Wildcats have some big shoes to fill.
The Wildcats and Humphrey Bulldogs met on the gridiron for the first time ever last season, with Hartington pulling away in the second half for a 33-14 win.
It marked a great start to one of the greatest seasons in school history as the victory marked the first of nine straight Wildcat wins in 2012 — a season that ended with the first football playoff victory in school history.
The Wildcats have 29 members on this year’s squad, but gone are the big guns from the 2012 offense that rolled up an average of 35 points per game.
Long-time field general Nick Miller has graduated, taking his 1,305 rushing yards and 228 passing yards from 2012 with him.
Defensive dynamo Reece Pedersen, who led the team in tackles for two years in a row, has also graduated.
The Wildcats return just two starters from last year’s offense and two from the defense. Returning lettermen Ty Dybdal, Pat Wortmann and Riley Haug are all expected to play big roles on this year’s team. Dybdal and Haug should anchor the line.
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