High School Football: Rebuilding Bison Warriors' opening opponent

A rebuilding Buffalo Bison program will provide the opposition Friday for the Brainerd Warriors in the season opener for both teams at Adamson Field. The Bison have gone 7-20 in their first three seasons under head coach Todd Bouman, who played q...


 A rebuilding Buffalo Bison program will provide the opposition Friday for the Brainerd Warriors in the season opener for both teams at Adamson Field.

The Bison have gone 7-20 in their first three seasons under head coach Todd Bouman, who played quarterback for six NFL teams including the Minnesota Vikings. Buffalo is seeking its first winning season since an 8-2 finish in 2009.

Senior defensive linemen Alan Hernandez (6-2, 247) and Ryan Kluver (6-6, 246) return from a team that finished 3-6 in 2016.

Offensively, returning in the Bison backfield are senior Tannor Schiller, juniors Riley Habisch and Zach Phillips and sophomore quarterback Aidan Bouman.


Junior Treyton Welch is the top returning receiver. As a sophomore, he scored nine touchdowns and finished with 586 yards on 39 receptions.

In addition to Welch, Bison receivers returning include juniors Jack Munsterteiger, Joe McNamara, Jacob Muhich and sophomore Trevor Johnson.

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Warriors vs. Buffalo

  • When: 7 p.m. Friday
  • Last meeting: Brainerd won 47-20 in the 2010 playoffs
  • The series: Brainerd leads 3-1
  • Twitter: @bertsballpark
  • Radio: KLIZ-AM (1380)
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Defensively, senior linebacker Jaiden Russell led the team in tackles a year ago. Experienced defensive backs returning include McNamara, Muhich, sophomore Tony Dahl and senior John Gaughan, who was among the team leaders in tackles despite playing only seven games.

"We don't know much," Warriors head coach Ron Stolski said of Buffalo. "They're a (Class) 6A school with a high-powered passing game and they played a tough schedule last year."

Last season, the Bison played in the North Central Blue Subdistrict with the likes of eventual 5A state champion Elk River along with St. Michael-Albertville, which, like Buffalo, has bumped up to 6A football this year.


Brainerd returns seven full-time starters including 1,000-yard running back Charlie Geraets, Max Zimmerman (RB), Pat Gervanek (WR-DB), Max Boran (WR), Luke Johnson (ILB), Tanner Stenglien (CB) and Jeff Spieker (DB).

Part-time starters back are Taylor Ludwig (OLB), Isaac Hines (DL), Hunter Erickson (OT-DT), Mike Bostrom (WR) and Brett Hague (C).

Stolski said the Warriors initially will lean on experienced players.

"We've got some kids that played quite a bit. We've got some kids that hardly played," he said, "but that's probably true about all teams.

"Our goal always is to be a poised football team and minimize errors. That means you might even minimize the game plan because it's better to do a few things well than try to do a lot of things not as well."

That inexperience, at least initially, may lead to more Warriors playing on both sides of the ball.

"It seems like we have a few more kids, at least early on, that are going to have to play two ways, more than normal, probably, for a first game," Stolski said.

Last weekend Brainerd scrimmaged at Minnetonka with the Skippers and Eastview (both 6A schools) and Osseo (5A).


"It was a really good test," Stolski said. "The good news of any scrimmage, any coach would tell you, is you want to come out healthy and learn some things, and we did both."

Brainerd Warriors


Quarterback: 7-Sam Miller, 16-Joe Stolski, Owen Davis, 10-Josh McLain

Running back: 28-Charlie Geraets, 34-Max Zimmerman, 27-McCale Peterson, 24-Will Lundstrom, 25-Joe Klang

Wide receiver: 11-Max Boran, 36-Jeff Spieker, 12-Mike Bostrom, Bryce McConville, 84-Renzen Caughey, 88-Cullen Bousman

Slot receiver: 8-Pat Gervanek, 27-McCale Peterson, 35-Levi McDonald

Tackle: 74-Hunter Erickson, 66-Jason Jennette, 63-Lili Charlier, 60-Hunter Anderson, 64-Cam Olson, 71-Isaac Chappius, 75-Brady Seidl

Guard: 65-David Olson, Ryan Peterson, 57-Garret Gardiepy, 56-Nate Bessingpas, 73-Carter Sobania

Center: 53-Brett Hague, Ryan Peterson, 56-Luke Wilhelm



Line: 95-Isaac Hines, 74-Hunter Erickson, 45-Morgan Gibson, 57-Garret Gardiepy, 66-Jason Jennette, 58-Fletcher DeRosier, 99-Nathan Yezek, 94-Jarrett Crandall

Outside linebacker: 46-Nate King, 5-Taylor Ludwig, 2-Braden Kramer, 35-Levi McDonald, 25-Joe Klang, 30-Tommy Fickett

Inside linebacker: 42-Luke Johnson, 34-Max Zimmerman, 26-Alex Haapajoki, 7-Jacob Dreitz, 40-Forrest Gibson, 44-Dylan Mello

Cornerback: 21-Tanner Stenglien, 36-Jeff Spieker, 82-Gabe Smith, 15-Jack Olson, 24-Will Lundstrom, 32-Anthony Baylor, 47-Calvin Foss, 50-Jon Nelson, 23-Tyler Vanderkool, 31-John Barr

Safety: Jake Hodge, 14-Abe Schlegel, 20-Brady Anderson, Owen Davis, 8-Pat Gervanek, 11-Max Boran, 33-Luke Harting, 21-Ben Staehling, 35-Levi McDonald


Special teams:

Punter: 7-Sam Miller, Owen Davis

Kicker: 81-Zach Henke

Long snapper: 11-Max Boran

Holder: 16-Joe Stolski, 7-Sam Miller

Returns: 28-Charlie Geraets, 27-McCale Peterson, 36-Jeff Spieker, 11-Max Boran, 24-Will Lundstrom, 21-Ben Staehling

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