Posted On: 04/14/18 1:45 PM

Usually, a players' value to his team doesn't show just in the numbers he puts up. Even a skill position player can be undervalued based solely on his numbers. Although he had a solid junior year for one of the top programs in AAAA, Northfield's Mitchell Stanchina believes his value to the Raiders' football team goes beyond his numbers.

The Raiders completed a perfect regular season before bowing out of the section playoffs earlier than anyone expected.

"We had a really good regular season," Stanchina said. "We seemed to work well together. We just fell short at the end. The regular season we pushed ourselves in practice and really benefited a lot from that."

Stanchina felt the success of the 2017 team was built on the defensive side of the ball.

"I think defense was our team's strength. We did well against the pass, and our defensive line was phenomenal against the run. When our offense was clicking, we were able to run whenever we needed to. Our receivers were running good routes, and that was opening up the inside

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