GLYNDON, Minn.-- The Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels football team has opened the season 2-0 for the third consecutive year and face the Perham Yellow Jackets coming up this Friday.
Through two games this year, the Rebels have outscored their opponents 36-18, and have a 17-2 record in their last 19 games.
The culture is well-established under head coach Tony Soderberg, who enters his 13th season as the head football coach at DGF. He's coached plenty of players, but maybe none like 6-foot-6 junior Owen Leach.
"He's got some nice attributes that everybody can see, and they're very beneficial in football," said Soderberg of his junior quarterback.
Leach has been the starting quarterback on the varsity team for the last two years, but sustained a sprained ankle last year which ended his season early. So far through two games, he's enjoying being back on the field.
"This is my third year and every single year it's been so much fun. Just even the bus, the team meals, it's the most fun part," said Leach. "Just going together and being with a group of guys, that's the most fun thing and just playing under the lights on Friday."
At 6-foot-6, Leach is hard to miss on the gridiron. He's head-to-toe filled with joy. He and his coach both joke about Leach spending more time at quarterback than wide receiver."
"You'll see him at receiver a couple times," said Soderberg. "We've got a couple plays where we'll put him out there."
"Our first week we had a scrimmage against Barnesville, we had a 5'5" guy line up against me and I'm just like, 'Just throw me the ball,'" Leach said laughing. "But [Soderberg] lets me do a lot of freedom and have fun out there and that's what I love the most about it."
Away from the football field, Leach is a standout on the hardwood. As a sophomore for the Rebels, Leach averaged nearly 23 points and over 11 rebounds a game. He's brought that athleticism over to the football field.
"It helps a lot," he said. "Most of my training that goes into [football] has helped basketball. Just like the quickness and speed of that, and everything."
His teammates marvel at his potential.
"I can't explain it. I don't know how," started senior running back and linebacker McKale Pierson. "He's from another world. He can play basketball like anyone, like freaking Michael Jordan; and then comes out here, throws the ball like Tom Brady. It's crazy, amazing to watch."
Despite his undeniable talent on the gridiron, for Leach, one of the most brutal sports just serves as a break from hoops.
"Basketball's fun, but this is kinda my vacation so to speak. I get three months off in the year to go have fun and play football, so that's the most fun," said Leach. "I get to play football with my guys from my school, which my basketball - I don't really get to play cause I'm down in Minneapolis every weekend."
Leach and the Rebels will be featured in WDAY's Game of the Week this Friday against Perham. Kickoff is 7 p.m. and will be streamed on WDAY Xtra as well as inforum.com.