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PIGSKIN PREVIEW WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2022 | 3 WILLMAR CARDINALS varsity football schedule 2022 Friday, Sep 2, 2022 7:00 PM����������������������������� St� Cloud Apollo Willmar - Hodapp Field @ Kennedy Elem� Friday, Sep 9, 2022 7:00 PM������������������������������������� Hutchinson Willmar High School Friday, Sep 16, 2022 7:00 PM�������������������������� Away vs� Big Lake Big Lake High School Friday, Sep 23, 2022 7:00 PM������������������������������ Away vs� Sartell Sartell - Riverview Intermediate School Friday, Sep 30, 2022 7:00 PM������������������������������������������� Delano Willmar - Hodapp Field @ Kennedy Elem� Friday, Oct 7, 2022 7:00 PM Rocori Willmar - Hodapp Field @ Kennedy Elem� Friday, Oct 14, 2022 7:00 PM���������������� Away vs� Chisago Lakes Chisago Lakes High School Wednesday, Oct 19, 2022 7:00 PM���������������������������� Away vs� Becker Becker High School Check the schools website for a updated events list Schedule sponsored by: WALT'S WILLMAR www.waltscarwash.com/12001stStS.,Willmar CASH WISE FOOD 1300www.cashwise.com/5thStSE,Willmar SUBWAY WILLMAR 605 1st St S, 320-235-7991Willmar ECO WATER SYSTEMS - JOHANNECK WATER 101https://ecowaternow.com/LitchfieldAveSW,Willmar HARVEST BANK - KANDIYOHI www.harvestbankmn.com/321PacificAve,Kandiyohi DUNN BROS - WILLMAR 2800dunnbrothers.com/mn/willmarSouth1stStreet,Willmar CHRISTIANSON PLLP www.christiansoncpa.com/302SW5thSt,Willmar HEARTLAND ORTHOPEDIC 2800heartlandorthopedics.com1stStSSuite220,Willmar WILLMAR BUS SERVICE 1308www.willmarbus.com/7thStSE,Willmar

“This duo will look to make the run game explosive this year,” Konold said. After hauling in 18 catches for 251 yards and five TDs last year, Sam Raitz is back for the third year at wideout while working with another breakout candidate in senior Justuce Gee. He’ll also play safety on defense.

BY JOE BROWN West Central Tribune WILLMAR — Whether it’s on offense or defense, the Willmar Cardinals look to be a bruising force this season.With the bulk of its returning starters on the defensive front seven and the offensive line, Willmar looks to elevate beyond its 6-3 mark in ‘21.

“Lots of Swansonlinebackertackles,Jacob—lineup,startersDistrict.”Northinwillhealthy13th67-60JonCardinalsapproaches,”thefootballsurroundingexcitementtheteamas2022seasonsaidheadcoachKonold,whoisgoingintohisseason.“StayingandhardworkhavetheCardinalsthemixofthetoughCentralWhiteAmongthesevenbackinthethreeseniorsdefensiveendFlannigan(39twosacks),Mattix(120tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 interception) and cornerback Jacob Streed (35 tackles) are anchors on the defensive side. “Jacob is one of the strongest players in Cardinal football history,” Konold said. “His work ethic in the weight room has carried over to the football field. Jacob’s strength and speed make him one of the top defensive ends in the theof…returnspeedplaysabilitymakingaround“MattixKonolddistrict.”added,isalwaysthefootballplays.Histodiagnoseandhisgamemakehimatopinthedistrict.WhateverisaskedJacob,heattackschangewith unbelievable effort and positive attitude.

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“The sky’s the limit for Sam Raitz,” Konold said. “He’s one of the most dynamic athletes to come through Cardinal football.”

The season begins at Hodapp Field on Friday, Sept. 2 against St. Cloud Apollo. Willmar’s Sam Raitz (right) catches a pass in stride past a Big Lake defender for a 33yard receptiontouchdowninthe first quarter of a North Central White district game on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Hodapp Field in Willmar. Joe Brown / West Central

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Rohman was second on the team with 24 receptions for 352 yards and a pair of scores. He also was 36 of 38 in attempts.extra-point Also back is junior running back/defensive back Mason Delzer. He was an all-section pick last season after leading NLS with 771 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.Therewill be plenty of options on offense to help the team’s new quarterback following the graduation of three-year starter Kyle Doty. Gustafson listed junior Grant Paffrath and sophomore Blake Schultz among the team’s options.

