Grant County/ Flasher Storm Football: Welcome

State Playoffs 2004, 2006, 2007, & 2008

Welcome to the Storm Football web page. Grant County/ Flasher Storm is a football co-op between the towns of Elgin, New Leipzig, Carson, and Flasher, North Dakota. The Storm currently play 11 man football and are in the Badlands Conference ( Region 4 ).

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
- Vincent T. Lombardi

It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.
- Muhammad Ali

Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks.
- Joe Paterno

There's no substitute for guts.
- Paul "Bear" Bryant

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
- Michael Jordan

"Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing."
- Vince Lombardi

Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the ‘me’ for the ‘we.’"
Phil Jackson
Questions Storm players should ask themselves

1) What are you doing when no one is watching?

2) What have you done today to make us better as a team?

3) What have you done today to improve yourself as a student athlete?

4) Are you doing everything in your power to help us gain an edge on our opponents?

5) Are you willing to fully commit yourself to this team?

The answer must be YES to each of the questions above in order for us to achieve our goals!

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
- John Wooden

Control field position:
-        GREAT DEFENSE- Stop the run and pressure the quarterback
-        SOUND SPECIAL TEAMS- Create positive “Sudden Changes”
-        ERROR FREE OFFENSE- Exploit the defense and eliminate set backs

Play Hard: Ability- due to conditioning
Play smart: Desire- due to motivation
Be a Champion: Character- due to commitment

Thunderstruck by AC/DC

Tuesday, May 17
Mental Toughness



1.   Go harder, longer in practice every day. Every day as you start to feel tired and feel like taking a break mentally or physically on the playing field; suck it up and go all out. “One play at a time!” 


2.   Talk to yourself and do not allow the assassin from within you to defeat you.


3.   Be enthusiastic in your approach to practice and the game.



1.   It allows you to go home every night knowing you did every-thing possible to be successful today. 

2.   It keeps momentum on our side. 

3.   It physically wears out our opponent. 

4.   It helps us to be successful on 3rd down, win the sudden change, conquer in the 4th quarter, etc. 

5.   It makes you a great human being and it makes us a great defensive team. 

Monday, May 17

1.  Teamwork is the sure short cut to a good season in sports--the difference between an in-betweener and a real champion.

2.  Teamwork teaches people to sacrifice personal feelings in the interest of a group--his teammates.  It's a quality not for showoffs or big-heads.

3.  Teamwork makes for execution in a team--something fans enjoy watching; something they'll back and support.

4.  Teamwork upsets the best laid plans of opponents.  They can stop an individual star, but can't uncover a scheme to stop a group of players working as a team.

5.  An ant by itself seems to be an insignificant insect, but as a horde it terrifies even a giant elephant.  So does a well balanced team working in unison.

6.  The man sitting out a game on the substitute's bench is as important in a good team as one in action on  the field of play.  For it is his rooting, his enhusiasm that makes the men on the field fight all the harder.

7.  When facing adversity or defeat there is nothing more assuring than men pulling together in a common cause.  It may not always win ball games--but it does make for life-long friendships and memories.

8.  Teamwork requires self-control and self-discipline-elements good atheletes must posess to make for a winning team and season.

9.  Although teamwork accomplishes victories, it is essential to ward off bitterness of defeat--by group determination to practice plays and conditioning that much harder to assure future wins.

10.  Teamwork between coach and players--between children and parents--between students and teacher depend on respect for one another, a common goal, ability to make sacrifices, loyalty and above all, LOVE .

Monday, May 17


Monday, December 7

August 7th 2010. Contact any of the coaches for more information.

Thursday, January 21
Storm Track and Field

The football coaching staff is strongly encouraging all football players to become a member of the Storm track team. We strongly feel that track can make a huge impact on our football program. Track is a great opportunity to start getting yourself ready for a great football season in 2010.  Running, Sprinting, Jumping, Stretching, Throwing , Weight Lifting and COMPETING are keys to a successful FOOTBALL SEASON. STORM TRACK 2010 MAKE THE COMMITMENT!

Friday, October 30
2009 Region 4 All Conference

The Following Storm players were selected to the All Conference team. Congratulations!

Zachary Seidler

Channing Schafer

Devon McAlexander

 The Following Storm players were selected to the All Conference Honorable Mention team. Congratulations!

