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Warrior Athlete of the Week - Ben Staehling

When Brainerd’s leading rusher Joe Klang suffered what turned out to be a season-ending injury in the first quarter of Game Seven, it was an opportunity for another Warrior to step up. Ben Staehling seized that opportunity and ran with it particularly in the Section 8-5A playoffs. In the 8-5A semifinals, the junior running back charged to 132 yards and a touchdown in a 35-7 win against Alexandria. A week later, he rambled to a banner night with 200 yards on 32 carries and a TD in a 25-22 loss to Bemidji in the 8-5A championship game. “Klang’s a great player,” Staehling said, “but I knew I was the next guy up. I just had to do my thing I guess.”