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Football Preview 2022: Strong nucleus returns for BOLD Warriors

Three all-district players return for Warriors

BOLD freshman Hudson Vosika (11) follows lead blocker Owen Flann during the first quarter of a Week 1 game against ACGC on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 at Olivia.
BOLD freshman Hudson Vosika (11) follows lead blocker Owen Flann during the first quarter of a Week 1 game against ACGC on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 at Olivia.
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OLIVIA — The BOLD football team went through a bit of a youth movement in 2021. That didn’t stop the Warriors from their usual degree of success with a 9-2 record and a spot in the Section 5A championship.

With the team a year older — and with three all-district players back in the fold — BOLD expects that success to continue in 2022.

“We have a strong nucleus back,” said Warriors head coach Derek Flann. “We have some offensive linemen to replace and a lot of speed on defense to try to replace. Our senior leadership was really good last year and we will need guys to step into those roles from day one.”

Among the Warriors’ top returners is sophomore running back/safety Hudson Vosika. The Mid State Sub-District 3 Back of the Year in ‘21, Vosika ran for 1,952 yards and 24 touchdowns and also hauled in 11 catches for 187 yards and a score.

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“He had a great freshman season, totaling almost 2,000 yards rushing,” Flann said of Vosika. “He will play more on defense this year. Any time he gets the ball in his hands, good things tend to happen for us.”

Junior guard/linebacker Tate Sheehan and sophomore guard/defensive tackle Owen Flann are back as all-district selections. Senior Stevie McMath also returns at cornerback and tight end after being named all-district honorable mention.

Other returning starters include sophomore quarterback Jack Gross, junior fullback/linebacker Austin Kiecker and senior wideout Ryan King.

“(Ryan’s) a great natural athlete that really came into his own late last year,” said Flann. King had 29 receptions for 698 yards and six TDs. “He had big games in 2021 against some of our toughest competition.”

BOLD begins the ‘22 campaign on Friday, Sept. 2 in Grove City against Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

“We are going to be young again this year, but some of these young guys have a year under their belts now and we are excited to see what they can do,” Flann said. “We hope to be able to compete with the teams at the top of our district and our section this year.”

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BOLD junior Stevie McMath (8) runs onto the field during pre-game introductions prior to a Week 1 game against ACGC on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 at Olivia.
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BOLD Warriors

Sept. 2 at ACGC, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9 vs. Upsala/Swanville, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16 at Browerville/EV, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23 vs. KMS, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30 at Maple Lake, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7 vs. Benson, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14 vs. Kimball, 7 p.m.

Oct. 19 at BBE, 7 p.m.

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