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Published August 20, 2013, 04:13 PM

Goodridge-Grygla Looks To Take Next Step

The Goodridge-Grygla football team looks to repeat as Minnesota's Section 8 9-man champions.

By: Dan Corey, WDAZ

After falling in the 9-man state semifinals, the goal is simple for the Goodridge-Grygla football team in 2013.

John Wilebski, Goodridge-Grygla head football coach, "After that tough loss to Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley our kids were down, they want a state championship bad."

But for the Chargers to reach that goal, they must first have to get by a tough section eight.

Hunter McMillin, senior quarterback, "Every team is good."

Brady Swanson, senior lineman, "It's a tough conference. Everybody is good, there's not a bad team in the conference."

Goodridge-Grygla has some big shoes to fill, those of all-state running back Daniel Polansky, but they're confident they can get it done without him.

Travis Tabatt, senior tight end, "Last season was last season."

Swanson, "One person doesn't make a team. It's all nine guys on the field."

Wilebski, "We do have to find some running backs, that's a real concern. We have a lot of kids but we need to find someone who can step up."

The driver on the road to the dome is three-year starting quarterback McMillin, but it won't be through his arm.

"We're a running team. We run the sweep. 95 percent of the time, sweep."

Tra Alderete, senior wing back, "Hammering and hammering and hopefully the defense will be tired on one play and hopefully we can just break through and get a touchdown."

Goodridge-Grygla opens up the season at home against Rothsay August 29th.