Devin Frank

Quincy Delaplane

Kalin Bachmeier

Matt Cummins


Friday, October 30
2009 All Region Selections

The Following Storm players were selected to the All Region team. Congratulations!

 1st Team Zachary Seidler- Line Backer

1st Team Devon McAlexander -Offensive Line

2nd Team Zachary Seidler - Tight End

2nd Team Channing Schafer - Wide Receiver

2nd Team Channing Schafer - Defensive Back


2012 Storm Football

1. Do your best academically, athletically, and socially
2. Be totally committed to Storm Football-there is no in between-you're either in or out
3. The only thing we want from you is "EVERYTHING YOU'VE GOT"

1. Always be prepared
2. We believe in doing things just a little better than our opponents
3. The little things make the big things happen
4. "Winning is the science of being totally prepared"

Work Ethic
1. Nobody will out work us-a conditioned athlete is a confident athlete.
2. I've never met a player who worked his butt off-regret it
3. I've never heard a player say don't work me hard coach I don't want to be a CHAMPION
4. If you practice soft you will play soft. If you practice hard you will play hard
5. Commitment-is what transforms a promise into reality-make the time when there is none

1. "It's amazing what you can accomplish when you don't care who gets the credit"
2. Be a part of building something up not tearing something down.
3. Encourage each other-Everyone is important
4. Hold each other accountable
5. Make no make mistake football is a team game

1. "If winning wasn't important why do they keep score?"
3. Success is a choice
4. Winners find a way-Losers find an excuse

Weight Lifting
1. Not an option-a must
2. "When you're not training someone somewhere is and when you meet they will win"
3. When your not lifting were not winning
4. A successful season comes from the dedication of the team prior to the start of the season

Mental Toughness
1. Means never giving into yourself
2. Self Motivation
3. Can't win without it

             IT'S THAT SIMPLE

Wednesday, June 7

Four Points of Good Tackling:

Very Important: Always keep your head up when playing football, especially when tackling.

Helpful Hint: To help you keep your head up when tackling try to put your eyes on the football this will ensure that your head is up and might knock the ball loose from the ball carrier.


1) HIT!

The tackler is to drive his shoulder into the ball carrier's thigh pad and or midsection. His head should be across the runner's body and UP! His hips should be under him. There should be NO bend or arch in the tackler's back. By tackling from the hit position - starting LOW, the hips give them the strength during the upward explosion that their arms never could.

2) WRAP!

The tackler should fling his arms around the ball carrier's legs and/or then pull the runner towards him with a sharp motion. His fingers should be grabbing cloth wherever possible and pulling down.

3) LIFT!

The tackler should lift the ball carrier slightly (roughly an inch or so) by exploding from his hips. This serves three purposes: it keeps the tackler on his feet, preventing dives and misses; it breaks the runner's balance and contact with the ground, and it makes the next point easier.


With short choppy steps the tackler should power the ball carrier across, rather than back along, his initial motion. The tackler should imagine they are lifting off the shoulder pads of the ball carrier. A good tackler never goes to his knees. A tackler cannot drive from his knees. A tackler that stops their feet at any time during the tackle will NOT be successful. Driving the feet is the most important part of the tackle. The tackler should know that the tackle occurs as you are running THROUGH the ball carrier; the feet should NEVER slow down or stop driving at any time during the tackle.

Stay between the ball carrier and the goal line: Tacklers should know the importance of maintaining body position between the ball carrier and the goal line that they are defending. Straight-on tackles will be rare, so also let the players know that their head must cross the front of the ball carrier when tackling from the side. If their head is to the inside or behind the ball carrier, it is easier for the ball carrier to break the tackle and also increases the potential for an arm or shoulder injury to the tackler.

Poor tackling is responsible for most offensive production in high school football, and about even more of the scoring. If you eliminate that poor tackling, you have a better chance of preventing first downs, and a better chance of keeping the other team out of your end zone.

