Reigning state champions Mountain Iron-Buhl football bask in new found expectations

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Defending a state title is always a daunting task but it’s one that the reigning 9-man champion Mountain Iron-Buhl football team is taking in stride.

The team, in week one of practice, has had multiple conversations about starting fresh this year even with the new found expectations and pressure.

“I tell these guys not to worry about pressure or being undefeated. That’s over, it’s a new season and we celebrated in March, had a ring ceremony but that’s it. Now we’re getting ready for this year and so they know there’s a target on their back, they just don’t care,” said Head Coach Dan Zubich.

A big change for the team will be the departure of 10 seniors. Still the team is confident in their new group of leadership.

“We got a new squad this year, so these guys want to win one on the starting side I’d say. They’ve seen how it’s done and what to do. I don’t think any of us are scared, so they’ve played a lot. They know they have some experience, but I think they’ll do just fine,” added senior captain Damian Tapio.

The Rangers’ season opener is Friday, September 1st at Cook County.