LAKEVILLE, IN. – How do you follow up a school-record 10-2 season?
“Reload,” according to coach Will Hostrawser.
“We just reload and guys have to step up and play at a high level,” said Hostrawser. “That’s what the expectation is. I think that’s the nice thing now is these kids expect to win and they expect that each and every game.”
The Lancers graduated a talented group of 11 letter winners a year ago that became the winningest class. The Class of 2017 – Michael Butler, JJ Ciesielski, Deegan Dickson, Ethan Kertai, Parker Horvath, Mason Leed, Porter Minix, Adam Steinke, Dylan Stone, Dawson Wells, and Austin Young – went 32-15 during their four-year career and advanced to three straight sectional finals.
“Its helping us to get motivated because every year we have progressively have gotten better and a better record,” said senior quarterback Braxton Sauer. “We’re going to be good. We’ve got a lot of young guys coming up and they’re stepping up to the plate and making plays.”
What still drives this group of LaVille football is the one thing that has eluded the current players…a sectional title. The last sectional title was under Brian Glesing in 2003.
“The last two years falling in the sectional championship has given the guys a lot of fuel and a feeling as to what it is like to fall short despite the best efforts,” admits senior tight end Jacob Good. “It serves as motivation to want to achieve something that has been so close the last two years. Especially since we lost in the last seconds it leaves a bad taste in our mouth when we think about it. Hopefully that feeling helps to push us over the hump.
“My expectations for 2017 are to go out and play to win every Friday night no matter the opponent,” Good continued. “Also, to win the first football sectional in 15 years.”
- Aug. 18 at North Newton, 8pm
- Sept. 1 v. Pioneer, 7:30pm