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Forum staff reports, Published August 29 2010

Minnesota 9-man football preview capsules

Section 3

Coaches pick: 1, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley. 2, Wheaton-Herman-Norcross.

Brandon-Evansville

- Coach: Greg Lanners (second year) and Mike Quist (second year)

- 2009 record: 3-6 (lost in 9-man, Section 3 quarterfinals)

- Players to watch: Levi Hintermeister, Jr., RB/MLB. Aaron Lund, Sr., TB/DE. Zach Hintermeister, Jr., OL/DL.

- Schedule: Sept. 3–at Ashby. Sept. 10–Wheaton. Sept. 18–at Lincoln-HI. Sept. 24–at Hancock. Oct. 1–Chokio-Alberta-Herman-Norcross. Oct. 8–at Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley. Oct. 15–Underwood. Oct. 20–Hillcrest Lutheran Academy.

Tri-State

- Coach: Steven Schiltz (seventh year)

- 2009 record: Not available.

- Players to watch: Not available.

- Schedule: Not available.

Wheaton

- Coach: Tony Thiel (14th year)

- 2009 record: 6-3 (lost in 9-man, Section 3 semifinals)

- Players to watch: Justin Lee, Sr., QB; Riley Wilson, Sr., RB/DB; Wolfgang Brink, Jr., RB/LB; Alex Hubrig, Sr., RB/DB; Kevin Coffman, Sr., OL/LB

- Schedule: Sept. 3–Verndale. Sept. 10–at Brandon-Evansville. Sept. 17–at Chokio-Alberta-Herman-Norcross. Sept. 24–Lincoln-HI. Oct. 1–at Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley. Oct. 8–Hancock. Oct. 15–at Bertha-Hewitt. Oct. 20–Ashby.

Section 4

Coaches pick: 1, Verndale. 2, Bertha-Hewitt. 3, Hillcrest.

Ashby

- Coach: Tom Thormodson (first year)

- 2009 record: 0-9 (lost in 9-man, Section 4 quarterfinals)

- Players to watch: Sam Graham, Sr., QB; Mason Johnson, Jr., RB/LB; John Quernemoen, Jr., RB/LB.

- Schedule: Sept. 3–Brandon-Evansville. Sept. 10–at Verndale. Sept. 17–Fergus Falls Hillcrest. Sept. 24–at Underwood. Oct. 1–Bertha-Hewitt. Oct. 8–at Eagle Valley. Oct. 15–Hancock. Oct. 20–at Wheaton.

Fergus Falls Hillcrest

- Coach: Charlie Brue (sixth year)

- 2009 record: 7-3 (lost in 9-man, Section 4 semifinals)

- Players to watch: Zach Taylor, Sr., RB; Andrew Twedt, Sr., RB/MLB; Daniel Tungseth, Sr., QB; Grant Stroud, Sr., WR/S; Andrew Stender, Sr., TE.

- Schedule: Sept. 3–Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley. Sept. 10–Eagle Valley. Sept. 17–at Ashby. Sept. 24-at Verndale. Oct. 1–Underwood. Oct. 8–Bertha-Hewitt. Oct. 15–at Chokio-Alberta-Herman-Norcross. Oct. 20–at Brandon-Evansville.

Rothsay

- Coach: Andrew Oland (second year)

- 2009 record: played JV schedule

- Players to watch: Matt Zimmerman, Jr., QB; Jason Nosal, Sr., FB/LB; Devin Neuleib, Jr., FB/DE; Slava Boyce, Sr., RB; Tyler Jorgenson, Jr., RB/LB; Aaron Brenden, So., E.

- Schedule: Sept. 3–Win-E-Mac. Sept. 10–Norman County West. Sept. 17–at Norman County East. Sept. 24–at Ulen-Hitterdal. Oct. 1–Waubun. Oct. 8–at Ada-Borup. Oct. 15–Norman County East. Oct. 20–at Norman County West.

Underwood

- Coach: Chuck Ross (12th year)

- 2009 record: 2-7 (lost in 9-man, Section 4 quarterfinals)

- Players to watch: Dalton Jampsa, Sr., QB/DE; Brett Collins, Sr., RB/LB; Ben Woodman, Sr., WR/DB; Jason Umlauf, Sr., TE/DE; Gunnar Kimber, Sr., WR/DB.

- Schedule: Sept. 3–Lincoln-HI. Sept. 10–Bertha-Hewitt. Sept. 17–at Eagle Valley. Sept. 24–Ashby. Oct. 1–at Fergus Falls Hillcrest. Oct. 8–Verndale. Oct. 15–at Brandon-Evansville. Oct. 20–at Hancock.

