Prep football previews: Osseo-Fairchild, Eleva-Strum

After 19 years as head coach of the Osseo-Fairchild football program, Dan Waters stepped down, retiring at the end of the past school year. Long-time assistant Eric Boettcher took over for the Thunder, a team that went 4-4 overall in 2012, 3-4 in the Cloverbelt.
Boettcher says he will implement some new wrinkles to the Osseo-Fairchild offense, but says the key to his success is working hard every day in practice but more importantly, having fun, "Transition-wise it's a little different especially being the head coach, you have a little more responsibility, got to do a few more contacts but at the same time, I've been with Dan for 20 years and watched him for a number of those so I want to bring some enthusiasm, high-powered type of offense as far as diversity and have the kids have fun."

Eleva-Strum begins year two under coach Chad Hanson, the Cardinals coming off a 2012 season in which they missed out on the playoffs by one win, losing to Melrose-Mindoro in the final game of the year. Hanson says his kids are excited about getting the program back into the post-season, "I hope it's a hunger for them, Eleva-Strum football was in the playoffs from 2002-2008, it was an every year thing, obviously they won state that one year, they went to state was runner-up... I believe that the kids are hungry, I'm hungry to get Eleva-Strum football back on top where it needs to be.
Senior Alex Larson agrees, "We're really hungry, it was a huge disappointment last year not to make the playoffs, we worked our butts off trying to get where we were so we're coming back this year hungry and are going to work hard to get back into them."


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