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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Renville County West head football coach Ryan Hebrink goes over adjustments in the offensive line dictated by 9-man football at the end of Thursday early practice at the high school in Renville. It will be the Jaguars' first year playing a nine-man schedule (Southern Confederacy Conference). The roster is only 25 deep but 10 are seniors. The season opener is Aug. 31 at Madelia with the home opener Sept. 7 versus Mountain Lake at Danube.

Prep Football: RCW's move was just a matter of time

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Two years ago, even the most proud and stubborn Renville County West football fan had to be thinking the end was near.

The team was down to a handful of players and had to forfeit half its varsity games because of the low numbers. It was either that or dig down into its junior high rosters and put those undersized, inexperienced kids up against teams comprised mostly of athletes four or five years older, competing in perhaps the state's best Class A conference.

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Tom Larson

Tom Larson is the sports editor of the West Central Tribune.

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