2014 Fall Football Camp Tour: Oak Grove Grovers
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Welcome to Week 2 of our Fall Camp Tour as we prep you for the upcoming high school season, tonight we're in Fargo for a closer look at the Oak Grove Grovers.
It was a rough transition in the first year of 9-man in 2013. The Grovers finished 1-8, only two starter’s return to this 2014 team that opens with Hankinson on August 26th.
For the few seniors on this Grover team, their high school careers haven't been what they dreamed of. With only one win the last two seasons, getting motivated won't be a problem this year.
Christian Adams/Oak Grove Senior QB/LB: "All teams have to find something to feed the fire and it's pretty easy for us to find stuff to feed the fire with. Especially with the last couple seasons being pretty underwhelming.”
Peter Bueide/Oak Grove Senior FB/LB: "You just kind of use your failure to provide fuel to want success. That's what kind of motivates a lot of guys out here. You look back on the past few seasons and you don't see much success but that just makes us want to come out here and win even more."
In the nine games they played last year, the Grovers either led or were tied at halftime. With only one win to show form it, the focus this year will be learning how to finish.
Derek Bakken/Oak Grove Head Coach: "We know we can play football for 24 minutes, the first 24. We're not getting touchdowns in the fourth quarter against the two's and the three's. Even though we're a little smaller, we have to work a little smarter."
This year won't be about just wins and losses for Oak Grove, one of the main focuses for this year's seniors will be laying a foundation, and getting younger players excited about Grover football once again.
Adams: "I want to have fun my last year but I also want to leave a great tradition and great program for these younger kids so I can come back and watch them go to playoffs and go to state like I never have."
Bueidi: "Kind of think about the past years and you just want to make sure that freshman coming in to the locker room first day of practice next year is walking into a good place and a place he can have success."
2014 will be Oak Grove's last year playing 9-man football, transferring back to Class A in 2015.
Grovers have just three wins over the past four years.