Mondovi, Durand (WQOW) -- The long-time local rivalry between Mondovi and Durand will get ratcheted up this season, now that both the Buffaloes and Panthers play in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference.
The Buffaloes are looking to bounce back after a season in which they went 1-5 in the DSC, 3-6 overall. Head coach Mike Sinz says his team was in all but one of those games, and a good finish to 2014 carried over to great effort in the offseason.
"The way that we ended the season, the last three games, we felt we played three of our best games during the season, without a doubt," says Sinz, "you know, we beat Antigo [in] week nine, which was a Division 3 playoff team, physically matched up with them which was great to see, we're hoping that's a springboard to the 2015 season. Our kids had a great offseason, this was the best offseason by far, as far as weight room attendance, we'd have about 25 kids in the morning, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday's for lifting, basically, December through May, and I think that will show Friday night."
The Buffaloes begin the season on Friday, August 21, when Mondovi hosts G-E-T.
Just down the road in Durand, the Panthers are looking forward to their first season in the Dunn-St. Croix after several decades in the Middle Border. Last season, Durand went 1-5 in the MBC, and 1-7 overall. Another change for the Panthers this year, head coach Rod Rosemeyer is tweaking the team's traditional offense.
"We're still running our single wing offense that we've run," says Rosemeyer, "we're going to add some elements to it, maybe spread things out a little bit, we think we've got some guys who can catch the ball and some guys that can throw it, so we're going to be spreading things out a little more and see if we can throw the ball a bit more."
"We got a lot of guys back coming back on both sides of the ball," says Panthers senior running back/defensive back Travis Bauer, "we were really young so we got a lot of experience coming back, so yeah, we really know each other, we got the chemistry down."
"Last year we had a slow start, didn't come off the ball very well, weren't looking to hit or anything," says Durand senior fullback/linebacker Logan Polzer, "this year, we got a lot of guys coming back, we're excited, it's gonna be a good year."
Durand opens the season on Friday, August 21, when the Panthers play at former MBC rival Baldwin-Woodville.