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An improved Carter Brickman has the Winner offense clicking on all cylinders

What did Winner work on during the BYE week
Sep 14, 2017

By Rich Winter

Gotta tell ya, that 24-6 season opening loss to Sioux Falls Christian is looking better and better for the Winner football team. Sioux Falls Christian, with the win over Winner and two big blowout wins over MOPO and Canton has ascended to the No. 1 slot in this week's 11B rankings. 


I still hearken back to that SFC contest as it felt like Tripp County took a collective punch to the gut with the result of that game. New quarterback, new offensive line, new practically everything and were it not for some weird turnovers and such in the first half, Winner, despite not playing their best hung with the No. 1 team in 11B for the entirity of a scoreless second half. 


Well, since then, the Warriors seem to have found their identity and this is a return to Winner football, hitting people in the mouth and moving the chains. 


Big win over Stanley County and then, of course, an impressive, grind-it-out, 14-0 win over highly-thought-of, West Central of Class 11A. 


So, it is with cautious optimism that I wonder aloud what did Dan Aaker work on with his boys during the recent bye week? Full interview with Aaker and the Lightning Rod coming out Friday morning. 


While this is no assault on QB, Carter Brickman's play at QB, I'm guessing the senior comes out and runs that offense to perfection on Friday. For the last three seasons it was hand the keys to the offense and let Drew DeMers orchestrate things to perfection. This year, while the offense is starting to click, it takes a minute to get all the intricasies of a Dan Aaker offense down pat. 


Take a look at the video clip from the Stanley County game. From my perspective, it looks like Brickman executes the play fake to perfection before handing it off to Matt Smither. Nothing wrong with that play, but I bet Brickman executes it just a little tighter Friday against Valentine. 


Takes a minute to learn to play QB and I think Brickman has done yoeman's work learning the position. Guessing the bye week was spent perfecting it. 


Look for a few new wrinkles in the offense against Valentine, nothing crazy, but something new will spring out of the playbook this week. 


Aaker challenged his guys to be more physical after than week one loss, and while the bye week was likely spent healing up little dings and nicks, it was also emphasizing the only way this 2017 team can hoist another trophy is if they get after people on every single snap. 


Five games left on the schedule and the road looks speed-bump free, cept for a big matchup with a Jazz Dominguez led Chamberlain squad on Sep. 29th...


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