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Thursday, Sept 1, 2022 7:00 PM Home vs. St. Cloud Cathedral Friday, Sept 9, 2022 7:00 PM Away vs. Watertown-Mayer - Watertown-Mayer High School Friday, Sept 16, 2022 7:00 PM Home vs. Holy Family Catholic High School Friday, Sept 23, 2022 7:00 PM Away vs. Annandale - Annandale High School Friday, Sept 30, 2022 7:00 PM Home vs. Litchfield Friday, Oct 7, 2022 7:00 PM.... Away vs. Milaca - Milaca High School Friday, Oct 14, 2022 7:00 PM Away vs. Glencoe-Silver Lake - Glencoe-Silver Lake High School Wednesday, Oct 19, 2022 7:00 PM Home vs. Dassel-Cokato Check the schools website for an updated events list

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defensive end Luke Wosmek; center/ defensive tackle Brycen Bergh; and all-districtDowney.back/linebackerrunningHunterDegnerwasanselection.

West Central Tribune file photo NLS Wildcats cornerback Brycen Christensen eyes the Royals’ quarterback in the red zone following the snap on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 in New London.

NEW LONDON — Albeit unconventionalin means, the 2021 New LondonSpicer finishedWildcatswitha .500 record or better for the 16th straight season. That included a 3-5 regular season, followed by three straight wins to take the Section championship6AAAand a berth in the Class AAA state means,Throughtournament.whateverNLSwilltry to keep up that sustained success in 2022. “The ‘Cats have a good blend of seniors and juniors and are trying to build depth at all positions that will allow them to play more players,” said second-year head coach Chad Gustafson. “Last year’s JV went 6-1 and we have a good blend of size, speed and strength that will help in battling through the toughest Class AAA district in theThestate.”Wildcats have one of the area’s top players back in senior 6-foot-4, 190pound wide receiver/ defensive back Brycen Christensen. An allsection and all-district pick, Christensen had 62 receptions for 895 yards and 14 touchdowns.Fivemoreseniors return as starters: running offensivekickerdefensiveDegner;linebackerback/Gavinwideout/back/punter/GabeRohman;lineman/

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6 | WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2022 PIGSKIN PREVIEW ACGC FALCONS varsity football schedule 2022 Friday, Sep 2, 2022 7:00 PM�������������������������������������������������������� B�O�L�D� ACGC High School Friday, Sep 9, 2022 7:00 PM Away vs Kimball Area Kimball High School Friday, Sep 16, 2022 7:00 PM�������������������������������� Long Prairie-Grey Eagle ACGC High School Friday, Sep 23, 2022 7:00 PM Maple Lake ACGC High School Friday, Sep 30, 2022 7:00 PM Away vs USA Swanville High School Friday, Oct 7, 2022 7:00 PM��������������� Away vs� Belgrade-Brooten-ElrosaBelgrade-Brooten-ElrosaHighSchool Friday, Oct 14, 2022 7:00 PM�������������������������������������������������������������� KMS ACGC High School Wednesday, Oct 19, 2022 7:00 PM Away vs Benson Benson High School Tuesday, Oct 25, 2022 7:00 PM��������������������������������������������������������������� TBD High Seed Saturday, Oct 29, 2022 7:00 PM TBD High Seed Friday, Nov 4, 2022 7:00 PM TBD St John’s University - Gagliardi Field and Skalicky Seasonal Dome Check the schools website for a updated events list RYAN BUER ELECTRIC, LLC rbuerelectric@hotmail�com320-894-0287 DAYTON’S BUS SERVICE www�daytonsbus�com320-857-2220 ATWATER HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING atwaterhvac@gmail�com320-974-3621 CARLSON MEAT SHOP www�carlsonmeatshop�com320-857-2261 HARVEST BANK - KANDIYOHI www harvestbankmn com 321 Pacific Ave, Kandiyohi Schedule sponsored by: CALL ME FOR ALL YOUR ELECTRICAL rbuerelectric@hotmail.com320-894-0287NEEDS! 2286 Atwater,RoadCounty4NEMN56209 Joe Brown / West Central Tribune The ACGC defense brings down BOLD’s David Garcia during a Week 1 game on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 at Olivia. ATWATER-COSMOS-GROVE CITY ACGC aims for improvement Falcons hope to better last year’s 3-6 season with a mix of veterans and newcomers

