Moose Lake, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- If the Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels are to win the program's first-ever state championship this season, they will do so with the immense help of running backs Chris Gassert, Jake Disterhaupt, and Josh Cisar.
"They're able to run outside, and they're able to run inside so it makes really tough on a defense," Rebels head coach Dave Louzek said. "If they try to stop too much to the outside, then we can run it up the middle with our fullback Josh Cisar. If they really plug up the middle, then we can get it to the outside."
Disterhaupt is the team's leading rusher and scorer, but he said a lot of that is because of guys like Gassert and Cisar by his side.
"It's so nice having guys like Chris and Josh," Disterhaupt said. "They're both so talented and so good. If I have a quiet night, that's fine, because that means that both of them are probably having a really good night. That's just how it is. You can't stop three running backs."
"To call us a three-headed monster, I don't like. We're a one-headed monster," Gassert said. "Our offense is crazy, and the offensive line does so much for us in the backfield. Once we get rolling, we're not stopping."
And sometimes, even though he'll never ask them to quit, these guys get rolling just a bit too fast for head coach Dave Louzek.
"You try to make defensive adjustments with some of the players on the sideline, it's a one or two play drive, and the defense is back on the field," Louzek said. "Again, it's an amazing thing these kids are doing every year."
"It's just running in an open field," Gassert said. "It's crazy. I had a couple carries completely untouched."
Posted by Zach Schneider