Le Mars football saw immediate improvement under head coach Ken Vigdal in year one. The Bulldogs won just one game in 2020 and turned it around with four wins in 2021. Year one was all about getting the Bulldogs to understand new concepts from a broad perspective. Le Mars has now been able to fine tune their focus into the little things, and head coach Ken Vigdal says they are responding to that well.
Le Mars’ offense includes a number of option reads that the quarterback must make. With a new quarterback under center in Teagen Kasel, it’s important that he is well-equipped to make these reads on the fly. Coach Vigdal says that can only come through quality live reps.
One of the few players with experience dating back to pre-Ken Vigdal is running back Elijah Dougherty. The Bulldogs will continue to rely on the senior who ran for 844 yards and nine touchdowns last season. Coach Vigdal says his strength has always been power running. This year, the Bulldogs would like to utilize him in more than just a power running scheme.
The Bulldogs got an opportunity to scrimmage at Class 2A fourth-ranked Central Lyon/George-Little Rock last week. The defense got a great test going up against Lion quarterback and Hawkeye commit Zach Lutmer. Coach Vigdal was pleased with what he saw out of his defensive line in the scrimmage.
That scrimmage was a great primer for what the Bulldogs will see in week one in Class 3A eighth-ranked Sergeant Bluff-Luton. The Warriors showed no mercy last year to the Bulldogs handing them one of their worst losses of the year by margin of victory. Coach Vigdal says he needs to see the Bulldogs come out fired up and ready to play on Friday night.
Le Mars and Sergeant Bluff-Luton kickoff at 7:00 PM from Jim Lorenzen Field. There will be a tailgate hosted by the Le Mars Booster Club starting at 5:30 PM before kickoff.
Click here to listen to our full interview with Ken Vigdal from Saturday’s Coaches Corner.