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Compiled by Ben Karkela and Andrew Gottenborg, Published August 29 2010

Minnesota 5A, 4A, 3A and 2A preview football capsules

Class 5A

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Section 8

Moorhead

E Coach: Kevin Feeney (first year)

E 2009 record: 3-6 (lost in Class 5A, Section 8 quarterfinals)

E Players to watch: Matt Duginski, Sr., FB/LB, Luke Brendemuhl, Sr., OL/DL, Brooks Miller, Sr., QB/DB, Jake Uglem, Jr., LB/DB

E Schedule: Sept. 3–at Bemidji. Sept. 10–Rocori. Sept. 17–at Little Falls. Sept. 24–at Fergus Falls. Oct. 1–Willmar. Oct. 8–St. Cloud Tech. Oct. 15–at Brainerd. Oct. 20–Alexandria.

Class 4A

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Section 8

Coaches pick: 1, Sartell-St. Stephen. 2, Alexandria. 3, (tie) Rocori; Sauk Rapids-Rice.

Detroit Lakes

E Coach: Flint Motschenbacher (13th year)

E 2009 record: 4-6 (lost in Class 4A, Section 8 semifinals)

E Players to watch: Josh Eggabratten, Sr., OLB; Bryce Dutton, Sr., G/LB; Jon Gilson, Sr., FB/OLB.

E Schedule: Sept. 3–Fargo Shanley. Sept. 10–at Bismarck. Sept. 17–Grand Rapids. Sept. 24–at Fargo Davies. Oct. 1–at Duluth Central. Oct. 8–at Grand Forks Red River. Oct. 15–Thief River Falls. Oct. 20–Duluth East.

Fergus Falls

E Coach: Richard Risbrudt (sixth year)

E 2009 record: 0-9 (lost in Class 4A, Section 8 quarterfinals)

E Players to watch: Harvey McMahon, Jr., FB/MLB; Zach Rengel, Jr., QB; Bill Rodning, Jr., RB/CB; Chase Johansen, Sr., OT/DT.

E Schedule: Sept. 3–St. Cloud Apollo. Sept. 10–at Bemidji. Sept. 17–at Alexandria. Sept. 24–Moorhead. Oct. 1–Rocori. Oct. 8–at Little Falls. Oct. 15–Sartell-St. Stephen. Oct. 20–at Willmar.

Class 3A

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Section 8

Coaches pick: 1, Staples-Motley. 2, Pequot Lakes. 3, Perham.

Park Rapids Area

E Coach: Aaron Morris (second year)

E 2009 record: 2-7 (lost in Class 3A, Section 8 quarterfinals)

E Players to watch: Danny Pike, Sr., QB/ILB; Billy Kimball, Sr., C/DT; Cory Odland, Jr., RB/CB; Levi Erickson, Jr., RB/SS; Forrest Drury, Jr., RB/OLB.

E Schedule: Sept. 3–Wadena-Deer Creek. Sept. 10–at Perham. Sept. 17–Crookston. Sept. 24–at Pequot Lakes. Oct. 1–Thief River Falls. Oct. 8–at Roseau. Oct. 15–East Grand Forks. Oct. 20–West Central Area (Fargodome).

Perham

E Coach: Mike Jordahl (first year)

E 2009 record: 9-2 (lost in Class 3A, Section 8 championship)

E Players to watch: Jesse Hein, Jr., OL/DL; Cyrus Bickell, FB/LB.

E Schedule: Sept. 3–at Pelican Rapids. Sept. 10–Park Rapids Area. Sept. 17–Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton. Sept. 24–at Crookston. Oct. 1–Pequot Lakes. Oct. 8–at Thief River Falls. Oct. 15–Roseau. Oct. 20–at East Grand Forks.

Class 2A

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Section 6

Coaches pick: 1, Pierz. 2, Breckenridge. 3 (tie), Holdingford and Ottertail Central.

Breckenridge

E Coach: Chad Fredericksen (third year)

E 2009 record: 5-4 (lost in Class 2A, Section 6 quarterfinals)

E Players to watch: David Bergquist, Sr. OL/LB; Aaron Swenson, Sr., OL/DL; Ryan Voss, Sr., RB/LB; Stephen Erlandson, Jr., RB; Blake Anderson-Wilcox, Jr., WR/DE.

E Schedule: Sept. 3–at Wahpeton. Sept. 10–Pelican Rapids. Sept. 17–West Central Area. Sept. 24–at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton. Oct. 1–Crookston. Oct. 8–Wadena-Deer Creek. Oct. 15–at Warroad. Oct. 20–at Staples-Motley.

