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Posted On: 07/3/20 10:45 AM

When you play for a school in Class AAAA or higher, not many guys have the chance to play varsity football as a ninth-grader. Rarer still is a freshman playing in the trenches. That was precisely the opportunity Hill-Murray’s Christian KoenigChristianKoenig6'4" | OL/DLHill-Murray | 2023StateMN had when the 2019 season opened. Although his season was cut short by injury, the soon to be sophomore is ready to contribute in a big way on a team he feels can do big things in 2020.

"Last year’s Pioneer team was young and talented, but we had a few injuries," Koenig said. "With several players playing both ways on our team, the larger schools in our conference could outlast us. We ultimately ended up with a 3-7 record with a few of the losses being close until the end."

One of those injuries was to Koenig.

"I was overly excited when I made the varsity squad as a 9th grader to see what I could do," Koenig said. "Unfortunately, I had an injury to my ACL incredibly early in the season."

Koenig’s rehab started as soon as possible.

"I was able to focus on recovery, strength training, and getting myself set up for the best

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