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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton There's reason to believe the Warriors will have a hard defense to score on with second-year standouts like defensive backs Brandon Krona (22) and Daryl Thomas (9) and linebackers Rodney Lamar (13) and Jon Cross (11), the 2010 Southern Division tackle leader.

With numbers, size, speed outlook looks bright for 2011 Warriors

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WILLMAR -- After a 2-7 campaign in 2010, the Ridgewater College football program has rebounded with what looks like one of its finest teams in a decade.


The roster is nearly 70 strong; there's size, speed, experience, and best of all, the coaches will tell you, "a great attitude and willingness to work to be better football players."

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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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