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Football preview: ‘High end talent, but not high end depth’

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As Jason Telecky prepares for his 10th year as the Monticello football head coach, he’s looking forward to an exciting and challenging season.

The football teams 2019 record was 5-5. And Telecky’s overall record as head coach at Monticello is 49-46.

The season came to an end after losing in the section semi-finals to Elk River. They made it to the Prep Bowl and won three out of the last four.

When looking forward coach Telecky has high expectations and also expressed his areas of concern.

“We should have a competitive team, we return a pretty good number of players on offense and defense,” coach said. “However, we don’t have a lot of depth along the offensive line and the defensive line. We have high end talent, but not high end depth.”

Returning starters on offense include: Thomas Van Culin, Alex Tack, Avery Fluekiger, Eli Kuhn, Calvin Schmitz, Sam Valor and Gus Hangsleben.

Returning starters on defense include: Jacob Suter, Riley Banyai, Avery Fluekiger, Jared Pearson, Sam Valor and Calvin Schmitz.

Of those players the 2019-20 captains are Jacob Suter, Alex Tack, Sam Valor and Thomas Van Culin.

Telecky ranked the competitors from top to bottom in the district for this football season.

He predicts Elk river, Cambridge-Isanti, Andover, Monticello, St. Francis, Rogers, Chisago Lakes and Buffalo.

There are a lot of good competitors that Monticello will face this season. It all started with Becker on Friday, Aug. 30.

Football season is fully underway.

Reach Jessie Meyen at jessie.meyen@ecm-inc.com

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