Posted On: 08/22/17 7:00 PM

1. Owatonna
2016 Finish: 8-3, lost in State Semifinals
Returning Starters: 12 (7 O, 5 D)

The Huskies will run the ball until stopped on offense and and load up to stop the run on defense, which is usually a recipe for success in Minnesota high school football. Receivers Noah Budach and Alex Raichle give quarterback Abe Havelka some talented weapons in the passing game, but this team will probably feed junior Jason Williamson to the tune of at least 20 carries each week, provided its offensive line matures.

Raichle is the star of a strong back end of the defense. The Huskies also return linebackers Zach Mensink and Mitch Wiese, but an almost entirely new defensive line will need to step early in the season against the run.

Owatonna’s performances against Apple Valley and Elk River put everyone else on notice that this team will contend in 2017. If they can find a couple replacements on the offensive and defensive line, the Huskies will take home the Class AAAAA hardware in November.

2. Elk River
2016 Finish: 13-0, won State

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