Favorites: Dover-Eyota Eagles and Chatfield Gophers
Dark Horses: Kenyon-Wanamingo Knights and the Goodhue Wildcats
Head Coach: Brain Lehnertz
Three Rivers Conference: 6-1 | Overall: 20-10
The Eagles defeated Goodhue 45-30, GMLOS 64-11, and Chatfield 33-30 in the Section 1A championship. The Eagles defeated Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the state quarterfinals 30-26. In the semifinals, they were defeated by Royalton-Upsala 34-33 and West Central Area 35-31 for third. The Eagles had twelve section placewinners last year and two state medal winners. They will have back nine of their section placewinners, including three state placewinners and three state qualifiers. They graduated three seniors, including a pair of state qualifiers. They should be in a real dogfight for the top spot in Section 1 with Chatfield. They will have seven back with 20-plus wins. Their leaders should include Gavin Gust (40-1), Bolton Thesing (39-13), Brody Kellen (38-8), Aidan Gasper (32-20), Jackson Duellman (28-7), Landon Lehnertz (26-15), and Damon Bye (26-16).