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Dupo football hopes to “feed the beast”

By on August 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm

After taking their lumps the last few seasons, the Dupo Tigers football team hopes to “feed the beast” in 2012.

“We have the potential to be a pretty good football team this year,” third-year Dupo coach Kevin Acra said.

“We have a lot of guys coming back that got a lot of playing time last year. When you bring a lot of people back that helps.”

Acra’s bunch will also be playing this season under a new “feed the beast” motto.

“This is something the kids have to understand,” the coach said.

“They have to understand that a tiger is a beast and you’ve gotta keep feeding it a little bit. You’ve gotta push yourself. That’s our goal to keep feeding it. I can only do so much. We’ll see what happens. I can do only so much.”

Dupo High School Football 2012

Pictured are members of the Dupo football team. They are (not listed in any particular order), Joe Gloeckner, Joe Klages, Bret Aldridge, Jimmy Dickerson, Adam Marsalek, Cameron Comte. Chase Ham, Kyle Luttrull, Danny Ritefle, Dan Dovers, Alex Ball, Codee Keys, Alex Potts, Levy Hall, D.J. Rarden, Mike Chartrand, Tyler Barnes, Dustin Kemp, Kodi LaChase, Thomas Nichols, Mike Williamson, Matt Mueller, Josh Jordan, Torry Jackson, Billy Duty, Dale Rea, Austin Schmid, Sean Johnson, Jacob Williams, Kyle LaChase, Josh Biggs, Dakota Carner and Corey Biggs. The three student assistants are Jodie Kenner, Arial Woody and Samantha Turner. (Kermit Constantine photo)

To view the Dupo football preview video, click here.

Dupo will have six to seven returning starters on both  sides of the ball.

“The guys that are returning are impact players,” Acra said. They are guys that gain yards, make catches, and who made throws last year for us.“

We lost four lineman that we are replacing this year. That’s going to be tough, but we’ve got some talent there.”

Among the Tigers returning this fall are senior linebacker and wide out Jimmy Dickerson, junior quarterback Brett Alridge, and  junior tight end Tyler Barnes.

Dupo will have a number of running backs including senior  D.J. Rarden, juniors Kyle LeChance and Kodi LeChance.

Senior Joe Klages is expected to anchor the offensive line.

On defense, junior Corey Biggs (who also plays wide receiver), is returning, as is senior cornerback Sean Johnson.

Acra believes his team will be stronger this fall, noting this is the third year the Tigers have had an offseason training program in place.

He also believes his bunch is more mature.

“They are starting to do some things on their own, which I previously had to push for in the past,” Acra said.

On paper, the Tigers appear to be more athletic and competitive than in recent years.

“We will have a little grit on both sides of the ball,” the coach added.


Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.