Thursday, May 25

Everything else being equal, the team that hits the hardest will win 9 out of 10 times. - Seagle's Theory of Physicality

Team Work

Hold the Rope!
Every year a professional football team wins the championship. Every
year a college football team wins the NCAA title. Every year the best
high school team in Division A on down wins the state crown. All these
teams have one thing in common. No matter how tough it became throughout
their season, they did one thing -- they held the rope!
What is "holding the rope?" Imagine that you are hanging from the edge
of a cliff with a drop of twenty thousand feet. The only thing between
you and an fall to your death is a rope, with the person of your choice
on the other end. Who do you know that has the guts to pull you to
safety? Who will hold the rope? Who do you know that is going to let
that rope burn their hand and not let go? How many people that you know
are going to withstand the burning pain and watch the blood drip from
their hands for you?
If you can name two people, that's not good enough, because those two
people might not be around. The next time your team is together, look
around and ask yourself, "Who could I trust to hold the rope? Who is
going to let their hands bleed for me?" When you can look at every
member on your team and say to yourself that they all would hold the
rope, you are destined to win a lot of ball games. You see, the team
that holds the rope when the going gets tough are winners. When you are
down by four points with thirty seconds to go, don't give up. Yell at
your teammates to "hold the rope -- let it burn but don't let go!"
Every year there are winners and losers in all sports. Every year the
winners hold the rope. You don't have to have the best team on the field
to win the game. If you play with poise and do what your coaches ask of
you, and most of all -- hold the rope -- you will be successful. No
matter what sport you play, in order to win, you have to have a
commitment to your team. If you are supposed to run three times per
week, do it. If you have to lift weights three times per week, don't
miss. Once you start letting up at practice or start missing your
workouts, you've killed the team because you didn't hold the rope!
Don't let your team down! You've got to hold the rope!

Tuesday, March 21

Having faith in yourself is as important as knowing an assignment. We must know that we can do it and believe in ourselves. There should be no fear. Fear is a negative and it serves to imprison us. Fear can paralyze us mentally, emotionally and physically; whereas, faith will empower us to succeed and excel. Fear dis-courages; faith encourages. Fear is an illness; faith is a healing tonic. Fear will render us useless; faith makes us useful. Being afraid will leave us doubting and faith will cause us to be confident. The best thing about faith is that it is contagious and can spread throughout the team.

A famous European circus performer went to Niagara Falls and declared that in one week he was going to walk a high wire across the mighty water falls while pushing a wheel barrow. Nearly everyone scoffed except one man who went out to the edge of town to watch the performer practice.

The local man saw the European walking on a wire about five feet off the ground, and sure enough, he was pushing that wheelbarrow with ease. One week went by and the big day was at hand. The local man tried telling all his friends that this guy might be for real. He said, "I've been watching him practice and I BELIEVE he can do it." They continued to scoff so he said, "I believe so strongly that he can do it, that I will bet $100 with anyone who thinks he can't."

Just before the feat began, the stranger came down to talk to the crowd. The local man told him he believed he could do it. The man replied, "Do you REALLY think I can do it?"

"Yes," said the local man.

The Circus performer continued to press his new found fan, "I mean are you CONVINCED I can do it?"

The local man said, "Look, I'm so sure of your ability that I have bet $100 with anyone who would listen to me. THAT's how sure I am!"

The performer looked him in the eye and said, "If you really believe in me, then get in the wheelbarrow!"

The point of the story is that it is easy to sit on the sidelines and say "I believe!"

If you really believe, get in the wheelbarrow

Tuesday, March 21

The following is from the writings of Charles Swindoll, a Christian author.

The longer we live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say and do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home…. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.

We have no choice as to how much talent we are born with; we are stuck with what we are born with. We can improve our talent level through hard work up to a certain level, but eventually we will plateau. The one thing that we absolutely have control over everyday is our attitude. We make the choice everyday as to how we will approach that day. We can be negative and sour or we can be positive and anticipate great things.

We cannot control what other people do either. We cannot control their attitudes, but we can influence them with our attitude. As we mentioned earlier, positive attitudes are contagious. Unfortunately negative attitudes are also contagious. We must choose whether or not we want to be a positive influence or a negative influence on the people we contact everyday of our lives.

A good attitude involves being positive, believing and having faith in yourself and your teammates, taking joy in what you do, and just deciding to look at each day with a positive anticipation of what that day will bring.

Friday, November 6
Lou Holtz Hall of Fame Coach

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“Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.”


    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteAbility is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.