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MSU-Northern Football Preparing in Spring to Finish Strong in Fall

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The MSU-Northern football team is working to get better this Spring and to do that, they have to put last year's season ending 5 game losing streak exactly where it needs to be - behind them.

"Probably the biggest thing is just don't worry about. I mean, it happened, and hopefully the kids coming back can learn from it," said Head Coach Mark Samson.

One of those players returning is stud running back and CMR alum Zach McKinley who rushed for over a 1000 yards and had 12 touchdowns but says this year it's all about winning football games.

"Sometimes last year we didn't finish in the 4th quarter so we're working on finishing, especially finishing practice and everything we do - it's got to be a finish. Our other motto is 'win' which is 'whatever is necessary' so whatever it takes to get that W in the end is what we want to do," said Zach McKinley, Lights Sophomore RB.

The Lights motto and new approach is going well so far saying they are happy with their off-season preparation.

"We've had a lot of new guys coming but I think we've had the best winter conditioning since I've been here. Everyone is giving it all they have and I think we've gotten a lot faster. And I think our chemistry has grown a lot so I'm excited about seeing how we do in spring ball and going into the fall," said Senior Safety, Hunter Chandler.

Northern is optimistic but they still have some question marks in the defensive backfield and at quarterback.

"We need to replace quite a few kids that left. We have probably about 14 starters back, I'm guessing. And the biggest thing is we got to get our quarterback coached up. Secondary, we're a little thin right now, we gotta get better there in a hurry," said Samson.

Get better and play hard. That's what they'll have to do if they want to compete all season long in a tough Frontier Conference.

"Just got to buckle down and play hard and make sure your kids when they go out and play a game they don't do things that cause the other team to win. In other words, you don't lose games because of the mistakes you make, you lose because the other team is better," said Samson.

Northern is working to make sure they are the better team, putting the sweat in this Spring so they can prove it late in the Fall.

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