Before the Brainerd Warriors raked Bemidji over the coals in the Section 8, Class 5A football playoffs Tuesday they raked a few leaves.
While defensive coordinator Steve Nunnink recuperates from an aneurysm suffered Aug. 29, leaves have been piling up in his yard.
After practice Friday, about 15-20 players, organized by defensive lineman Brandon Freihammer, raked Nunnink's yard.
"We had tacos at my house," Freihammer said. "Whoever wanted to come just came over.
"We just went out and raked his lawn. It was more (leaves) than we expected, a lot of leaves. It took us about four hours."
Cambridge (5-3) and Brainerd met in a preseason scrimmage.
Freihammer thinks the fact Brainerd played Tuesday while the Bluejackets were off may be an advantage for the Warriors.
"I think this game actually helped us more," Freihammer said. "By playing a second game against Bemidji we don't have to wait a week and a half to play another game. I think we're ready."
In its last five games, all victories, Brainerd has permitted an average of 8.6 points and 188 yards.
During that span the Warriors have forced 17 turnovers (10 fumbles, 7 interceptions) while turning the ball over just five times.
Brainerd forced Bemidji to turn the ball over four times, three of which were fumble recoveries by Nate Lucas, Matt Radniecki and Nick Nelson.
"Our defense played tremendously," Warriors coach Ron Stolski said. "Our first unit really played well. We got turnovers and we didn't turn it over."
Brainerd's only turnover, a fumble, occurred late in the fourth quarter.
Brainerd scored on seven of its first eight possessions and rushed for a season-high 450 yards.
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