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The building blocks for the offense are these returning starters, from left, right tackle Robert Johnson, center Jack LaPatka, right guard Ade Sobande and quarterback Jackson Illies. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

After a year with the spread offense, Ridgewater goes to ground

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WILLMAR - It's back to run first for the Ridgewater Warriors after implanting a wide-open spread formation last autumn.

The Warriors open their nine-game schedule against Itasca at 11 a.m. Saturday at Husky Stadium in St. Cloud.


The Warriors finished 4-5 last fall.

The roster lists 11 sophomores and 45 freshmen.

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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