The ROCORI Spartans return many key players and are excited for the 2022 season after posting a 5-4 record in 2021.  The season already began last week for the Spartans with a 31-10 win over Becker on week zero.  James Herberg is the head coach of the Spartans.  He says they've put together a new offense from last year and morphed their defense into a different type of defense.  Herberg was very pleased with how the team played against Becker but acknowledged some mistakes on special teams.

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Herberg says their goal is to remain grounded and committed to getting better each week.  He says with 26 seniors on their team and the strong junior class supporting them they have the potential to be a championship football team.

Jack Spanier returns as starting quarterback for the Spartans.  Herberg says he can be a dual threat.  He says Spanier throws the ball as well as any quarterback he's been able to coach.  Spanier's top targets are Gabe Johnson, Hunter Nistler, Adam Langer and Evan Acheson.  The Rocori offensive line is senior oriented.

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Defensively Herberg says linebacker Blake Tylutki is the heart and sole of their defense and he likes the youth they have in their secondary and strength on the defensive line.

The Spartans will also sport a unique look again this year.  Herberg calls it a combination of mustache and mullet.

Projected Starters:
QB - Jack Spanier
RB - Mason Dahl
WR - Hunter Nistler
WR - Adam Langer
WR - Gabe Johnson
TE - Evan Acheson
LT - Jacob Lopau
LG - Luke Dockendorf
C - Damon Guggenberger
RG - Jon Sufka
RT - Luke Gunnerson

DE - Grady Notch
DT - Grady Minnerath
DT - Mason Orth
DE - Kaden Rausch
LB - Jaden Lopau
LB - Blake Tylutki
LB - Jackson Primus
S - Luke Van Erp
S - Grant Tylutki
CB - Thad Lieser
CB - Will Steil
2022 Schedule:
Becker 31-10 win August 26
vs. Delano, 7pm September 2
vs. Sartell-St. Stephen, 7pm September 9
at Apollo, 7pm September 16
vs. Chisago Lakes Area, 7pm September 23
at Hutchinson, 7pm September 30
at Willmar, 7pm October 7
at Big Lake, 7pm October 19
Listen to my conversation with James Herberg below.

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