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There is a new energy around the Fisher Bunnies this season. They think this might be the year they get back in the hunt for a Heart of Illinois Conference title. Head coach Matt Leng says the team's senior leadership has been taken to a new level this year. "I think the team chemistry is really good," Leng said. "A lot of that has to do with the seniors. They've done a lot of offseason work, and they've really busted their butts out here." That high praise from the coach has led to some never-before-seen confidence from his players. Fisher is coming off a 2-7 season, their worst in Leng's 11 years, and they expect to bounce back in a big way. "I don't know if I've ever felt more confident about a team in my whole high school career," said Hayden Fiedler, a senior tight end and defensive end. "With the combination of the size and strength we have up front, with the speed and quickness in the back, we've got four backs we can hand the ball off to." And paving the way for those backs will be senior lineman Josh Wallick. He expects the team to be more balanced on offense than they were a year ago. "This year we have a lot more balance," Wallick said. "We always had good linemen, but this year its going to be even better. Our backfield is a little bit more balanced. We have the speed and we have the strength." Fisher has made the playoffs 8 of the last 11 years under Leng, and he believes they've got the talent to get back into the postseason. "I think offensively and defensively, we're going to be much improved than we were last year," said Leng. Fisher opens the season Friday, August 30th at home against Ridgeview.
FISHER -- There is a new energy around the Fisher Bunnies this season.  They think this might be the year they get back in the hunt for a Heart of Illinois Conference title.

Head coach Matt Leng says the team's senior leadership has been taken to a new level this year.

"I think the team chemistry is really good," Leng said.  "A lot of that has to do with the seniors.  They've done a lot of offseason work, and they've really busted their butts out here."

That high praise from the coach has led to some never-before-seen confidence from his players.  Fisher is coming off a 2-7 season, their worst in Leng's 11 years, and they expect to bounce back in a big way.

"I don't know if I've ever felt more confident about a team in my whole high school career," said Hayden Fiedler, a senior tight end and defensive end.  "With the combination of the size and strength we have up front, with the speed and quickness in the back, we've got four backs we can hand the ball off to."

And paving the way for those backs will be senior lineman Josh Wallick.  He expects the team to be more balanced on offense than they were a year ago.

"This year we have a lot more balance," Wallick said.  "We always had good linemen, but this year its going to be even better.  Our backfield is a little bit more balanced.  We have the speed and we have the strength."

Fisher has made the playoffs 8 of the last 11 years under Leng, and he believes they've got the talent to get back into the postseason.

"I think offensively and defensively, we're going to be much improved than we were last year," said Leng.

Fisher opens the season Friday, August 30th at home against Ridgeview.
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