Even though the Kelliher Northome Mustangs are 0-3 on the season they refuse to give up without a fight. "They played with a lot of heart in their loss to McGregor," said one Mustang fan after the game. "They didn't give up when they could."
The Mustangs played Isle Sept. 4 and lost 14-6. Then came Cromwell Sept. 11. The Mustangs took the loss, 58-8.
"We have not played well at all the last two weeks," said Mustang head coach Derrick Gross.
The team lost five starters to graduation which could be a factor. "Every time we graduate seniors, we lose experience, which is tough," Gross said. "You can't replace it until the younger kids start playing.
"It takes inexperienced kids a couple games to get adjusted to the speed of a varsity game. I need the experienced players out there leading the way," he said.
Luckily this year, the team will have 12 returning starters, half of which started every game last season.
The team is comprised of five seniors -- Dalton Lindley at running back, Charlie Schuh at tight end, Evan Hanks at offensive lineman, Caleb Lindley at offensive guard and Allen Lindquist at offensive lineman.
The juniors making up part of the squad include Evan Nelson at quarterback, Jesse Jensen, Tyler Gibbs at running back, Micah Jorgensen at tight end and Kyle Erickson at tight end.
The sophomores on the team are Joe Schuh at running back, Jeff Roosdett at tight end, Tyler Hughes at running back, Tim Jourdan at offensive guard, Dakotah Johnson at running back, Micah Jorgenson at wide receiver, Lance Pink at offensive lineman, Charlie Swang at offensive guard and offensive lineman, Cyril Weidenborner at center, Scott Pierson at offensive lineman.
Rounding out the team are freshman Brandon Schmid, Tristan Williams, Aaron Chaffin, Alex Nistler,Tim Davison, Zach Spangrud, Keith Shaughnessy, Caleb Schneider and Alex Erickson.
Gross explained that he tries not to set goals based on wins and losses, but rather have his team do what they can to the best of their ability.
"I want to see more consistent play and less penalties this season," he said. "The kids need to understand that not everything will go the way they would like. They will lose battles but they can still win the war."
The Mustangs travel to Floodwood Oct. 2 and then Oct. 8, the team travels to Remer.