DELL RAPIDS, SD -
The Dell Rapids St. Mary's football team has made quite the turnaround from a year ago. Last season they finished 3-5. Now this year they are 8-1 and still alive in the playoffs thanks to a little help from a few reality T.V. stars.
"St. Mary's we were told that you guys have the game of your life tonight. How are you going to play that game? How are you going to leave that field? Are you going to leave it all on the field," Gold Rush star Todd Hoffman said.
That was message Todd Hoffman, the star of Gold Rush, sent to the Dells St. Mary's football team before their game with defending champion Deubrook back on October 4th. One of the Cardinals coaches had an idea to Tweet the reality star and see if he could get his boys fired up.
"I thought it would be worth a shot just to see if a guy like that would maybe give a pep talk to our team. It was worth a shot and it all worked out pretty well," Cardinals Assistant Coach Rob Tiff said.
"I thought it was pretty cool that coach Tiff could get something like that to happen for us. As a senior this year it is something that I will never forget. He made a pretty good statement to us and it will hang with us," Cardinals Senior RB Ben Bunkers said.
The Cards lost that game 40-38 against the Dolphins. However that has been their only hiccup this season. The team and the community have since rallied behind the video and realize its bigger message.
"I think it is something that the kids will never forget as a football team. I think they really rallied together around it and took the message to heart, then went out and played hard," Tiff said.
"Losing that game we kind of felt like we let Todd down. Then we got after it and kept thinking the video wasn't just for that game it was for the whole year," Bunkers said.
St. Mary's will take on undefeated Avon Monday night in the 9B quarter finals. Their celebrity friends wish them nothing but the best.
"Good luck guys give 'em heck," Hoffman said.
Coach Tiff also said that if the Cardinals were to make it to the State Championship this season they would try to get Todd and the Gold Rush gang to meet them in Vermillion.
Here is a link to watch Todd’s Message To The Cardinals.
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