caught four passes for 29 yards in a backup role.Players to watch include Williams, Gratz and junior quarterback Kyler“KylerPickle.and Jacob both have put the time in the weight room to get stronger,” Blom said. “All three of these players will help carry the load for the team thisPickleyear.”threw 55 passes, completing 15 for 165 yards and one touchdown with three interceptions.ACGCopens with Friday,BOLDyoung-but-experiencedasquadat7p.m.Sept.2atACGC.

BY TOM ELLIOTT West Central Tribune BELGRADE — To say the 2021 season felt good for Dingmannhistookstrong-armedLukestarting14thMoscho,helmetsmemory,playersone.willhavemovedlastsatisfyingwrestling,forCrownClassPeterson18-6game.inSwanvilleby4AwinningpostedinschoolBelgradefirststatesaid.coachschoolbestunderstate.Brooten-ElrosaBelgrade-istoItwasthefootballseasoninhistory.“Itwascrazy,”headChrisMoschoBBEqualifiedfortheplayoffsforthetimesincetheandBrootendistrictsmerged1989.TheJaguarsan8-4record,theSectionchampionshipbeatingUpsala/Area52-44thechampionshipTheythenfelltoRushford-inthestateAquarterfinalatCollege.Foraschoolknownitsbasketballanditwasaseason.Andwhilemostofseason’steamhason,theJaguarshopethat2022beapromisingTheyhavethemostoutinrecent42.“Ithinkthat’sallthewehave,”saidwhoisinhisseason.TheyalsoreturnquarterbackDingmann.Thejunioroverin‘21whenbrotherAshtonwashurt.He’llhaveoneof the top targets in Mid State Sub District 3 in Jameson Reed. Reed is 6-foot-5 wide receiver who also plays defensive end. Moscho said that college scouts are said.theirstrongestBOLDGroveAtwater-Cosmos-He’sdistrict,teamstoSunburg.Kerkhoven-Murdock-p.m.challenge.forandcatchingJaguars’weretowhoofhasprogram’skidssaid.goknowline,2021fromhavingletterwinnersthatThey’llSpaniercenter.defensiveSpanier,Alsointerested.backisEthanareturningendandDingmann,Reedandarecaptains.leadasquadhas15returningafterlost13seniorsthememorableseason.“We’llhaveayoungbutatleastwewewon’thavetotwoways,”Moscho“Wehavealotoftoworkwith.”Moschosaidthesuccessencouragedalotplayerstotryoutwerereluctantplaywhentheyyounger.Forthecoachingstaff,thatgroupupgettingthemreadyvarsitywillbetheTheJaguarsopenat7Friday,Sept.2atKMSfiguresbeoneofthetopinthesubMoschosaid.alsoanticipatingCity,USAandtobeamongtheteamsonschedule.“It’llbefun,”he 2021onMurdock-SunburgKerkhoven-passattemptsLukequarterbacksophomoreBrooten-ElrosaBelgrade-DingmannaagainstFriday,Sept.3,inBelgrade. West Central Tribune file photo BELGRADE-BROOTEN-ELROSA BBE hopes to keep the party rolling The Jaguars have 15 letterwinners back from their first state playoff team PIGSKIN PREVIEW WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2022 | 7 Sponsored by: Belgrade Brooten Elrosa School www.bbejaguars.org 320-254-8211 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND 7pm Away Vs. KMS KMS Elementary School - Murdock FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH 7pm Home Vs. Maple Lake FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH 7pm Home Vs. Benson FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD 7pm Away Vs. USA Upsala High School FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH 7pm Away Vs. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Long Prairie-Grey Eagle High School FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7TH 7pm Home Vs. ACGC FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14TH 7pm Away vs. Browerville-Eagle Valley Browerville High School WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19TH 7pm Home Vs. BOLD Varsity Football Schedule 2022 BBE JAQUARS ElrosaBelgrade-Brooten-Schools Our Mission is to create a safe and caring climate & culture in which we prepare, engage, educate, empower, and inspire all learners in partnership with their successfulcommunitysurroundingtobeintoday’sandtomorrow’ssociety. www.bbejaguars.org320.254.8211GoBBEJAGUARAthletes! Make this your best season ever!

