Football: Willmar, Warriors feature fast-paced offenses

Along with an abundance of turf fields at high schools across the state this year comes the no-huddle spread offense that almost every team seems to be running.

Fergus Falls Otter quarterback Noah Strom is chased by Brainerd Warrior defensive lineman Josh Howieson last Friday at Don Adamson Field. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Fergus Falls Otter quarterback Noah Strom is chased by Brainerd Warrior defensive lineman Josh Howieson last Friday at Don Adamson Field. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls

Along with an abundance of turf fields at high schools across the state this year comes the no-huddle spread offense that almost every team seems to be running.

The Willmar Cardinals and Brainerd Warriors will both employ the no-huddle spread when the teams converge on Adamson Field Friday night. Willmar is coming off a 41-6 spanking of Sauk Rapids while the Warriors are a week removed from a 30-6 opening win over Fergus Falls.

"It's fun to see," Willmar coach Jon Konold said of the no-huddle. "When people do the same thing, sometimes it kind of becomes a little stale. If you change, the kids get energized. It's a fun challenge."


Warriors vs. Willmar


  • When: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5
  • Where: Adamson Field, Brainerd
  • The series: Brainerd leads 26-17
  • Last meeting: Brainerd won 21-7 in 2013
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Warriors coach Ron Stolski said the team's offenses will mirror each other but the difference is Willmar returns 13 starters, several on offense, and Brainerd just two offensive starters.

"It will be Brainerd's defense against Willmar's high-powered offense," Stolski said. "They scored a lot of points (326) last year other than our game (a 21-7 Willmar loss). They averaged almost 40 points a game (36.2)."

Key Cardinal returning include running back Michael Heitzman, an all-conference player last year. Against Sauk Rapids he rushed for 136 yards and a TD.

Quarterback Auggie Hahn, another all-conference selection, rushed for 86 yards and two scores and completed 13 of 20 passes for 123 yards.

Wide receiver Austin Grove had seven receptions for two TDs and tight end Max Trochlil added four catches.

"The big thing is we bring four of five offensive line starters back that saw significant playing time last year, along with those skill kids," Konold said. "And we have some decent size on the offensive and defensive lines. Hopefully we can keep those guys fresh and rotate them to help build more depth, and the first game we saw a couple more kids who can play, and hopefully that helps with depth."

The Warriors piled up 387 yards of total offense in their opener. They passed for 156 and rushed for 231. The defense forced one turnover, recorded four sacks and surrendered just 114 total yards.


About the only negative was 11 penalties for 105 yards.

"We have to keep in mind that we're a very inexperienced team," Stolski said, "particularly on offense, and we've got a new kicker, a new punter and our return teams are new.

"We don't blame the officials for enforcing the rules, but penalties aside the game was all right. The kids played very hard on both sides. All the kids who got in played hard, and that's all you can ask of your team. If you're not getting the effort, or if you're making silly assignment mistakes, then you can be disappointed.

"We were happy enough but we know that's behind us. The game we're focused on is this one - period."


Brainerd Warriors


QB: 16-Evan Brecht, 10-Hanson Devine, 2-Chris Pederson, 95-Josh Howieson


RB: 15-Paul Augustinack, 21-Allan Jevning, 40-Mitch Rahn, 33-Zach Winger, 22-Cooper Tollefson, 20-Chris Veith, 25-Tim O'Reilly, 18-Colton Borg

TE: 90-Ted Nelson, 95-Josh Howieson

WR: 81-Quinn McElfresh, 8-Cole Spieker, 5-Steven Severson, 2-Chris Pederson, 85-Brady Kline, 84-Jordan Whitehead, 88-Devan Fiedler, 82-Riley Fabian

T: 73-Eric Uphoff, 63-Kyler Kennedy, 60-Michael Horton, 71-Ryan Powers

G: 60-Michael Horton, 61-Clayton Caird, 76-Zach Rude, 51-Seth Desrocher

C: 62-Jon Bostrom, 61-Clayton Caird


DL: 90-Ted Nelson, 56-Matt Thompson, 95-Josh Howieson, 96-Nick Stettler, 58-Jared Winter, 57-Zach Stangl, 54-Dylan Crandall


OLB: 12-Cole Sellnow, 35-Cole DeRosier, 34-Arron Martin, 88-Devan Fiedler, 48-Mike Eschenbacher, 36-C.J. Wohl, 30-Kolt Herron

ILB: 41-Taylor Streiff, 42-Anthony Cory, 55-Tristan Brecht, 53-Jordan Jarmuzak

CB: 7-Jaquon Cogshell, 27-Matt Hill, 14-Isaiah Stewart, 24-Nick Peterson, 23-Cole Harmer

S: 43-Hayden Bukowski, 32-Will Stolski, 11-Adam Fischer, 27-Matt Hill


Punter: 2-Chris Pederson, 27-Matt Hill

PK-KO: 89-David Saxum, 4-Isaiah Stewart

Holder: 16-Evan Brecht


KO/punt return: 2-Chris Pederson, 21-Allan Jevning, 7-Jaquon Cogshell, 81-Quinn McElfresh, 8-Cole Spieker, 20-Chris Veith

