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Hawley high school football team set to play all games away from home this upcoming season

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Hawley, MN (WDAY TV) - We still have about 8 weeks before first down Friday, but when it arrives you won't see our cameras at Hawley's football field. 

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That's because it's getting a facelift, as part of the near $12 million project to renovate the school and some of its buildings, Nuggets head coach Peder Naatz says a new drainage system will be put in on the football field, and the grass will be removed and freshly hydro-seeded.

In order for the new grass to take hold, the team will take a year off their new field and play home games at other sites, such as Moorhead's new turf field, Concordia and the Fargodome.

Peder Naatz/Hawley Football Coach: “The drainage has been a problem for quite some time, for many years. It's just been a matter of us kind of agreeing to do that with our team to take the year off. It will create a little more adversity throughout the year. It will just give our kids a different ways to play and different places to play and get used to it. The kids are so resilient they bounce back from everything so fast, that's one of the great things about being a high school coach, is working with these young guys. the kids are alright with it, everybody will adjust.”

The Nuggets have only lost one home game over there last 3 seasons.

We'll see if they can have similar success at their temporary home fields.

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