2-A-Days: Le Mars

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LE MARS, Iowa (ABC9 Sports)–Over the past 17 years, Le Mars has been one of the most successful teams in the area, qualifying for the playoffs 13 of those seasons. But the last three years have been a roller coaster.

In 2011 the Bulldogs went 1-8 and then followed that with a 7-3 campaign before a 3-7 mark last year. Three of those losses though, were by a touchdown or less.

This season, Le Mars is again in a tough district, ending their season with games against Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley and Bishop Heelan. 

But with a handful of starters back, Coach Gabe Tardive has some talent to work with. Beau Ohm is back in the backfield after leading the team with just under 900 yards of total offense last season. On the outside, Tyler Borchers hauled in a team-high 44 catches last year for 579 yards and three touchdowns and should see those numbers improve this fall.

As has been the case for the last two decades, the Bulldogs are expecting to play late into the fall.

“We hope to set high expectations and you know we’ve kind of put ourselves in a good position,” said Tardive. “We want to do things, but you know really our focus this year is on improving ourselves each week.”

“On the back of our shirt it says trust,” said Ohm, “and that’s what we’ve been doing. We’ve been trusting our guys and our other players so that’s been a big stress for us.”

“If you can trust everybody else on the field to do their job, then it makes it easier to do your own job,” added Borchers.

The Bulldogs open the season with a big game against MOC-Floyd Valley on the 29th. The Dutch beat Le Mars by one in overtime last year. 

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