Before this football season the Brainerd Warriors set five goals.
They included winning the Central Lakes Conference and Section 8, Class 5A championships, going unbeaten in the regular season, playing together as a team and enhancing the Warrior Way.
Brainerd accomplished all of its goals before Champlin Park ended one of the most successful seasons in Warriors history Friday with a 41-13 victory at Adamson Field.
Brainerd won 10 straight games until Friday. And, what happened Friday can't overshadow a fifth consecutive conference championship or a section title.
"This senior group is 27-5," Warriors coach Ron Stolski said.
"I did the math the other day," he added. "We're 133-41 in the last 16 years. That's pretty darn good. When I reflect on that I think we've played outstanding football here so one game does not a season make for these kids."
Warriors linebacker and captain Korey Horn agreed.
"Truthfully, we can't be fully disappointed with what we've done," Horn said. "Going into (Friday) we didn't think the score was going to be like that and I don't think it should be.
"They're not that much better of a team, but they're a good team. They came up here, and they beat us. But we're all real proud of each other and what we've done."
Champlin Park coach Mike Korton said the Warriors should be proud.
"We were the only two undefeated teams left in 5A," Korton said. "Brainerd could beat a lot of teams in the state right now. I'm just happy with the way we showed up."
Mike Bialka can be reached at email@example.com or at 855-5861.
Brainerd Dispatch ©2013. All Rights Reserved.