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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • A competitive year for the B/C football squad

  • According to Coaches Gary Blom and Jon Wilson, this football season instead of playing a separate B schedule with the sophomores and a C schedule with the freshman, SJA decided to put both groups together and play one schedule.
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  •     According to Coaches Gary Blom and Jon Wilson, this football season instead of playing a separate B schedule with the sophomores and a C schedule with the freshman, SJA decided to put both groups together and play one schedule.
        The Saints did this for several reasons. One main reason for this change was to make sure the players were getting enough quality practice time.
        In years past, with about 15 kids per grade out for football, the freshman by themselves didn’t have enough numbers for a quality practice (11 on 11 scrimmage setting) and more often than not the sophomores would not get many reps with the varsity group.
        Making this change allowed for both classes to get more “game-like” experience. Another factor was that this years sophomores, having only played one full season with actual games, would benefit from this level of competition.
        Overall this ‘trial’ went very well. The Saints were 2-2 in conference games (against other freshman teams) and very competitive in all but one of our games.
        I think the kids would agree that they improved greatly as the year went on; even though we lost the last 4 games we played.
        The coaches felt the season was very rewarding for both our players and for us. Our kids worked hard at practice and showed a desire to become better football players and also a better football team.
        The 2012 Game Results:
    Columbia Heights – Won 28-20
    St. Peter – Won 28-22
    New Ulm – Won 28-20
    MCW – Lost 3-0 in OT
    JCC – Lost 64-6
    BEA – Lost 20-8
    Fairmont – Lost 7-0
        The 2012 team roster:
    John Foss
    David Bradley
    Josh Stordalen
    Kaleb Mohwinkel
    Luke Tonsager
    Bransen Petersen
    Cole Skow
    Daniel Camacho
    Andrew Kinnetz
    Colin Hoppe
    Dustin Hjelmer
    Tyler Westman
    Cody Steinbrink
    Jordan Sandmeyer
    Jonathan Soto
    Alex Martinez
    Brady Halvorson
    Austen Gonzalez
    Chris Jones
    Ross Blomgren
    Noah Pinke
    Devon Taft
    Tylar Larson
    Paul Hanson
    Derek Meyer
    Ethan Stick
    Austin Heffle
    Micheal Torres
    Angel Gracia
    Chris Johnson
    Gage Bolte
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