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Osseo's Sonnenfeld Can't Get Enough of Rivalry

Sep 01, 2016 08:11AM ● By Doug Erlien

Joey Sonnenfeld played wide receiver and defensive back for Osseo Senior and was part of the recent rivalry with Maple Grove. He has returned to the program as a coach on the sophomore team. A different view with the same excitement when it comes to playing the Crimson.

MGV: When you think about Osseo football and playing Maple Grove what comes to mind?

JS: Playing Maple Grove was always a highlight of the season. It’s just an all-around fun week. The hype and anticipation for the rivalry game is crazy for a high school football game. Nothing is better when you can just feel the energy of the crowd and you know for a fact that you are going to get the most out of both teams because it is such an emotional game between the two schools. It was always my favorite game of the year!

Are there any specific games against Maple Grove that stick out to you?

Not really any specific game, I just remember coming out Friday nights and the crowd being crazy and the atmosphere was just amazing. It’s the Osseo-Maple Grove rivalry game and it’s just always fun to play them.

What makes this rivalry so special?

Just the energy with it. When we were all in junior high, a lot of Osseo and Maple Grove guys went to junior high together and then they go to different high schools. It’s just a friendly…not so friendly competition. It’s just fun playing against friends and other people you might know.

Do you wish on a week like this that you could put the pads on one more time?

No doubt. I would do anything to get back on the field.

Does it change as a coach as opposed to a player?

It’s a totally different perspective. I’m not used to telling guys what to do but I can give these guys a lot of my insight on the ins and outs of this game that I played my whole life. 

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 

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