In five years as the head coach of Bishop Ryan, Roger Coleman said this year’s team has surprised him the most.
Nearly 65 percent of the Lions’ roster from a year ago is new and they are one win away from the Dakota Bowl while being led by a freshman quarterback in Jett Lundeen.
“We have a lot of young guys playing and guys that hadn’t played football for a couple years or not at all,” Coleman said Wednesday.
“Some of our seniors hadn’t played for us for a couple years or didn’t go to our school, so it’s been a pleasant surprise.”
It’s been a survive-and-advance mentality for Bishop Ryan (10-1) this season.
The No. 4-seeded Lions got past Hazen in the Class 11B quarterfinals and edged Velva-Garrison 26-20 in triple overtime last week to advance to a 4 p.m. Saturday semifinal contest against Hillsboro-Central Valley (10-1).
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