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High School Football Preview: Eau Claire & Altoona

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The football season in Eau Claire and Altoona area will feature four teams with very different goals.

Start out at Regis, where last year the Ramblers finished 12-1 and ended their season at Camp Randall as state runners-up. This year's squad is determined to get back to Madison and head coach Bryant Brenner hopes this time they can leave as champions.

"We were kind of disappointed by the way the season ended last year, we had a great year last year because of our seniors. We were a little disappointed in how it ended and hopefully we can go back there and finish the deal.It also has a lot to do with how we finish each rep and and try to get better each day"

After at finishing at the top of the Big Rivers standings in 2011, Eau Claire Memorial will try to bounce back from a 4-5 overall season last year . Head Coach Paul Kling hopes they can battle once again for a conference crown.

"The expectation is there, it's a matter of us being able to execute. It's a matter of us being able to play with those top teams"

The players, including running back Aaron Faacks, have confidence in this year's squad.

"We always want to meet our goals and exceed them the best that we can . My goal is to make the playoffs this year and make a deep run. I think our team is good and we have good players. I am excited for the year."

There are high hopes in Altoona this season as the Rails bring back a large number of starters from last years 2-7 squad. Second year coach Ben Coenen hopes to have the teams first winning season in the Cloverbelt Conference since 2008..

"There has to come a time in our program when teams have to think that Altoona is not the easy win, and I am hoping it is this year. If we get off on a right foot and keep everybody healthy I really think there are some teams we can scare this upcoming season."

The players. like senior tight end Tristen Wibel, have been working hard in hopes of a successful campaign.

"We had a lot of guys return, we had a lot of guys work in the off-season, so we are hoping it really shows out in the games and we can win some games this year."

It's the beginning of a new era at Eau Claire North as Josh Fizel takes over as head coach of the Huskies. Last year the Huskies went winless at 0-9 and Fizel knows his team has some work to do if they expect to compete with the big rivers best..

"We definitely know we have to play really well on Friday nights, but we are going to take care of ourselves and if we do that enough we look forward to the challenge."

Huskies senior Bryce Kamenick and his teammates know they must work on fundamentals to start winning games.

"Coach is really big into team work and he has said that from day one we have to play for the guy next to us and we do our job and that guy next to us does his job then we will be okay."


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