Hawks Credit Summer Camp for Undefeated Season

By KBJR News 1

October 19, 2011 Updated Oct 19, 2011 at 10:28 PM CDT

Hermantown, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The Hermantown Hawks football team beat Eveleth-Gilbert 55-6 on Wednesday night, improving their record to a perfect (8-0) in the regular season.

The Hawks earned a bye in the first round of the section playoffs and will play their first postseason game on Saturday, October 29.

Both players and coaches in Hermantown pointed to a summer camp the team held as a big reason for the season's success.

"Things are going well," Hermantown head coach Daryl Illikainen said. "From the beginning, when we were in two-a-days, to the locker room pride, to the senior leadership, and to the way these kids are focusing this year. I think we learned that from last year. We have to come out with better focus, and they're just playing good football right now."

"We came off hard, and we came off as a team this year," Hawks senior Cord Reno said. "We had a summer team camp at UMD, so we really built as a team there. We came off hard, and the momentum has been rolling up which has been really good for the team."

"By the first game we had our entire playbook in," Hermantown senior Frank Lesar said. "We started earlier this summer, went to the team camp, and I think that was huge for us."

"I think that's actually what motivated us to get going this year," Hawks senior Corey Anderson said. "We went to that team camp, and just really didn't want to start off the year flat like last year. We came out strong, and it's been working for us."

"I think it's just our team and our commitment," Hermantown senior Jeremy Peterson said. "We're all really close, and we know each other."

Posted by Zach Schneider