Spring Valley (WQOW) — The Cardinals earned a share of the Dunn-St. Croix title last season, but with the talent they have coming back an outright title is in their reach.
Spring Valley has six starters returning on offense, and five back on defense. That includes first-team all-conference quarterback and defensive back Aaron Borgerding, who’s one of the top players in division six. Along with second-team all-conference running back Nate Fesenmaier, the Cardinals will have a dangerous one-two punch in the backfield to set the tone.
“I think it really builds the team up,” says Fesenmaier, who is a junior. “They have more confidence because of guys like us, that helps lift them up and helps lift themselves up.”
“We’ve got that grittiness, and that toughness that we’re not going to let anyone beat us,” Borgerding says. “And if they do, we’re not going to let anyone beat us twice. So it’s just that grittiness that we try to instill in practice, and try to keep other teams out of the end zone.”
With how dangerous this offense has the potential of being, the Cardinals’ defense could be even better. They only allowed 68 points total in conference play last season, and have five starters returning.
“We try to prepare for team’s best plays and players, and really try to take those things away,” says head coach Ryan Kapping, who’s entering his seventh season with the Cardinals. “Make them go to what’s secondary for them, and try to make them uncomfortable. Trying to get kids to realize that what they do on each play is there job, and take ownership of that. And that they’re playing for the team.”
Spring Valley opens the season at home on August 23rd, hosting Unity in non-conference.