Posted On: 03/26/20 9:55 PM

You are not going to see many high school running backs that stand 6’3" and weigh 265, but you would have if you had been watching the Verndale Pirates the last two years. Moving then-junior tight end and defensive tackle Craig Orlando Craig Orlando DL Verndale | 2020 State MN to fullback certainly paid dividends – the Pirates have gone 19-3 over the previous two years – including a trip to the state tournament in 2018. Orlando will not be playing running back next year when he suits up for North Dakota. He expects to be playing the more traditional position of defensive tackle.
"We were a young team," Orlando said about the 2019 football team. "We started six sophomores."
Despite their youth, the Pirates went 8-2.
A former tight end, as big as Orlando is, the move to fullback was not as strange as it may seem.
"I was moved to running back the last two years," Orlando said. "I think I am a good blocker. I run a 4.8 forty-yard dash, so I move pretty well for a big guy. I guess Coach Mahlen got a crazy idea the day they decided to move me."
Orlando is used to

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