The Black Hills State Yellow Jackets wrapped up their spring football season last Saturday with what head coach John Reiners said was a very successful spring game.
And while spring weather was a bit schizophrenic, the Yellow Jackets' practice schedule was basically undisturbed.
The Yellow Jackets lose a good chunk of their all-conference selections from last season, including running back Phydell Paris who broke the 1,000-yard mark three straight seasons, but Reiners said running back Payten Gilmore looked good and there's definite senior leadership returning in Spearfish.
"Really, I think, you look offensively at some guys who stood out ... I think Ryan Hommel you know being this is his fourth year as a starter, we have high expectations for him. He really had a good spring, just as far as being a leader, doing some nice things for us ... and I thought he finished with an outstanding spring game, really stepped up and really made the guys around him better and that's what you want out of your quarterback," Reniers said. "I thought we had some young receivers that have to fill some roles, having three guys graduate. I thought Eriq Swiftwater had a great spring, really did some nice stuff ... so I was really pleased overall, offensively.
"And then Drew Hebel just does what Drew does. It seems like he had an interception and every scrimmage you knew where that guy was. he's continued to be a guy that we know we can lean on and Coach Kerr is kind of builkding some of the defensive stuff around him to allow him to kind of be a freelance guy back there and allow him to do his thing."
While the Yellow Jackets are all done with their spring season ... their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rivals South Dakota Mines and Chadron State will be holding their spring games on Saturday.