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The Braves’ offense will have its trio of power in ‘22. Alongside Dineen, touchdowns.610Espinozadefensiveseniorbackquarterback/defensiveseniorRyanTolifsonandwidereceiver/backJuanareback.TolifsonthrewforyardsandfiveHeran for 227 yards and six touchdowns.“Thesethree will be a large part of our offense and defense,” Foslien said. “We have installed some new schematic things to utilize their athletic abilities and allow them to be the biggest threats possible.”Bensonhas nine newcomers to its lineup in ‘22. All nine saw some varsity experience in ‘21, but will all have increased roles this season. Each player will look to make an impact, both offensively and defensively for the Braves.“The Braves football team is one that lacks experience and depth, but is a group of guys who dedicated themselves in the offseason in the weight room. Hopefully that carries us in the season,” Foslien said. “Our district and section are absolutely loaded.”Benson hosts Kimball at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 to begin its ‘22 campaign. Braves Friday, Sep 2, 2022 7:00 PM Friday, Sep 9, 2022 7:00 PM Friday, Sep 16, 2022 7:00 PM Friday, Sep 23, 2022 PM Friday, Sep 30, 2022 PM Friday, Oct 7, 2022 Friday, Oct 14, 2022 Wednesday, Oct 19,

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A senior running back and defensive end, Dineen tallied 1,220 yards and 12 touchdowns on 198 carries. He also had 34 tackles, 4-1/2 sacks and 5-1/2 tackles for loss in ‘21.No one has more career rushing yards (2,503), career tackles for loss (20) and career sacks (18) than Dineen.

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The BOLD football team went through a bit of a youth movement in 2021. That didn’t stop the Warriors from their usual degree of success with a 9-2 record and a spot in the Section 5A championship.Withtheteam a year older — and with three all-district players back in the fold — BOLD expects that success to continue in 2022. “We have a strong nucleus back,” said Warriors head coach Derek Flann. “We have some offensive linemen to replace and a lot of speed on defense to try to replace. Our senior leadership was really good last year and we will need guys to step into those roles from dayAmongone.” the Warriors’ top returners is sophomore running back/safety Hudson Vosika. The Mid State Sub-District 3 Back of the Year in ‘21, Vosika ran for 1,952 yards and 24 touchdowns and also hauled in 11 catches for 187 yards and a score. “He had a great freshman season, totaling almost 2,000 yards rushing,” Flann said of Vosika. “He will play more on defense this year. Any time he gets the ball in his hands, good things tend to happen for us.”

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Larson averaged 127.1 yards per game on 168 carries and 1,144 yards, scoring 17 touchdowns. He also had one reception for 29 yards. Serving as Larson’s backup, Olson tallied 252 yards on 56 carries. He recorded three touchdowns on 4.50 yards per carry.

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Senior wide receiver Aiden Swenson also returns to a receiving corps that had 13 touchdowns in ‘21. Swenson tallied 331 yards and three touchdowns on 20 catches.“Webring back a group of nine seniors that have played big roles and have provided a lot of depth for us over the last couple of years,” Larson said. “We will definitely rely on the nine seniors to control the line of scrimmage.”

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DAWSON — Entering his 21st season at the helm of the DawsonBoyd program, Cory Larson’s Blackjacks are returning six starters to both sides of the ball from a team that finished with a 7-3 record in ‘21. Senior running backs Holt Larson and Levi Olson accounted for over 90% of Dawson-Boyd’s carries in ‘21. The duo will look to build on their performances from their junior campaigns.

“Overall, we should compete each week, but we will need to stay healthy,” Larson said. “Our depth will be an issue. We will need some freshmen and sophomores to provide some depth as our junior class has only four participants.”TheBlackjacks kick off their ‘22 campaign at 4 p.m. Sept. 1 at Minnesota Valley Lutheran.

