Sunday, August 23, 2009

Vienna Eagles Football: Mike Rude Wingin' It Again

The Vienna Eagles Football team will play its first season in the Black Diamond Conference of Illinois. The Eagles first varsity football game will be against the Hamilton County Foxes on August 29th.

Are you ready for some football? It isn't the Vienna boys choir, it is football, baby! This team coming back has been the talk around Southern Illinois for a few years. The Eagles are flying into the Black Diamond for their first varsity football season since 1931. 1931! This was the year that the government got the conviction of Al Capone on tax fraud. The boys from Vienna have been playing a few years of underclass football, learning from not one but two Hall of Fame football coaches. Hall of Famer Mike Rude is the head coach while Hall of Famer Al Way has went back to help Harrisburg.

The field is a bit out of the way and it doesn't have lights so pile on out on Saturdays to watch Vienna battle in the historic Black Diamond Conference. Other schools from across the region have been pitching in to help Vienna. The scoreboard comes from Carmi High School, the press box from Marion High School, and the goal posts from Carbondale High School. How good will the Eagles be? Very hard to tell but with Coach Rude creating DVD's on how to run the unique Single-Wing offense, they might beat a few more teams than expected. We see a sixth or seventh place team at the end of the year, but five wins could get Vienna into the playoffs as the sixth Black Diamond team that qualifies for a playoff berth.

What is the Single Wing and why is it different?
The Single Wing is an unbalanced line where lineman are pulling and trapping and it doesn't feature the quarterback, but instead has a blocking back. Rude has traveled the nation helping teams install this offense and has a line of successful DVD's. From the DVD Sales page - "After only four years of running the Single Wing at Johnston City, Coach Rude's team has averaged over 4,000 rushing yards a season and has had six rushers with over 1,000 rushing yards. Using this rush-oriented offense will allow your team to control the clock, limit turnovers, and have fun with a new style of successful football." Mike Rude's Championship Production DVD.

Mike Rude (189-125, 40 coaching experience), one of the area's most storied coaches is the only area coach to win conference titles in three different leagues (Southwest Egyptian - Currently the SIRR-Miss. plus Murphysboro, Black Diamond, South Seven) while coaching Anna-Jonesboro, Johnston City, and Marion and among active coaches is only second to Du Quoin's Al Martin in wins (203-38).

The players do not have varsity experience but 42 are out for varsity with 37 returning with game experience. Ten players are returning starters on offense and ten are returning starters on defense. Two players to watch are seniors Colton Krelo (TB 5'10 190) on offense and Jose Ruiz (5'7 195) at Guard and Defensive End. Again, with the single wing offense lineman are pulling and trapping so look out for Martin Powell (G/LB 6'1 235) and Center Josh Wiltermood (6'4 210). Also in the backfield are junior Dillon Hall (5'8 160) and senior Reedus Maynor (FB/LB 6'1 240) and Dylan Kramp (WB/FB 6'1 150). Gaining varsity experience for next year will also be juniors Garrett Mattox (TE/DE 6'4 215), Branden Leeds (DB 5'10 150), and Trae Foster (DB 5'10 150).

Great Stories not yet Written that we would like to see
Because this is preseason of year one we can take a look at the season and pick out some great stories that may or may not happen. They might be far fetches, but it is fun to take a look.

•Vienna wins its first varsity football game since 1931.
•Vienna qualifies for the playoffs. Five Wins and they are in!
•Vienna goes undefeated at home. OK, this might sound crazy but the scheduling for the first year games was pretty fair. The Eagles have Hamilton County (first varsity game and also first home game), Carmi-White County which is coming off of a bit of a down year, Elverado-Trico, Eldorado, and the last home game of the year which puts Mike Rude against his old team of Johnston City.
•Mike Rude upsets his former team, the Johnston City Indians.

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Vienna, GA 31092


1 comment:

Singlewingoffensefan said...

Best of Luck Mike!

Dave Cisar