Holdingford had a season to remember in 2012 and the Huskers’ expectations remain high.
One memorable thing about 2012 was Holdingford breaking a 10-game losing streak to Pierz in football.
The Huskers and the Pioneers renew their rivalry at 7 p.m. Friday at Pierz in the Central Minnesota Conference opener.
“We’ve had some close games with them,” Holdingford senior quarterback Mitch Messman said. “Last year in our CMC opener, we squeaked one out (a 12-7 win). Then, we figured a few things out and it opened up in the (Section 6-2A) playoffs (with a 42-21 win).”
Until last year, Pierz won 10 straight going back to 2004, many convincingly. The Pioneers hadn’t lost to the Huskers since a 31-27 loss Sept. 19, 2003.
Holdingford, which equally dominated the CMC with Pierz and Eden Valley-Watkins throughout the 1990s, hit a tough patch through most of the 2000s until putting it all together last year.
Holdingford won the conference and advanced to the state Class 2A quarterfinals for the first time since 2000.
Pierz opened Thursday with a 40-7 victory over Milaca. Holdingford beat St. Cloud Cathedral 22-19.
Like Cathedral, Pierz is a Class 3A program this year after a realignment process that takes place every two years. Holdingford remains in Class A.
The goal Friday? “Win,” said Holdingford senior slot Cody Bialka. “That’s what we’re trying to do.”