'It's just cool having your dad be your coach;' Olsen father-son duo leading Burros on state championship run | INFORUM

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"It's amazing," he said. "As a kid, you wish to be in a position to play in a state championship and we're gonna prepare and do anything we need to get the win."

At 11-1, HCV has won 11 consecutive games, including two in the playoffs over a Central Cass team that beat the Burros to open the season, and Bishop Ryan who was heavily outplayed by the Burros in the Class 11B semifinals.

Riley isn't just preparing for the Dakota Bowl against Kindred with his teammates and coaches, but he's also preparing with his dad, Scott, who also happens to be the head coach.

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"It's just cool having your dad be as your head coach. It builds your relationship stronger than it already is," he said. "He can get mad at me sometimes more than he gets mad at everyone else, but that helps me more, makes me a better player."

Scott sees something special in his son, enough of that something to place complete trust of the offense in the junior.

"Smart player. Not the most athletic or the best arm, but he reads our option well and does the things we ask him," said Scott Olsen. "We put a lot of pressure on our triple option offense and he's responded well."

The thing about Riley, is that as long as his dad's been on the sideline, Riley's been there by his side.

"He's been with me ever since '08 when I was assistant coach when we won [state] as Hillsboro," said Scott. "And was our ball boy, always, growing up."

"Going to all the practices as a little kid, going to all the state championships when I was in junior high and stuff," said Riley, "It's just a cool experience, and I just want to get this win for the both of us."

Riley also won a state championship by his dad's side as a player in 2019. Riley was a freshman on the HCV team that went undefeated and took out Beulah 35-12 in the Class 2A title game.

Now, the two continue to prepare for Friday. As Scott continues to watch Riley, he continues to notice the growth his son makes every day at quarterback.

"As a dad, very proud of what he's done and he's exceeded my expectations," said Scott.

Riley will be playing Friday also in honor of his grandfather and uncle. Riley says both died from COVID-19.

Kindred and Hillsboro/Central Valley are slated to kick off the Class 11B title game at noon.

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