Moose Lake, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- A very common sight over the past six seasons has been the Moose Lake-Willow River offense lighting up the scoreboard. What maybe hasn't caught fan's eyes, though, has been the very consistent play of the Rebels defense.
"When you score 50 points game, no one really thinks a whole lot about defense, but our defense is what's been winning us games lately," Rebels senior Spencer Clough said. "If you can't stop the other team from scoring, you're not going to win many games, especially at state."
"Our defense has been very solid this year," Rebels senior Josh Cisar said. "We haven't let up many points, and we get the ball back to the offense so we can score more points."
"Our defense has been key. Obviously, if teams are scoring a lot of points on you, your offense is always busy trying to play catch up," head coach Dave Louzek said. "We've had very good defenses over the years, created a lot of turnovers, and that's really made a difference in stopping drives and giving our offense more possessions."
What's resulted is six straight trips to the state tournament, two of those seasons ending up in the Prep Bowl, but this year's seniors say the work starts long before the season's first snap.
"Every summer, our team lifts weights and stays in shape," Cisar said. "Then in the season, we work hard during practices, make sacrifices during the year, keep ourselves healthy, and we've done well every year."
"It's a lot of hard work and a lot of good coaching," Clough said. "[Coach] believes in us, and we believe in him. We put in a lot of hard work in the weight room over the summer, and we're out here working hard every single day, working through the hot heat and the snow."
Posted by Zach Schneider