Beyond the Gridiron: New District has the Greyhounds Excited to Play Area Teams

Chelsie Brown
September 05, 2017 10:54 PM

Their fourth quarter spark came just a tad too late as Duluth East dropped their home opener by a final score of 30-15 against familiar opponent Big Lake.

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"I think we were just kind of nervous," said Duluth East senior wide receiver and linebacker Evan Anderson. "There's a lot of players that haven't been playing varsity for a couple years and a lot of new people. We were all just really excited to get into the new season."

They won't be seeing much of the Hornets anymore. Beginning this year, the team has been relocated to Northeast District to play more locally-based teams. They'll face their first local opponent this week as the Hounds are set to host Proctor on Friday.

"The closer the games, the more fans we're going to get and the bigger the fan section. It's going to be awesome," said Duluth East senior running back and linebacker Tharald Kimball.

"It will be fun just because we'll have their fans coming here, so the stands will be packed," added Anderson.

"To have them on our schedule now, with that level of familiarity, and just the fact that they are natural rivalries too. You know, they are not 150 miles away so I think it's going to make the game a lot more exciting," said Duluth East Head Coach Joe Hietala.

Other area teams such as Hermantown, Grand Rapids, Hibbing, Cloquet and cross-town rival Duluth Denfeld are also listed among the Hounds schedule this season.

"I think Duluth East football is going to be relevant in the area because we're playing the area football teams," added Hietala.


Chelsie Brown

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