NEW ULM - Success breeds success.
That may well be the best way to describe the 2014 New Ulm Cathedral football team.
After going 7-4 last season, the Greyhounds return all but four graduated seniors to this year's team.
"We lost one starter on offense and three off defense," said Cathedral coach Denny Lux. "For a lot of these players it will be their fourth year on varsity and we can tell in practice going through the routine. Our overall team is quicker, our speed is better and we have had another year in the weight room."
Returning is quarterback Collin Helget (651 yards passing and six touchdowns). Lux said that Helget is a lot stronger and is more confident for his senior season.
"He knows that he has to lead the team," Lux said.
And looking at the talent that is returning in the backfield besides Helget, it is evident where the team confidence comes from.
Returning at fullback is senior Austin Cooper (1,115 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns) as well as junior Michael Skillings (526 yards and eight touchdowns).
Bryan Kokesch (281 yards) returns at halfback along with Andrean Castillo. Wingback is Jacob Gangelhoff (861 yards and nine touchdowns) and Isiah Osborne.
Junior Gabe Knowles, who rushed for 572 yards last year, has been moved to wide receiver.
That depth gives Lux the luxury of not having to play many players both ways especially midway through the season.
"Our goal is to have only four guys playing both ways by then," Lux said. "That will be a big part of our success if we can get a lot of different players on the field on offense, defense and special teams."
Lux said that his players' maturity is what is special about this year's team.
"Each team tries to live up to the team before them and we have been fortunate to have some real solid teams," he said. "This team wants to keep that going."
Gangelhoff, who also totaled 201 yards in receiving, said that the returning experience is nice to have.
"We have depth from people who can step on the field with fresh legs," Gangelhoff said. "You are just more confident in games. We need to stay focused each game."
Gangelhoff said that as a senior, he wants to show confidence to the younger players.
"That has been passed down for years here from seniors to the younger players," Gangelhoff said.