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LITCHFIELD — With winning records in each of the last two seasons, the Litchfield Dragons hope to keep senior Bradley Larson (5-11, 185). The returning trio will be joined on the defensive line by senior ChaseJuniorHousman.LukasKuehl is another two-way 7 on field goals. He has Litchfield begins 2022 football schedule 2022 Thursday, Sep 1, 2022 7:00 PM Milaca Litchfield High School Football Field/Track Facility Friday, Sep 9, 2022 7:00 PM......... Away vs. Holy Family Holy Family Friday, Sep 16, 2022 Friday, Oct 7, 2022 7:00 PM Watertown-Mayer Litchfield High School Football Field/Track Facility Tuesday, Oct 11, 2022 7:00 PM. Away vs. Multiple Schools Various Sites Friday, Oct 14, 2022 7:00 PM Away vs. Dassel-Cokato LITCHFIELD DRAGONS Main Office 1025 E. Frontage Rd. Litchfield, MN 320.693.282155355 Atwater Location 16319 Hwy. 12 NE Atwater, MN 320.974.886856209 Litchfield Location 511 Dr. Litchfield, MN 320.693.601455355 OF to the ACGC Falcons & to the Litchfield Dragons for a winning

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The Lakers finished 1-8 in 2021. Lyle replaces Christensen,Jeremywho led Minnewaska for six seasons.Hoping to make a leap in 2022, the Lakers have high hopes for senior quarterback/ linebacker PJ Johnson.

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“Connor Stein has had a great offseason in the weight room and is set to have a great year at wide receiver,” Lyle said. A pair of juniors could see time at running back in Jack Majerus (5-8, 145) and Austin Weber (5-8, 150). Majerus also plays defensive back and Weber is an outside linebacker.Minnewaska’s hopes for a beginturnaroundontheroad on Thursday, Sept. 1 at Royalton. The Lakers’ first home game is Friday, Sept. 9 against Pierz.

West Central Tribune file photo Minnewaska defensive back Connor Stein watches the Montevideo offense following the snap of the football on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 in Glenwood.

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“PJ is an exceptional athlete that will be at QB this year,” Lyle said. “He is a fantastic player and leader. “PJ will be protected by a fantastic group of Brady Blair, Jack Larson and Chase Boelke.”Those three are all returning offensive linemen. Larson is 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, and also plays linebacker. Boekle (5-10, 190) and Blair (6-1, 260) will also see time on the defensive line.Another senior back in the fray for Minnewaska is 5-foot9 senior wide receiver/ defensive back Connor Stein.

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MONTEVIDEO — Needing to replace 12 seniors from a year ago, the Montevideo Thunder Hawks know they’ll be a young squad in 2022. But in that youth, there is a squad eager for success after going 1-8 last EisenlohrJervetheyardsO’MalleyO’Malley.back/linebackerledthereturningexperienced.”excitementinexceptionalthewhateverlearnare“However,atoDaveMontevideoofteamthat“Thereseason.isnodoubtweareayoungwithnotalotexperience,”saidheadcoachVik,whoreturnstheheadroleaftertwo-yearhiatus.thesekidshungry,willingtoandwillingtodoittakestogetjobdone.WehaveleadershiptheupperclassesandwiththelessTherearethreestartersforThunderHawks,byjuniorrunningFrancisIn‘21,ranfor1,078whilealsoleadingteamwith81tackles.Twoseniors—MasonandGreyson—returnto the trenches. Jerve is on both the offensive and defensive lines while Eisenlohr is a defensive lineman. Jerve had 2-1/2 sacks and 9-1/2 tackles for loss last season. “He’s a fierce defensive end,” Vik said ofAJerve.pair of seniors that Vik is hoping for an impact from are Fox Huber and Ethan Moravetz“(Fox)spot played last season as a junior but has put the time and effort in the weight room to become an impact player,” Vik said. “(Ethan) started seeing more time at the end of last season. He has transformed into a hard-nosed athlete that will be a differencemaker on both sides of theJuniorball.”Cooper Dack will take over at quarterback and is “very agile and has good vision down field” according to Vik. Another junior, wide receiver Devin Ashling, is expected to play a big role for Montevideo in his first varsity action. And after missing ‘21 with an injury, sophomore Landon Olson will see time at inside linebacker and at running back. The Thunder Hawks head to Sauk Centre for the season opener on Friday, Sept. 2. The home opener is on Friday, Sept. 9 Morris/Chokio-Alberta.against West Central Tribune file photo Montevideo’s Francis O’Malley was the leading rusher on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 in Glenwood against Minnewaska with 255 yards and four touchdowns on 30 attempts.