Verndale

- Coach: Michael Mahlen (42nd year)

- 2009 record: 11-1 (lost in 9-man state quarterfinals)

- Players to watch: Dan Kneisl, Sr., OL/DL; Tim Kern, Sr., OL/DL; Kyle Booth, Sr., TE/DE; Dustin Motschenbacher, Sr., RB/P/K; Cody Youngbauer, Sr., FB/LB; Matt Willis, Sr., RB/DB.

- Schedule: Sept. 3–at Wheaton. Sept. 10–Ashby. Sept. 17–at Bertha-Hewitt. Sept. 24–Fergus Falls Hillcrest. Oct. 1–Eagle Valley. Oct. 8–at Underwood. Oct. 15–Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley. Oct. 20–at Lincoln-HI.

Section 6

Coaches pick: 1, Ada-Borup. 2, Waubun. 3, Ulen-Hitterdal.

Ada-Borup

- Coach: Nathan Brager (second year)

- 2009 record: 11-1 (lost in 9-man state semifinals)

- Players to watch: Bill Atwood, Sr., FB/LB; Aaron Olson, Sr., RB/LB; Brian Blasey, Jr., OL/DL; Acie Ambuehl, Jr., TE/LB; Ryan Merkens, Jr., TE/DL.

- Schedule: Sept. 2–at Goodridge-Grygla-Gatzke. Sept. 10–at Waubun. Sept. 18–Ulen-Hitterdal. Sept. 24–Norman County West. Oct. 1–at Norman County East. Oct. 8–Rothsay. Oct. 15–at Ulen-Hitterdal. Oct. 20–Waubun.

Norman County East

- Coach: Steve Ness (third year)

- 2009 record: 6-4 (lost in 9-man, Section 6 semifinals)

- Players to watch: Matt Anderson, Sr., QB/LB; Blaine Thronson, Sr., RB/DB; Evan Boreen, Sr., OL/DL; Wade Meyers, Sr., RB/LB; Tyler Bueng, Sr., WR/DB.

- Schedule: Sept. 2–Northern Freeze. Sept. 10–Hillsboro. Sept. 17–Rothsay. Sept. 24–at Waubun. Oct. 1–Ada-Borup. Oct. 8–at Norman County West. Oct. 15–at Rothsay. Oct. 20–Ulen-Hitterdal.

Norman County West

- Coach: Dan Jorgensen (16th year)

- 2009 record: 0-9 (lost in 9-man, Section 6 play-in)

- Players to watch: Ross Hettervig, Sr., C. Michael Warnecke, Sr., OL. Alex Lee, Jr., RB. Cody Larson, Sr., RB.

- Schedule: Sept. 2–at Climax-Fisher. Sept. 10–at Rothsay. Sept. 17–Waubun. Sept. 24–at Ada-Borup. Oct. 1–Ulen-Hitterdal. Oct. 8–Norman County East. Oct. 15–at Waubun. Oct. 20–Rothsay.

Ulen-Hitterdal

- Coach: Dustin Flaten (second year)

- 2009 record: 4-5 (lost in playoffs)

- Players to watch: Dillon Stevens, Sr., RB/DB; Justin Carpenter, Sr., OL/DE; David Lien, Sr., OL/DL; Adam Wibe, Sr., RB/DB; Troy Peterson, Jr., TE/LB.

E- Schedule: Sept. 3–at East Grand Forks Sacred Heart. Sept. 10–Wyndmere-Lidgerwood (N.D.). Sept. 17–at Ada-Borup. Sept. 24–Rothsay. Oct. 1–at Norman County West. Oct. 8–Waubun. Oct. 15–Ada-Borup. Oct. 20–at Norman County East.

Waubun

- Coach: Jason McCloskey (third year)

- 2009 record: 6-5 (lost in 9-man, Section 6 championship)

- Players to watch: Jon Brower, Sr., G/DL; Sam Lerud, Jr., RB/DB; Tanner Voss, Sr., RB/LB; Josh Syverson, Sr., QB/LB; Joe Teiken, Jr., FB/LB.

- Schedule: Sept. 2–Kittson County Central. Sept. 10–Ada-Borup. Sept. 17–at Norman County West. Sept. 24–Norman County East. Oct. 1–at Rothsay. Oct. 8–at Ulen-Hitterdal. Oct. 15–Norman County West. Oct. 19–at Ada-Borup.