The Medford Raiders are two wins away from their first ever state title appearance. Despite their perfect record, this season has been far from perfect.
Medford’s starting quarterback Nate Retterath tore his ACL in week five at home against Rhinelander.
“It definitely took a toll on the linemen because we were pass blocking,” senior offensive lineman Zach Breneman said. “We let a guy get through and when he hit him, he tore his ACL. We took a mental hit on that, but that’s the kind of stuff you have to have a short memory on.”
That hasn’t stopped the Raiders though. Medford has galloped for more than 3,000 yards on the ground this year with the offensive line leading the way.
“They’ve really taken it upon themselves to say, hey, we’re a running team and we lost our quarterback, so we’re going to be even more of a running team, to say we’re going to put it on their backs,” Medford Head Coach Ted Wilson said.
“Those guys are hugely important to what our offense has done,” Wilson said. “The fact that we have a 2,000 yard rusher is a huge kudos to what our offensive line has been able to do and how far we’ve been able to get.”
“We decided to put it behind us and look forward,” senior offensive lineman Isaac Zepeda said. “To make sure no one goes through our gaps and in a way it changed us for the better.”
That big offensive line now turns its sights to Menomonie: a team that’s giving up more than 125 yards per game on the ground.