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Beyond the Gridiron: Evergreens Headed to WIAA Jamboree

Eyewitness Sports
October 17, 2017 10:56 PM

Shutting out their opponent is how the Northwood/Solon Springs football team put the finishing touches on an 8-1 season. With their record, they'll now have one more opportunity to add victory to their win column.

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"Getting that extra game instead of our season ending next week, we get one more chance to prove ourselves," said senior quarterback Brandon Daleiden.

Instead of being playoff bound, the Evergreens will close out their season by playing one game in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) 8-Man Football Jamboree that includes a total of eight teams.

"It's just the last showcase to show what a small school from up north can do to one of the bigger schools down south," said senior running back Elijah Volz. "Show them that we came to play."

Last year was the first time member from this team were a part of the Jamboree, but it didn't go their way losing by two points on a last second touchdown.

"I think these guys remember that. They remember how awesome it was to play on that field, but they also remember how heartbreaking it was to go out on the field that last final time sending those seniors off with a loss," said Head Coach Matt Hager. "I think they are fired up to redeem themselves a little bit," he added.

However, this time the Evergreens are looking to ruin their opponents perfect season.

"They're Oakfield. They're undefeated and hopefully we will be their first loss of the season," said senior left guard Dane Banks.

They also hope to send this year's senior class of eight off with a finale to remember.

"I definitely think that we need to win just because and for the seniors too. It's important to us and we're definitely going to give it our best," said senior tight end Jacob Gabriel.

"They really care about each other and they take that to heart. They make sure that when they're on the field, whether it's one snap or 50 snaps, that they're giving it. They don't want to let these guys down at all," added Hager.

 


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