COUNTDOWN TO TWO-A-DAYS: Merkel Badgers

Football is just around the corner, and we at BigCountryPreps.com are committed to bringing you the information you need to prepare for your favorite team’s season.

We’ll be releasing our Big Country Preps Preseason Football Preview, the most comprehensive look at the upcoming Big Country football season anywhere, on Wednesday, Aug. 17. But you won’t have to wait until then to sate your gridiron appetite.

Leading up to the first day of fall football practice on Aug. 1, we’ll be spotlighting each 11-man team in the area and posing some of the key questions they’ll face in 2022 as part of our annual “Countdown to Two-a-Days” series.

We stay in Class 3A Division II with the Merkel Badgers. On Friday we will take a look at the Breckenridge Buckaroos followed by the Clyde Bulldogs on Saturday.

MERKEL BADGERS

LAST YEAR’S RECORD

  • 4-6 overall, 1-4 District 5-3A Division II

ONE KEY STAT

  • Merkel has had four losing seasons in a row and eight in the last nine years. 

TWO NAMES TO KNOW

  • Senior QB/DB Joey Zink
  • Senior WR/DB Ryan Link

THREE BURNING QUESTIONS

  • Can the Badgers make enough progress in their second year under coach Will Cates to earn a playoff spot out of the ultra-competitive District 5-3A Division II?
  • Who will emerge as playmakers in the backfield with returning quarterback Joey Zink?
  • Can experienced lines shorten the learning curve for Merkel’s five new offensive and seven new defensive starters?

DON’T MISS BIG COUNTRY PREPS PRESEASON FOOTBALL PREVIEW ON AUG. 17!

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