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Spartans build up for the 2010 season

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The Spartans stretch before practice. Ulen-Hitterdal is a senior-laden squad, which should make them more than competitive throughout the season.2 / 7
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The 2010 season will be a coming of age party for the Ulen-Hitterdal football team.

After a couple of seasons of playing young and inexperienced players, the Spartans are now the exact opposite.

The majority of the nine-man football team is back and plenty of them will be three-year starters at that.

"We feel we are a deep team with good players returning," said U-H head coach Dustin Flaten. "Our goal is to be playing in the section championship game."

There will be a number of contributors the Spartans can rely on, including senior Dylan Stevens, who came just two yards shy of rushing for 1,000 yards with 998.

"Dylan will get the bulk of the carries, but Adam Wibe will also see some," Flaten said. "We'll employ a running back by committee, along with fullback Kelvin Oberg."

The Spartan's offense will be led by first-year starter sophomore Landon Schultz at quarterback.

Schultz is football savvy and can "think on his feet."

"He has a big arm and if the offensive line allows him time, we should be able to pass well," Flaten said.

The offensive line will possess good size and also solid experience.

Dave Lien is back at center, as are Travis McCollum at guard and four-year starter Justin Carpenter.

Each of Troy Peterson and Jacob Brooks are back as U-H's tight end duo.

Colby Anderson will see action split out at wide receiver, with running back Nolan Briard also seeing time out wide.

"Our main focus on offense will be to have crisp and clear fundamentals," Flaten said. "We also need to take care of the ball and grind it out."

The defense is in the same mold as the offense -- experienced.

Peterson will be the key component at middle linebacker and will supply more than plenty of tackles.

"He's a stud for us," the U-H coach of Peterson. "Troy can get back into coverage well and is a hard hitter. He just works extremely hard."

Aaron Green is a returner, with Brooks manning a tackle position.

At defensive end, Carpenter is a four-year starter, with McCollum adding some speed from the edge.

Briard and Jerell Green each will be solid defensive backs, as Wibe returns at safety as a three-year starter.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.