Mondovi (WQOW) — The Buffaloes have high expectations entering the 2019 season. As 15 starters return on both sides of the ball, making their experience a huge strength.
That includes eight all-conference performers from a year ago, including seniors Raith Bauer, Carter Johnson, Jackson Falkner, Justin Rykal, Nolan Seipel, Cade Brenner, Owen Schultz, and junior Tanner Marsh. This senior class is very talented, and think their chemistry on the field puts them right in the mix for another Dunn-St. Croix conference title.
“We all know each other, we’ve been playing together since sixth grade,” says Seipel, who plays running back and linebacker. “And it’s just nice that you’re brothers, you know the guy behind you, and you trust them. So it’s really nice.”
“We’ve just got to play tough, play tough every game,” Johnson says, who is making the move to quarterback in 2019. “We had a couple tough losses to Spring Valley last year, so we’ve just got to work hard every week and try to get them dubs.”
Craig Loscheider begins his third season as head coach for the Buffaloes, and once again thinks their defense will be a strength. The unit only allowed 72 points in conference play in 2018, and have eight starters back on that side of the ball.
“Week in and week out they were really tough to move the ball on, and a lot of those key kids are back,” Loscheider says. “So we set high goals for them. Internally we have some things that we’re working on, and just goals that we have set for us to be a historically good defense.”
Mondovi opens the season at home on August 23rd, taking on Eleva-Strum in non-conference.