Hermantown, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The Hermantown Hawks had quite the start to 2011.
They knocked off Duluth Denfeld in week one and took back 'The Hammer' from Proctor in week two.
Entering week five and the Hawks were still undefeated at (4-0), prompting them to realign their goals for the season.
"We refocused our goals after we achieved a couple, and that was to get off to a better start and beat Proctor," Hawks head coach Daryl Illikainen said. "Then, once you get to (3-0) and (4-0), you've got to think about what's your next goal."
"Probably our main one right now is winning the conference championship," Hermantown senior Jeremy Peterson said.
"Conference champs, we're going to strive for that and stay undefeated hopefully," Hawks senior Cord Reno said.
"Of course, conference championship and section championship," Hermantown senior Corey Anderson said.
"We're focused on the conference championship and playoffs," Hawks senior Frank Lesar said.
So the Hawks have outlined their new goals for this season, and while they said they are 100 percent focused on winning this year, it isn't lost on them that this year also marks the 70th anniversary of football at Hermantown high school.
"The first thing that comes to mind is my uncle, the guy the field's named after," Anderson said. "He was obviously one of the best athletes to come out of here, so it means a lot to me."
"Every paper that came out in Hermantown was about the tradition and history of football, so we read that," Reno said. "I really think that's helped our success this season."
And wouldn't it be fitting for the Hawks to make their sixth trip to the state tournament on the program's 70th birthday?
Posted by Zach Schneider