Long snapper: 36-C.J. Wohl

Willmar Cardinals

QB: 5-Auggie Hahn

RB: 7-Michael Heitzman

RB: 19-Sam Kerfeld

RB: 30-Vaughn Johnson

WR: 1-Levi Stankey


WR: 3-Eli Gunderson

WR: 11-Colten Carlson

WR: 17-Max Doering

WR: 88-Austin Grove

TE: 9-Max Trochlil

LT: 50-Matt Morales

LG: 77-Brady Reigstad

C: 75-Alex Khalil

RG: 78-Matt Hennes

RT: 63-Joel Engel


DE: 62-Gunner Raths

NG: 63-Joel Engel

DE: 75-Alex Khalil

ILB: 30-Vaughn Johnson

ILB: 85-Cole Gau

OLB: 7-Michael Heitzman

OLB: 90-Zach Randolph

CB: 2-Carter Sack

CB: 3-Eli Gunderson

SS: 82-Travis Deegan

FS: 11-Colten Carlson


Kicker: 9-Max Trochlil

Punter: 10-Zach Radermacher

Warriors regular season

Aug 29, Fergus Falls - WON 30-6

Sept. 5, Willmar 7 p.m. (BYAA Night)

Sept. 12, at Alexandria 7 p.m.

Sept. 19, at St. Cloud Apollo 7 p.m.

Sept. 27, St. Cloud Tech 2 p.m. (homecoming)

Oct. 3, at Bemidji 7 p.m.

Oct. 10, Moorhead 7 p.m.

Oct. 15, at Grand Rapids 7 p.m.

Central Lakes Conference

North Division

Div All

Brainerd 1-0 1-0

Bemidji 1-0 1-0

Moorhead 1-0 1-0

Alexandria 0-1 0-1

Fergus Falls 0-1 0-1

Grand Rapids 0-1 0-1

South Division Final

St. Cloud Apollo 1-0 1-0

Sartell 1-0 1-0

Willmar 1-0 1-0

Rocori 0-1 0-1

St. Cloud Tech 0-1 0-1

Sauk Rapids 0-1 0-1

Aug. 29 Games

Brainerd 30, Fergus Falls 6

Moorhead 18, Alexandria 13

Grand Rapids at Bemidji

Apollo 19, Rocori 14

Sartell 33, Tech 19

Willmar 41, Sauk Rapids 6

Friday's Games

Willmar at Brainerd

Rocori at Fergus Falls

Apollo at Moorhead

Bemidji at Sauk Rapids

Alexandria at Sartell

Grand Rapids at Tech

Section 7, Class 5A

Sect All

St. Francis 1-0 1-0

Brainerd 0-0 1-0

Bemidji 0-0 1-0

Cambridge-Isanti 0-0 1-0

Chisago Lakes 0-0 1-0

Duluth East 0-1 0-1

Aug. 28 result

St. Francis 55, Duluth East 0

Aug. 29 results

Brainerd 30, Fergus Falls 6

Bemidji 49, Grand Rapids 0

Cambridge-Isanti 33, Duluth Denfeld 0

Chisago Lakes 28, Big Lake 23

Friday's Games

Willmar at Brainerd

St. Michael-Albertville at St. Francis

Bemidji at Sauk Rapids

Duluth East at Cambridge

Duluth Denfeld vs. Chisago Lakes at Lindstrom

Warriors statistics



Evan Brecht 11 70 6.4 0

Mitch Rahn 12 63 5.3 3

Allen Jevning 6 38 6.3 0

Zach Winger 6 24 4.0 0

Chris Veith 3 18 6.0 0

P. Augustinack 3 11 3.7 0

Colton Borg 1 10 10.0 0

Chris Pederson 6 1 0.2 0

Hanson Devine 1 1 1.0 0

C. Tollefson 2 -1 0.5 0

Team 1 -4 x x


Hanson Devine 5 10 76 0

Evan Brecht 5 7 48 0

Chris Pederson 2 2 32 1


Q. McElfresh 5 75 15.0 0

Cole Spieker 4 59 14.8 1

Steven Severson 2 11 5.5 0

Chris Pederson 1 11 11.0 0


Mitch Rahn 3 0 0 18

Cole Spieker 1 0 0 6

Allen Jevning 0 1 0 2

David Saxum 0 0 2 2

Defense-Safety 0 0 0 2


Forced fumbles: Cory

Fumble recoveries: Jordan Jarmuzak,

Blocked extra point: Crandall

Sacks: Nelson 2, Cory, Sellnow

Pass breakups: C. DeRosier, Cogshell

Tackles vs. Fergus Falls: Stolski 14, Cory 12, Sellnow 12, Nelson 10, Bukowski 9, Streiff 9, C. DeRosier 8, Jarmuzak 8

Points per-game average: Brainerd 30.0, opposition 6.0

Yards per game average: Brainerd 387.0, opposition 114.0

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