RHS Superfans are ready to get loud
From the outside, the student section at Rosemount High School’s football games sometimes looks a little chaotic. Students are yelling and screaming and jumping all around. They’re dressed in blaze orange for one game, in neon-bright colors for another. Some wear foam cowboy hats, shiny football pants or other crazy costumes.
There’s a method to that madness, though, and RHS seniors Teddy Moeller, Justin Crowell and Nick Peterson are the people in charge of enforcing it. As leaders of the Irish Superfans, that core group of yelling, screaming die-hards, it’s their job to make sure there are burgers at the pre-game tailgate, to set themes for the student section’s clothing — Friday’s Prep Bowl attire is all gold — and to make sure everyone on the inside is sitting in the right order. Seniors get prime seats in the front; freshmen move to the back.Most important, though, it’s their job to make sure everyone makes as much noise as possible. They want everyone to know they’re there to support their team.They seem to do it well. There were a couple of times during the Irish’s state semifinal win over Roseville, Peterson said, that they could hear the noise of the Rosemount crowd echo in the Metrodome. “We just hope to keep them loud,” Crowell said. “We’ve been pretty loud the last couple games.”Moeller, Crowell and Peterson inherited their leadership positions from last year’s Superfan leaders at the end of last year’s state semifinal loss to Lakeville North. And while the Superfans try to support other Irish teams — especially as they advance in the section and state playoffs — football is the focus.All three had long hoped to lead the Superfans. Moeller grew up watching the rowdy students in the stands at football games. Crowell could sense the energy of the student section even from where he watched on the hill by Rosemount Middle School.“Ever since middle school I’ve hoped to be one of the main guys up front,” he said. “Just the energy in the crowd, we could hear them from the hill.”Peterson said being a Superfan leader has changed his life. He’s making a lot of lifelong memories in the stands, he said. Being a Superfan leader takes preparation. Moeller, Crowell and Peterson meet in the days before a game to decide what the theme will be. When the football team’s state tournament opener against Eastview fell near the start of hunting season, they sent out a notice for students to wear blaze orange. For the Nov. 14 game in the Metrodome, they picked neon colors so they would contrast with the dome’s blue seats.They take things like that seriously. The trio wasn’t impressed by the efforts of Roseville’s student section, whose black t-shirts made them hard to see. They also put work into picking the right cheers for the right part of the game, and into getting other students excited and loud. Sitting at a table in their principal’s office, Moeller, Crowell and Peterson seem quiet and reserved. Get them in their Superfan gear and put them in front of a crowd, though, and that changes. “If the football players can benefit from us screaming, we do it to help them and to have fun,” Crowell said. “We’re definitely the loudest ones in the state,” Moeller said. They hope to be louder still for this week’s state championship game. The Irish played in the Prep Bowl in 2010, but the last time they brought home the title was in 1981, 14 years or more before this year’s seniors were born. And if the Irish can pull off the win over top-ranked Eden Prairie?“That would be beautiful,” Moeller said. And probably a little chaotic.