Beyond the playbook: Chisholm football takes pride in historic season
With the later stages of the prep football season already upon us, there is one team that has been turning heads, sporting their best start to a season since 2009.
The Chisholm Bluesteaks football team has been off to an historic start this season. Posting, up to this point, a 5-1 record. The team’s best start to a season since 2009.
“We started off our first couple of years not doing too hot, picked it up last year and got our first win. It had been forever since that happened. It felt great so we’re just carrying it on to this season,” said senior center Jackson Workman.
The Bluestreaks hadn’t won a game since 2016, then last year picked up their first in over four seasons, 27-26 against International Falls.
Due in part to a senior class of seven players, three of which have gone through the ringer to get here. Having been on the team since their freshman year.
“This is the group that really set the tone, what these younger guys, higher expectations, winning matters. So these younger guys have seen these guys in season now. They’re doing a really good job of getting the younger guys ready,” said fourth year head coach Nicholas Milani.
For the seniors who have been here the longest, winning is only a by-product of creating a winning culture.
“Coach always says we’re the team of firsts. The first game won in over a thousand days when we won a game last year was over a thousand days since we won a game. We play together as a team a lot better because we’ve all been here the longest, so there’s a lot of chemistry there,” stated senior left tackle Dillon Splinter
“It has been a fun four years honestly, a lot of ups and downs. This year we are doing really well,
5-1 is a really good start, so hopefully we can do well in playoffs,” added senior quarterback Dominick Olson.
The 5-1 start has had a trickle-down effect into the community, as at last week’s homecoming game the team had the biggest attendance in the stands since 2008.
“People are noticing now for the first time in a couple of years since I’ve been here. So that’s the biggest thing is people asking more and being more interested. Filling the stands more than we have been the last few years, so that’s fun to see,” concluded Milani.
The Bluestreaks are at home this Thursday, as they take on 3-3 Barnum at 7:00 p.m.