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Countdown to Kickoff: Wisconsin Rapids Red Raiders

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) - Wisconsin Rapids will be leaning on its defense this year. 

And why not? 

The Red Raiders keep players on one side of the ball and feel good about who they've got running the new four-four defense. 

"Defense looks fantastic this year," says head coach Tony Biolo.  "Returning a lot of people, we're expecting big things from them and hopefully they keep us in a lot of games." 

Defense is the strength of the Red Raiders, but on offense the offensive line is completely replaced and there is inexperience in the backfield.  Rapids players want to remind fans that there will be a learning curve. 

"It's going to be a test to see what they can do," says senior Ethan Elgersma.  "There's a lot of younger guys back there. I think the first couple of games will be low scoring, until our offense gets in the groove."

But with the kind of defenders the Red Raiders have, they don't expect a slow-starting offense to be a problem.

"It takes a lot of pressure off," says senior quarterback Cort Halbur.  "It won't be high scoring games, they'll be low scoring games, they might even score some themselves."

If the offense doesn't round out by midseason, the Raiders will explore playing guys on both sides of the ball.   

Kevin Lu...Newsline 9 sports.

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