Pine River-Backus Tigers Varsity Football Back In 2019

Pine River-Backus Tigers Varsity Football Back In 2019
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NORTHERN STATE ON THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 5TH.>>>TODAY WAS DAY ONE OF THE HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SEASON IN MINNESOTA AS TEAMS THROUGHOUT THE STATE WOKE UP WITH DREAMS OF SECTION CHAMPIONSHIPS AND STATE TITLES. BUT AS SPORTS REPORTER CHAZ MOOTZ EXPLAINS, FOR THE PINE RIVER BACKUS FOOTBALL TEAM, GETTING BACK ON THE FIELD THIS YEAR IS A WIN IN ITSELF.>>AS FALL APPROACHES, LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAMS GEAR UP FOR THE UP COMING SEASON. LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME, THE PINE RIVER BACKUS VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAM WAS FORCED TO SHUT DOWN THEIR SEASON BECAUSE OF LOW NUMBERS. THERE WERE NO FANS IN THE STANDS, NO PLAYERS ON THE FIELD. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS WERE TURNED OFF.>>IT WAS PRIMARILY A SAFETY THING. YOU KNOW, WE HAD ONE SENIOR, A HANDFUL OF JUNIORS AND ONLY A FEW SOPHOMORES LAST YEAR. I THINK WE’VE PROBABLY HAD TEN.>>WE KIND OF HAD TO DO IT. WE DIDN’T HAVE NUMBERS. WE WERE BASICALLY ABLE TO PUT ONE LINE UP UP AND HAVE THREE EXTRA KIDS. IT WASN’T WORTH IT OVERALL >>THERE’S NO WAY WE CAN COMPETE OR EXPECT THESE GUYS TO PLAY A VARSITY SCHEDULE UNDER THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES. SO I THINK IT WAS A TOUGH CALL, BUT I THINK WE MADE THE RIGHT ONE FOR LAST YEAR.>>WITH THE LOW NUMBERS, MEMBERS OF THE TIGER FOOTBALL TEAM HAD TO DO SOMETHING THAT MOST HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS NEVER HAVE TO EXPERIENCE.>>WE RECRUITED ALL SUMMER LONG, TRYING TO GET MORE KIDS OUT, AND THEN ONCE OUR SPORTS MEETING CAME AND I SAW ALL THE KIDS THERE, IT WAS ONE OF THE HAPPIEST THINGS EVER TO KNOW WE COULD ACTUALLY HAVE VARSITY.>>EVEN THOUGH THE TIGERS COULDN’T PUT TOGETHER A FULL VARSITY TEAM LAST YEAR, THEY WERE ABLE TO PLAY AGAINST SOME OTHER LOCAL JV TEAMS WHICH SHOULD BENEFIT THEM FOR THE UP COMING SEASON.>>KEEP US FRESH THROUGH THE YEAR SO WE STILL HAD STUFF TO DO. USUALLY FIRST DAYS ARE A LITTLE ROUGH. WE DID PRETTY GOOD. WE WERE REMEMBERING STUFF FROM LAST YEAR. I THINK EVERYONE IS EXCITED.>>REPORTING IN PINE RIVER, CHAZ MOOTZ, LAKELAND NEWS.>>THE TIGERS WILL OPEN UP THEIR SEASON AT HOME ON AUGUST 30TH

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