Osseo's New Voice has Orioles Fired Up
Aug 31, 2016 08:20PM ● Published by Doug Erlien
Head Coach Ryan Stockhaus addresses the Osseo football program on OFA Showcase Friday (Photo By:Doug Erlien)
Enter Ryan Stockhaus, the new Orioles Head Coach, who will have been on the job exactly 140 days when the ball is kicked off on Thursday night in Maple Grove. It’s not enough that the first time head coach will have to learn on the job with a shortened offseason and for the most part a brand new staff. He and his team open against fellow ISD 279 school Maple Grove.
Despite only being on the job 140 days, Stockhaus understands the dynamic of the rivalry and what it means to both schools.
“Rivalries everywhere are going to be what they are going to be,” Stockhaus said. “We don’t need to get any players hyped up for this game. It’s apparent everytime we talk about that game our guys get juiced up.”
Coaches search for every angle to motivate their teams and on Tuesday afternoon Stockhaus chose an interesting one. He wore the t-shirt that is being sold and will be on display on the Crimson fan section that reads “Even Orioles Bleed Crimson” and depicts a bloodied Oriole mascot.
A year removed from a state championship and it is Osseo that will now get every team’s best effort and the Orioles now have the target on their back.
“It’s about understanding who we are,” Stockhaus said. “Our team is a representation of a community that is hardworking and resilient and it’s a football community. We really focus on representing the community and making sure when they come out to watch us play, they are proud of who we are.”
The Orioles have owned the recent history against the Crimson, winning seven of the last eight regular season games.
“For us as a staff for what we’re trying to do it’s important to push distractions out to try to really focus on what we need to do to be the best players and team that we can be right now,” Stockhaus said. “I’m trying to keep it as calm as I can inside the doors and let everyone around us take care of the hype.”
Countdown to Gameday:
Monday: Maple Grove and Osseo Create One Sweet Rivalry
Tuesday: Maple Grove's Magstadt Runs Into the History Books
Wednesday: New Voice has Orioles Fired Up
Wednesday: Osseo's Sonnenfeld Can't Get Enough of Rivalry
Thursday: Gameday Preview