COLUMBUS, Neb. – The Lakeview Vikings are working at a repeat of a state playoff appearance last year.
Lakeview went 6-4 in 2016, falling to eventual state champions O’Neill in the first round of the Class C-1 playoffs.
This year they need to replace four starters on the offensive line and their starting tight end, but head coach Kurt Frenzen says the big guys up front are improving each day.
“They’re seniors for the most part, so we have a couple of seniors that have just been biding their time and waiting their turn. So now it’s their turn and it’s time for them to take the next step,” says Frenzen.
The team brings much of their skill position talent back, with junior quarterback Jaden Johnson returning for another year. The team also returns their running back and two starting wide receivers, including Isaac Dreifurst, who says his team will be ready for week one.
“We’ve already made a lot of improvements, and within these next couple of weeks before Milford, we’re going to make huge jumps,” says Dreifurst.
That matchup against Milford is the first step in getting back to the postseason, something that Jacob Sprunk thinks is possible.
“I’d like to get a little bit further, I know we have a younger team this year but I don’t think that’s holding us back, I think we can do just as good as we did last year,” says Sprunk.
Coach Frenzen liked how his team took care of the football last year, and with many ball carriers coming back this season, he hopes to repeat that success.
“We were positive in turnover ratio, if we can do that again our offense is going to be pretty successful,” says Frenzen.
Lakeview will travel to Milford on August 25th to open the 2017 season.