Ottertail Central

E Coach: Don Seipkes (38th year)

E 2009 record: 5-4 (lost in Class 2A, Section 6 quarterfinals)

E Players to watch: Jake Ukkelberg, Sr., C; Shelby Trosdahl, Sr., OL/DL; Troy Anderson, Sr., OL/DL; Adam Marso, Sr., WR; Marty Charest, Jr., QB.

E Schedule: Sept. 2–at Upsala-Swanville. Sept. 10–New York Mills. Sept. 17–at Royalton. Sept. 24–Osakis. Oct. 1–at United North Central. Oct. 8–Pillager. Oct. 15–at Parkers Prairie. Oct. 22–Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (Fargodome).

Wadena-Deer Creek

E Coach: Tom VanErp (third year)

E 2009 record: 1-9 (lost in Class 2A, Section 6 quarterfinals)

E Players to watch: Colter Pettit, Sr., QB/DB; Logan Meyer, Jr., RB/LB; Taylor Bienusa, Sr., RB/DB.

E Schedule: Sept. 3–at Park Rapids Area. Sept. 10–Staples-Motley. Sept. 17–Pelican Rapids. Sept. 24–at West Central Area. Oct. 1–Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton. Oct. 8–at Breckenridge. Oct. 15–Pequot Lakes. Oct. 20–at Warroad.

West Central Area

E Coach: David Drexler (first year)

E 2009 record: 4-5 (lost in Class 2A, Section 6 quarterfinals)

E Players to watch: Colton Blascyk, Sr., QB/S; Ethan Supler, Jr., RB/LB; Jake Boeddeker, Sr., TE/LB; Brandon Quick, Sr., OL/LB.

E Schedule: Sept. 3–Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. Sept. 10–Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton. Sept. 17–at Breckenridge. Sept. 24–Wadena-Deer Creek. Oct. 1–at Warroad. Oct. 8–Staples-Motley. Oct. 15–at Pelican Rapids. Oct. 21–Park Rapids.

Section 8

Coaches pick: 1, D-G-F. 2, Hawley. 3 (tie), Warroad and United North Central.

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton

E Coach: Tony Soderberg (third year)

E 2009 record: 9-2 (lost in Class 2A, Section 8 championship)

E Players to watch: Bennett Mercil, Sr., RB/LB; Shawn Johnson, Sr., RB/LB; Jedre Cyr, Sr., OL/LB; Dylan DeJong, Sr., WR/FS

E Schedule: Sept. 3–East Grand Forks. Sept. 10–at West Central Area. Sept. 17–at Perham. Sept. 24–Breckenridge. Oct. 1–at Wadena-Deer Creek. Oct. 8–Warroad. Oct. 15–at Staples-Motley. Oct. 21–Pelican Rapids (Fargodome).

Frazee

E Coach: Jim Rader (fourth year)

E 2009 record: 6-2 (lost in Class 2A, Section 8 quarterfinals)

E Players to watch: Mike Moltzan, Sr., FB/LB; Nate Sandberg, Sr., OL/DL; Kyle Quittschrieber, Sr., OL/DL.

E Schedule: Sept. 3–Fertile-Beltrami. Sept. 10–at Barnesville. Sept. 17–at Hawley. Sept. 24–Bagley. Oct. 1–at Lake of the Woods. Oct. 8–Walker-Hackensack-Akeley. Oct. 15–at Pine River-Backus. Oct. 21–Red Lake County Central at the Fargodome.

Hawley

E Coach: Peder Naatz (11th year)

E 2009 record: 10-2 (lost in Class 2A quarterfinals)

E Players to watch: Kevin Olson, Sr., RB/LB; Nick Bjorndahl, Jr., RB/DB; Patrick Arens, Jr., LB; Tyler Sparrow, Sr., OL/DL; Cassidy Violet, Jr., OL/DL.

E Schedule: Sept. 3–at Mahnomen. Sept. 10–Walker-Hackensack-Akeley. Sept. 17–Frazee. Sept. 24–at Pine River-Backus. Oct. 1–at Bagley. Oct. 8–Barnesville. Oct. 15–Red Lake Falls. Oct. 20–at Lake of the Woods.

Pelican Rapids

E Coach: Dave Haugen (14th year)

E 2009 record: 3-7 (lost in Class 2A, Section 8 semifinals)

E Players to watch: Dan Wood, Sr., OL/DL; Cody Wahlstrom, Sr., OL/LB.

E Schedule: Sept. 3–Perham. Sept. 10–at Breckenridge. Sept. 17–at Wadena-Deer Creek. Sept. 24–Warroad. Oct. 1–Staples-Motley. Oct. 8–at East Grand Forks. Oct. 15–West Central Area. Oct. 21–at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.