Luther football team will have the same philosophy this year, but a much more diverse playbook

Posted: Wed, Aug 22, 2018 2:49 PM
13 seniors will provide leadership to the Luther football team

When a football season has its first winning season in 12 years, as the Luther Norse did last year, there usually aren't many changes the next fall.  But last year's football head coach, Aaron Hafner, accepted a job at Olathe Northwest High School in the Kansas City area, later being named head football coach at that high school when the previous head coach retired.  Luther quickly appointed the defensive coordinator for the Norse football program the past three years, Caleb Padilla, as head football coach.

Padilla says the philosophy of the Norse will be the same this year--to control the game by controlling the clock.  But he says it will be a much different offensive playbook, with many new formations.

Part of the reason for the change is the large incoming class of freshman football players, including players with a lot of speed on both offense and defense.  "It's an exciting roster," he told, noting that the 13 seniors on the squad have done a good job this fall in helping the younger players, including 38 freshmen, get involved in the program.

The Norse open their 2018 season on Saturday, September 1st, facing the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse at 1:00 p.m. at Carlson Stadium.

Senior Jacob Leeps is the lone Decorah High School graduate on this year's team
Head coach Caleb Padilla and his staff