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BY TOM ELLIOTT West Central Tribune PAYNESVILLE — Tim Pattrin takes over at Paynesville after 12 seasons at BrandonEvansville, where he posted a 60-52 career record.Hereplaces Max Meagher, who resigned after last year’s team went 7-3, losing to Royalton 33-22 in the Section 5AA semifinals. Meagher is arguably the most successful football coach in school history, leading the Bulldogs to state playoff appearances in 2011, ‘17, ‘18 and ‘19. But he didn’t leave the cupboard bare.

Friday, Oct 7, 2022 7:00 PM....Holdingford - Paynesville Area High School Friday, Oct 14, 2022 7:00 PM....Away vs. Morris Area Morris Area School - Big Cat Stadium Wednesday, Oct 19, 2022 7:00 PM....Montevideo - Paynesville Area High School

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Starters back include Grayson Fuchs (Sr., QB/DB); EisenbraunSpencer(Sr., OL/ DL); Eli Nelson (Sr., WR/DB); Max Athmann (Sr., WR/LB); Carter Lieser (Sr., WR/DB); Aaron Mages (Sr., OL/ DL); Gus Johnson (Sr., WR/DB); and Austin Pauls (Sr., “GraysonRB/LB).Fuchsis an explosive player both running the ball and throwing it,” Pattrin said.Fuchs could be one of the top quarterbacks in the west central area. “Spencer Eisenbraun is a big, strong and aggressive lineman on both sides of the ball,” PattrinAnothersaid.player to watch is Nelson. “Eli Nelson is a fast and shifty player that is explosive with the ball in his hands,” Pattrin return.andFuchs,coachingcarryoverTheresaid.issomewiththestaff.RonChadCampbell,BenBorgerdingallBryceSavage joinsPattrinthem.is putting in his own schemes, so the Bulldogs will have a different look. They hope to continue the tradition of strong football teams, regardless of systems. They open on Friday, Sept. 2 at home against Melrose.

Bulldogs will have a new look, familiar toughness

Paynesville returns eight starters on offense and eight on defense.“Wehave a good nucleus of players with experience,” Pattrin said. “They have picked up the systems quickly over the summer and we’re looking forward to a good year.”

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A key loss in their lineup in ‘22 is Alex Call. He was the Fighting Saints’ starting quarterback and had 18 tackles and one fumble recovery in ‘21. Junior Jared Cortez will be the Fighting Saints’ quarterback in ‘22. He threw for 840 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions on 63 completions. He also recorded 303 receiving yards on 25 catches and ran for two touchdowns on 25 carries.“Ifeel like we will be

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Fighting Saints look to bounce back is banking on 10 returning starters for a brighter 2022 season

Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg ninth-grader Jett Olson rushes the ball with the assist of sophomore Malaki Lee against the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Jaguars on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Belgrade.

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BY MICHAEL LYNE West Central Tribune MURDOCK touchdowns.team-highHuntertying(48)SaintsalsoaaddinganddefenseIsaactightandincludingoffensetheirreturnDistrictinlacklusterbounceSunburgKerkhoven-Murdock-—willlooktobackaftera2-6recordMidStateBlueSub-playin‘21.TheFightingSaints10starterstolineupbetweenanddefense,all-districtall-sectionseniorend/linebackerRudningen.RudningenledKMS’with113tacklesthreeinterceptions,onesackandforcedfumble.HeledtheFightinginreceptionsandyards(753),runningbackKallstromforasixreceivingKallstromledthe team with 10 sacks and two forced fumbles, tallying 70 tackles on defense.Twoplayers to watch that were not in the Fighting Saints’ lineup in ‘21 are senior Chase Magaard, who makes his return from injury, and senior Jaiden Henjum, who did not play football last season.“Chase has gotten taller, faster and stronger. He is a great athlete and a great tackler,” KMS fourthyear head coach Jason Fernholz said. ”Jaiden is a piece we have been missing, especially in the secondary. He is explosive with good hands and will make an impact on offense.”

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“I want to help people develop an energy and a drive to be the best. My hope is that I make them a good teammate and a better person.”

“I coach to encourage and promote excellence in each athlete,”studentSmith says is his purpose statement.

LQPV opens the season at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1 against Tracy-MilroyBalaton at Madison. Sep 1, 2022

LQPV junior Ethan Schommer chest-bumps teammate Zander Boehnke before the start of a Southwest West district game Oct. 8, 2021 against Canby in Madison.

