Mahnomen Indians face Red Lake Tuesday in playoff openerMahnomen, MN (WDAY TV) - The Minnesota section playoffs begin Tuesday and if there's one certainty, it’s that the season is just beginning for the Mahnomen Indians.
By: Eric Manlove, WDAY
Mahnomen, MN (WDAY TV) - The Minnesota section playoffs begin Tuesday and if there's one certainty, it’s that the season is just beginning for the Mahnomen Indians.
The defending Class A champs ride a 21-game winning streak into the postseason and the winning attitude is contagious.
Nathan Hanson- Mahnomen Sr. TE/DB: “We just have that teamwork attitude.”
Mahnomen continues to hang their helmet on defense. The Indians have recorded five shutouts this season and only allowed 26 points.
Hanson: “Defense is our thing. We just pride ourselves on defense. We don't like giving up scores.”
John Clark, Jr- 13th Year Mahnomen Head Coach: “Hard-nose kids that like to hit, and they have fun playing defense and they look forward to that, sometimes I think I got to yell at them to be that aggressive on offense.”
Ask their opponents if they've brought it. The Indians lead Class A in rushing touchdowns and average nearly 50 points a game (48.4).
Austin Reitan- Mahnomen Sr. RB/LB: “The offense clicks because we make it so simple. We run the same plays over and over again in practice; same ones every day, same mesh, same footwork… They just keep running through our brain until we get it right.”
This year's senior class at Mahnomen doesn't know how to lose. In their four years of football, they are 46-2 and have never lost a regular season game. They also expect to defend their state title this season.
Reitan: “We, as a team, want to be holding that state trophy at the end of the year again; plain as that.”
It's that attitude that has helped breed success for Mahnomen and maybe something they are drinking.
Clark: “I joke with people that there is just something in the water in Mahnomen. When parents have that baby boy, he comes out just a tough kid that likes to hit and likes to play football.”
The Indians are looking to add an eighth trophy to their case in November.
Mahnomen has appeared in the state championship game 12 times. That's the most in any class in Minnesota history.
They face Red Lake Tuesday in the playoff opener.