Posted On: 05/27/18 7:00 PM

As Zach Schroeder went last season, so did the Paynesville offense.

The versatile junior averaged more than 150 combined yards rushing and receiving, along with two touchdowns per game in the Bulldogs victories. In their losses, Schroeder averaged less than 90 yards combined and found the end zone just once -- a score late in the state semifinal loss to Caledonia.

Schroeder, who’s ranked No. 113 in NFN’s Class of 2019, said the seeds of his breakout season were planted well before his team’s first game.

“I was in the weight room 4-5 times per week and doing drills on the field the other days,” Schroeder said via email. “My teammates and I also worked hard in practice. Everyone was constantly pushing me and everyone else to get better every day.”

Bulldogs coach Max Meagher said Schroeder played a big role in the locker room too and credited the team’s closeness as something that helped propel the Bulldogs to a 9-3 record and their first state tournament berth since 2011.

“We had great team chemistry on our team last year which was a result of an entire team of players that were focused on doing

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