Drew Borstad (5-9, 155), Bradyn Danziesen (5-9, 170), Tyler Erp (5-8, 155), Dylan Keimig (5-2, 115), Kayden Kessler (5-8, 150), Noah Meyer (5-8, 150), Davis Patzer (5-10, 140), Landon Weber and Blake Wells. There are also 11 freshmen out for football.Molden was LQPV’s quarterback last year. He’s big and strong and will be looked upon to lead the offense.

LQPV will be a young team Eagles have six seniors on a squad that went 3-6 last season

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7:00 PM Tracy-Milroy-Balaton - Lac qui Parle Valley High School Friday, Sep 9, 2022 7:00 PM Away vs. MACCRAY MACCRAY Public Schools, Maynard Friday, Sep 16, 2022 7:00 PM.....Minneota - Lac qui Parle Valley High School Friday, Sep 23, 2022 7:00 PM......Away vs. Dawson-Boyd Dawson Boyd High School Friday, Sep 30, 2022 7:00 PM Yellow Medicine EastLac qui Parle Valley High School Friday, Oct 7, 2022 7:00 PM......Away vs. Canby Canby High School Thursday, Oct 13, 2022 7:00 PM Away vs. Multiple Schools Lakeview High School (Cottonwood) Wednesday, Oct 19, 2022 7:00 PM.................................. R-T-R - Lac qui Parle Valley High School

LQPV sophomore Kaden Molden (15) throws the ball during the first quarter of a Southwest West district game against Canby on Oct. 8, 2021 at Madison.

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BY TOM ELLIOTT West Central Tribune MADISON — Lac qui Parle Valley head coach Tony Smith begins his sixth season as Lac qui Parle Valley’s head coach with a young, unproven team.

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“We are going to be young and don’t have a lot of beatseason.experiences.”confidencelearn,groupandBjornjeld,Joshcoachingrecordhasyear,”returningexperiencefromlastsaidSmith,whoa19-26careerandwhosestaffincludesBenson,MarkPaulLowryMikeWeick.“ThiswillneedtogrowandgainfromtheirLQPVwent3-6lastTheEaglesMACCRAY33-22, Yellow Medicine East 14-6 and Canby 19-6.

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Janssen — return. Post also is a returnee on the defensive side. Sweep led MACCRAY with 92 tackles, adding two fumble recoveries. Heiling trailed with 88 tackles, tallying two sacks and one fumble recovery. Janssen had 28 tackles and one fumble recovery. Post posted 23 tackles and three Countyp.m.upourthebylinebackerChristophertheoftacklingthey’llbe“Ourinterceptions.defensewillsmallinsize,butbethebestgroupoutMACCRAYinoverlastfiveyears,”said.“Ourgroup,ledSweep,shouldbestrongestunitofdefense.”MACCRAYopensits‘22seasonat7Sept.1atMurrayCentral.“Lastseason,though 1-8, we made big strides considering we only had two juniors on the team and 11 sophomores that gained Christopherexperience,”varsitysaid. “We should playingallcontributionsgetfrom15juniorsthatarethisseason.”

BY MICHAEL LYNE West Central Tribune MAYNARD — After a one-win campaign in ‘21, the Wolverines will be led by a new quarterback for the first time since 2018 as four-year starter Isaac Strommer graduated in the spring. A junior standing at 6-foot-2, Michael Thein will whobackMVP,towillMACCRAY’squarterbackoffense.Hehandtheballofftheteam’soffensivejuniorrunningSebiCisneros,had286rushing

