Many Minnesota high school football teams play their first game of the season on Friday. The Rushford-Peterson Trojans will look to get a quick start towards another berth in the Class A state title game.
Trojans finished runner up in 2016, losing to Minneapolis North 30-14.
Rushford-Peterson returns 5 starters on offense and defense, but will have to replace Noah Carlson, who ran for 2,785 yards last season. A return trip to state will hinge on the contributions of the new players cracking the lineup.
"Practicing hard, giving it all we got all the time. We are not bigger than most teams but we have to play 10 times harder than everyone else and we are willing to do that," Senior Dawson Dahl said.
"Practicing hard and having a good mindset every day at practice. Get better and learn from mistakes at 100 miles an hour is something everyone can learn from and grow from," Senior Jacob Paulson said.
"Obviously the kids know what it takes to get there. They know the work and commitment it takes to get there. And they are hungry to get back. Obviously one more and we are feeling a lot better the day after thanksgiving," Head coach Davin Thompson said.