New head coach, new vision for RC Stevens football team

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Last season, the Rapid City Stevens football team struggled to put points on the board and failed to make the playoffs.

But the Raiders are feeling more optimistic this year, as they gear up for a new season with a new attitude and a new head coach.

Steve Svendsen takes over at Rapid City Stevens this season. He inherits a team that finished just 1-8 a year ago.

But the Raiders return several key players that saw valuable time last season including wide receivers Bridger Nesbit, Michael Norman and Bransen Kuehl.

Meanwhile, the competition to be the Raiders’ starting quarterback this fall is still up for grabs.

“We’ve got two kids fighting for quarterback,” Stevens head football coach Steve Svendsen said. “Joe Weber is a junior and Colton Hartford is a senior. So we’ve got those two fighting for that position. Those kids have both worked hard. So it’ll be interesting down the stretch to see who steps forward into that spot.”

Rapid City Stevens opens the football season on Aug. 30 against Sioux Falls O’Gorman.

As with any new coach comes changes.

Not only does coach Svendsen want to change the culture of the team, but he’s implementing a new offense this season, as well.

Coach Svendsen said the offensive goal is to be 50/50 between run and pass in order to keep the defenses on their heels.

“Well we’re making a wholesale change, as far as, what we’re doing offensively,” Svendsen said. “We’re just going to do that. I really think a lot of verbiage has changed for them because we run more of a concept route based offense. So there’s a lot of reading that’s going on. So there’s been a big change for them. They’re learning. They’re understanding. So we’re just keeping it minimal right now. But it’s been just a wholesale change. But they’ve done a nice job of learning so far.”

Rapid City Stevens opens the season on Friday, Aug. 30 at home against Sioux Falls O‘Gorman at 8 p.m.

Then the Raiders will host Watertown on Sept. 6 during the Rushmore Bowl.

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