After winning it all in 2011, the Roosevelt football team nearly made another run at a title last year. Their championship hopes and dreams however, were cut short in the semifinals by Brandon Valley. The Rough Riders will have a quick shot at revenge as they start the season against the Lynx. With several playmakers returning, Rosie should be the team to beat in the new 11AAA.
No. 1, that's where Roosevelt will start the year in AAA. With six returning on defense and eight on offense, the Rough Riders have the experience to make some noise. Junior quarterback Taryn Christion is the headliner. The dual-threat can do it all making it tough on opposing defenses.
"He's an absolute monster, I'm going to tell you. He just makes every ball and I can't say enough about him. I think he's going to progress even more than last year and he's going to be a big key factor to how we do this year," linebacker Kirby Hora said.
"He's gotten a little bigger. He's gotten a little faster. He was fourth in the state track meet in the 100 meters as a sophomore," head coach Kim Nelson said.
Christion will have plenty of help with Seth Bjordal in the backfield. He'll look to Tanner Hennings and Chase Vinatieri when he wants to take to the air.
"Really good. I'd give it an A+ relationship. We hang out all the time. Go fishing all the time and come up here when we're bored and throw some routes," Hennings said.
While the Rough Riders are a confident bunch, they'll be tested right away with a tough schedule early on.
"Three big games. Brandon Valley's bowl game to start the season, President's Bowl after that and then Lincoln. It's going to be a great time," Nelson said.
Nelson says the team is the deepest at wide receiver. On top of that, four O-lineman are back as well as every linebacker from Kirby Hora to Trevor Janisch and Alex Garcia.