I stopped to buy a bag of charcoal at Olsen Hardware in early August and asked Hillsboro-Central Valley Burros head coach Scott Olsen how the first week of practice had gone.
Olsen shared a few insights into this year’s squad and I was headed back out the door minutes later.
However, before I left, I asked Scottie an off-the-record question, something I often ask coaches and one that appears to be making its way onto the record today: “How far can this year’s team go?”
Scottie glanced up from his screen, looked around the store to see if anyone was within earshot, and said under his breath: “We can make it to the dome.”
Being the consummate professional and award-winning journalist that I am, I responded with: “You’re sh---ing me.”
How could the Burros, who had been to a state title game three times in four years, get back to the Dome AGAIN?
Scottie, as it turned out, was not sh---ing me.
So, here we are, previewing another H-CV appearance in today’s Dakota Bowl, which marks the fourth time in the past five years that Olsen and the Burros have played in a state title game.
Olsen was confident his team could make it to Fargo way back in August, but he isn’t alone. I sat down with Burros senior lineman Barrett Willison in the Hillsboro High School library Monday afternoon to talk about this year’s 11-1 team and its march to the dome.
Like his coach, Willison had high expectations for this year’s Burros team entering the season. Here are excerpts from that conversation.
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