As we continue to shine the spotlight on local high school football teams this week, we turn our attention to the Mandan Braves. The Braves are hoping to improve from a 4th place finish in their division last season.

Gone are team MVP Brady Zittleman and defensive star Tyler Sadowsky, though coach Todd Sheldon does return quite a few players from last year's squad.

The Braves begin their season on the road this Friday against Fargo South.

Here is the rest of the Braves 2013 schedule:

Aug. 30th: @ Fargo South

Sept. 6th: Jamestown

Sept. 13th: Red River

Sept. 20th: Minot

Sept. 27th: Dickinson

Oct. 4th: Bismarck

Oct. 11th: @ Williston

Oct. 19th: Grand Forks Central

Oct. 25th: Century

[SOURCE: MaxPreps.com]