Posted On: 01/4/17 7:00 AM

Totino-Grace sophomore Luke Kubesh made his first start for the Eagles against one of the best programs in the state – Eden Prairie. Lining up at nose tackle in TG's 3-4 defense against run happy Eden Prairie was a great way for a sophomore to have nerves get the best of him. Although Kubesh felt his and his team's play improved after their opening day victory – he was not intimidated with his opening starting assignment.

"I played in a few varsity games as a freshman, so I knew about the pace," Kubesh said. "That helped me and pushed me through. I wasn't too nervous. I thought if I read my blocks right and held up in the middle I thought I would do alright."

Despite the opening day win, Kubesh felt the team started slowly.

"Some of the new players were joining the squad – including me. We were decent against Eden Prairie, but we kept getting better, growing as a team and growing as a family."

The first-year starter felt the defense was the strength of the team, but as the season progressed and the offense found their

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