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Published October 12 2011

Barnesville-Osakis game has unique fold

BARNESVILLE, Minn. – Cousins playing high school football against each other is nothing new. But how often is it when a grandfather has to coach against his grandson?

It will happen Friday in a Class 2A showdown pitting No. 3 Barnesville (6-0) against No. 9 Osakis (6-0).

“I’ve had to plan against friends,” said Barnesville offensive coordinator Andy McCarty. “But never with anyone in the family. This is different.”

McCarty is the grandfather of Osakis defensive lineman Garret Scherr. He is also the father-in-law of Barnesville head coach Bryan Strand and grandfather of quarterback Robbie Strand.

“You want to beat them because they are your family and you work harder in practice,” Scherr said. “You feel like you have to work harder. My teammates know that too. They know it is going to be a close game.”

McCarty said his wife, Karen, has no idea which team she will cheer for or which daughter she’ll sit with.

Garret’s mother, Ann, said after the game she’ll have some postgame snacks for every family member.

Both grandsons have been sending text messages to each other for weeks now about what’s going to happen.

Can you blame them? Osakis’ defense has been allowing less than 14 points a game. Barnesville’s offense, however, has averaged more than 51 points a game.

“There has been a lot of trash talking going on,” Robbie Strand said. “Garret’s a big kid and he said that he’s going to sack me 10 to 12 times.”

McCarty said he’s not going to do anything different to prepare for the game.

“It’ll be kind of nerve-racking because you want to see your grandsons succeed,” McCarty said. “You want to see them all succeed. You want (Garret) to the best he can but we want our team to do the best they can do.”


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Ryan S. Clark at (701) 241-5548.

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