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Published November 23, 2011, 10:13 PM

Mahnomen looking to recreate magical '98 title run

Mahnomen, MN (WDAY TV) - Mahnomen has a football tradition that includes 4 consecutive state titles in the early 90's and another in 1998. Friday will be the Indians' first title appearance since '98.

Mahnomen has a football tradition that includes 4 consecutive state titles in the early 90's and another in 1998. Friday will be the Indians' first title appearance since '98.

The last time Mahnomen celebrated a state football title 13 years ago, current head coach John Clark was just a 1st year teacher in the district.

John Clark, Jr. – Mahnomen Head Coach: “The community buzzes with a run like this, I remember the pride the community felt, great energy, I sense that again this year and deservedly so.”

After losing a bunch of solid seniors off last years' team that made the state quarters, no expected the Indians go 13-0.

Avery Fairbanks – Mahnomen Senior Running Back: “We had high expectations but I don't think anyone else thought we'd be here.”

John Clark, Jr.: “The biggest surprise is how high a level we've played at all year...No real lapses in games, lot of new players, it's been really amazing.”

This year's team has scored the most points in school history, 514, averaging 40 a game. That’s with only one offensive lineman over 200 pounds.

John Clark, Jr.: “You look at 'em and they don't they look like a power running FB team, but they're just hardnosed kids.”

Especially on defense, where they've given up less than 6 points a game, despite being undersized against most teams.

John Clark, Jr.: “That's actually helped us because our guys know they've gotta work their tails off. Play with a chip on their shoulder.”

Luc Littlewolf – Mahnomen Senior Tight End: “We're not afraid to hit. We're known for that.”

Mahnomen will face its toughest test of the season Friday against fellow unbeaten Dawson Boyd. They average 48 points a game while giving up less than 9. Once again the Indians will be the smaller team and, probably, the underdog. And that's suits them just fine.

John Clark, Jr.: “I wouldn't hold anything past our kids. They've amazed me all year. I'm hoping for one more week.”

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