BY TOM ELLIOTT West Central Tribune DANUBE —It’s not a mistake to say there is some canceledtheaitstheinyears.championshiptheirandstartingnearlyRenvilletheenthusiasmwell-placedabout2022seasonforCountyWest.TheJaguarsreturntheentirenineintactareaimingforthirdsectioninfourIt’dbefourfouryearsexcept2020teamsawseasonendwith6-0recordwhenplayoffswerebecauseofthe coronavirus pandemic. They were 11-1 in 2019, 6-0 in ‘20 and 8-4 last year. The best news? Eight of nine starters return on offense. On defense, its nine out of nine. “We’re actually sitting pretty good,” said head coach Ryan Hebrink, who has 11 seniors, 10 juniors, nine sophomores and five freshmen on his varsity team. “We feel good about where we’reWhereat.”they’re at is likely one of the top nine-man teams in the state.One of the only players of note gone is Tyler Amsden. On quarterbackoffense,AJ Gasca, running backs Jasen Jansen and Jack Wertish, wide receivers Isaac Haen and Adam Schrupp, guards Noah Gullickson and Carter Rice and center Carter Rice are all back. “The big thing for us is we can’t be satisfied with what we’ve done,” Hebrink said. “The team has had some success. We’ve made the quarterfinals. What does it take to get past that and play in US BankDefensively,Stadium?”Rice (Sr., DE) and Gullickson (Sr., DT) are back on the line. Jansen (Jr., LB), Hunter Ridler (Sr., LB) and Luki Hale (Sr., LB) also return as does the secondary of Haen (Sr., DB), Wertish (Jr., DB), Gasca (Sr., DB) and Schrupp (Sr.). Haen, Gullickson, Gasca, Ridler and

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Jansen are honorable-mentions.Haenhonors.earnedGullicksoncaptains.andRiceall-districtGascaandwereall-districtGascacompleted35 of 81 passes for 370 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions. Jansen rushed for 984 yards and 13 touchdowns on 197 carries, a 5.0 average. Wertish rushed 62 times for 490 yards and six TDs, a 7.9 average. Gasca had 452 yards and six touchdowns rushing on 71 carries, a 6.4Haenaverage.caught

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“We are very excited for the year,” Damm said. vs. Minneota Minneota High School

With a strong off-season program, the Sting believe that will translate to better results on the field

Yellow Medicine East sophomore quarterback Andrew Flaten attempts to stiffarm Russell-Tyler-Ruthton senior defensive tackle Brady Gifford on Friday, Oct. 15, in Granite Falls.

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There are 18 ashavetochanges.andofsaid.andgoalstheincludingletterwinners,returning10seniorsonroster.“Wearesettingthehighasateamastaff,”Damm“Wehavelotsnewfacesonstaffsomecoaching“Wearereadytorisethechallengeandagreatfirstyearanewstaff.Thekids are excited and ready to change the culture. We believe in them and I hope they believe in us.”Leading the way will be Andrew Flaten (Jr., QB/DB), Nolan Hildahl (Sr., FB/LB), Bryce Sneller (Sr., RT/ DE), Cody Dahlager (Sr., WB/LB), Landon Anderson (Sr., OL/DE) and Owen Torvik (Sr., OL/DL).“Nolan Hildahl will be the backbone of his team and running game,” Damm said. “Nolan will be a key leader all year and his work this summer showed up during his max-out week. He will be a huge part of our defense (at) middle linebacker as well.” Hildahl rushed for 320 yards on 90 carries, a 3.6 yardsper-carry average. He had a team-leading 15 catches for 136 yards. He led the Sting with 36 solo and 18 tackles, including two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.Akeyplayer to watch is Brady Dahlager, a sophomore. He’s one of the fastest players in the west central area. He’s expected to start at halfback and has been timed at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash and has a 36-1/2inch vertical jump. Cody Dahlager, a senior, led YME with 382 yards rushing on 99 carries, a 3.9 average, running for three Tds. He also caught 12 passes for 150 yards and three TDs.Damm said a summer weight-lifting program has helped improve his players a great deal. Many players are squatting more than 300 pounds and deadlifting 400 pounds or more.

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16 passes for 273 yards and twoJansenTDs. led the defense with 90 total tackles, including 43 solo. He also had four tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns.

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BY TOM ELLIOTT West Central Tribune GRANITE FALLS — There is nowhere to go but up for Yellow Medicine East. The Sting went 0-9 in 2021 and bring a 15-game losing streak into the 2022 season. Head coach Lucas Damm said YME made changes to his staff and there is something to build on.

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Wertish (71 tackles), Rice (66 tackles and 10 tackles for loss), Ridler (61 tackless), Haen (57 tackles), Gullickson (51 tackles) and Hale (42 tackles) all had big defensive seasons.

“While I still feel we are a team with some strong confidence, I by no means think we have it all together and are where we need to be,” Hebrink said. “The question is, how quick can we get on track here?” From Page 18

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