FLANDREAU, SD -
Five points are all that separated Flandreau and eventual 11B champ Winner in last year's semifinals. With a new head coach and some brand new faces filling holes, the Fliers may have a tough time making it back.
Returning to make sure the trip does happen is quarterback Jace Christiansen. The senior along with Jacob Scofield, Alex Bakkedahl and Tim Parsley will take to the ground most plays. Despite Travis Ahrens taking over for Chad Stadem who left for the Washington gig, the team still employs the defense-confusing Wing-T offense.
"It's really fun seeing guys not even knowing where the ball is at watching film and stuff like that. They have no idea most of the time until it's five yards down the field. That's all we need. It's pretty fun. I like that," Christiansen said.
The trick this year will be to have an offensive line that can make it work. In fact, the line on both sides of the ball is a question mark for the Fliers. They hope to get it figured out so Flandreau can continue it's winning ways.
"I want to keep that going. I don't want to break that streak. I hope these guys want to continue it too. It's been something we do here at Flandreau for a while," Scofield said.
"I don't know if it's pressure, it's just an expectation. I don't feel any pressure or anything but that's just my expectation. I've embraced it. The kids have embraced it and we want to keep that rolling. We want that tradition," Ahrens said.
Ahrens also mentioned he'll be counting on Geno Taylor-Burshiem to step up along with Ted Slattery. The Fliers open the season at Beresford August 30th.
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