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A-R starts ‘08 with familiar foe

By Staff | Aug 29, 2008

ARMSTRONG – Class 8-Man No. 2 Armstrong-Ringsted opens the 2008 season in a non-district game against a former district team in Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka.

The two teams were in the same district a year ago with the Mustangs winning easily 55-0 over the Panthers.

WCLT finished 2007 with an 0-6 record in district play and 2-7 overall.

“Last year they were very young, so how good they are depends on how their players developed over the last year,” said A-R coach Robert Zotz.

The Mustangs begin their quest to make the playoffs for the third consecutive season in 8-player football.

Zotz said the first game is always ‘nerve-racking.’

“You don’t know if they put in any new wrinkles over the summer,” he said. “Last year, they were a running football team. They ran multiple defense that keep you on your toes.”

With running back Tyler Tonderum and quarterback Ridge Christiansen returning in the backfield, there’s no question what the Mustangs will try to do.

“Our philosophy is to run the ball and keep it on the ground,” said Zotz.

Between the two players, they totaled over 2,700 rushing last year.

Christiansen passed for over 1,100 yards last season, but lost his main receiver-Brett Tigges-to graduation.

Look for the Mustangs to control the ball most of the game.