The Wisconsin Rapids football team lost six of it's nine games in 2012, with five of those losses coming by five points or less.
This year the Red Raiders are looking to improve and that looks to be possible with some experience returning to the gridiron.
All-Valley fullback Ryan Duxbury returns as the leading workhorse for the Red Raiders' triple-option offense.
Something new the team has to look forward to is that Rapids will have freshman practicing with upperclassmen for the first time in coach Tony Biolo's tenure at the school. Coach says this will give him enough players to have two junior varsity squads this season.
The team says they've worked hard for a strong foundation to their season.
"Being together as a team and lifting in the weight room is just essential and they've had a great summer with that and did a nice job last winter," says Biolio. "A lot of guys went for multi-sport athletes so that helps us and makes a difference."
"This is the best group of guys I've ever been around. It's like a brotherhood we've formed," raves Duxbury. "We have a lot of younger guys coming up and starting, but we've made big steps and I'm looking forward to it- it's going to be a great year."
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