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Photo by Brian Hansel Cody Yungbauer works against Verndale teammate Amos Schmidt during a pre-season drill. The Pirates will host Brandon-Evansville Friday in their season opener.

Pirates ready to rumble

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Verndale football players have always known that Mike Mahlen can take them to the Metrodome if they are willing to supply the muscle.

Last spring some members of the team went on the offensive and caught the 41-year coaching veteran a little off guard.

They wanted extra practices.

The thinking goes like this: how much time you spend on the field determines how long you will be out there in the fall. Come late October, you have to win.

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