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Stanley County QB Riley Hannum and the Buffs take on MVP on Thursday in Ft. Pierre

Is there a more intriguing opener in the state than MVP at Stanley County
Aug 15, 2017

By Rich Winter

With the high school football season about 51 hours, six minute and 25 seconds away from starting, I'm already salivating to see new stars emerge on the gridiron. Of all the openers, I am jonesing to see the MVP at Stanley County game for a number of reasons. Both schools are making the transition from 9AA to 11B and with that move up, on paper, I would expect a few bumps as kids get used to playing a new brand of football.


While the general consensus might be the teams will start slow with the transition, don't bank on it, Stanley County QB, Riley Hannum is fired up and ready to play some 11 man football. 


"It's going good. It's not a whole lot different from 9 man just 2 more guys and a lot more zone coverage instead of man to man in 9 man," Hannum said. "Personally I like it better from the quarterback position because I have more weapons on the outside. We have a tough schedule but we're excited to prove the state wrong again like we have the past two years."


Had the opportunity to watch Hannum play against Gregory in the 9AA playoffs. While Gregory was in beast mode, Hannum showed some skills as a sophomore, and with a year under his belt appears ready to lead this Buffs squad. 


Gotta admit, watching that SC vs. Gregory game a year ago, the Buffs coaching staff is just physicall intimidating to stand next to. Tom O'Boyle, Max Foth, Kurt Seibel and Kyle Mobley and a few other volunteer assistants should have the Buffs ready to make the transition. 


Like some of the speed at the RB positions, but some big losses to replace with the likes of Damon Hofteizer and Cutter Gillespie moving on to college. 


MVP - Like Stanley County, the coaching staff over at MVP is rock solid and will greatly aid in the transition to 11-man football. Head coach Brent Olson along with assistants Ryan Pryor, Max Schaffer, Dillon Johnson, Colome's Zach Harter, Pat Mikkonen, Ryan Baker and Shay Johnson.


Was hoping to visit with Olson this week but crossed up on phone numbers. The Lightning Rod, Jody Brozik, was able to visit with Olson during a recenty MVP practice and Olson noted his squad is very young with just two 18-year olds on the roster this season. 


Only seeing five seniors on the roster for MVP

10 Kaden Karst QB/LB 6'2 155 12
20 Kyle Glanzer RB/DB 5'9 145 12
21 Dane Rihanek RB/DB 5'9 155 12
62 Jesus Apodaca OL/DL 5'9 245 12
66 Dylan Gerlach OL/DL 5'8 205 12

Assuming Karst gets the nod at QB with Glanzer and Rihanek getting a lot of carries and catching some balls out of the backfield. 


I gotta admit I don't know squat about MVP football, but, I will by Saturday morning.


The game will be webcast on two sites...

http://gobuffslive.com and



Big game for both of these squads as they make the transition to 11B football. Tough schedules for both and I'm dang excited to see who wants it more in a matchup that appears dead even on paper.


Let the games begin. 








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