Maple, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- The Northwestern football team went (4-5) in the 2013 season and missed the WIAA postseason for the first time in five years, but a returning 1,000-yard rusher and a big offensive line give this year's Tigers a good chance to get the program back on track.
Junior running back Nate Pearson rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season and added eight touchdowns, and head coach Dennis Scherz says he's not the only threat in his team's offense.
"Yes, we will be a very dominating running team," Scherz said, "but we do have a real nice quarterback in Nick Johnson that definitely knows how to lead a team and throw the ball."
As for Pearson himself, he's just happy to be back playing football and running behind a strong offensive line.
"Mainly everyone's returning," he said. "We've got a big line and a lot of returning backs. It should be a good year."
Northwestern's first game of the 2014 season is scheduled for Aug. 22 against Ashland.