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2017 HS Football Previews : WLA Vikings


The Winnebago Lutheran Vikings look to continue a good run of success as they begin their 2017 season. The Vikings will begin the season, however, without some key seniors who departed due to graduation and with a new head coach on the sidelines to lead the team. Seth Jaeger takes over for John Boggs at WLA, after serving as the head coach of the Vikings’ froshmore team. Jaeger says the transition to being the varsity head coach has been a smooth one because of the familiarity with the players and coaching staff.

Overall, Jaeger says there will be a few changes in the style of play for the Vikings this year. “We had to change up our offense just a little bit, maybe a little more run than we’re used to”, Jaeger said. “You have to take a look at your personnel and see what your strengths are”.

Last year, the Vikings finished with a 7-2 regular season record and advanced to level three of the WIAA playoffs in Division 5 where they fell to eventual state champion Amherst. “We were very blessed to have the young men that we did and the seniors and the leaders that we did to lead those guys into the playoffs” Jaeger said. He credits the hard work put in by that group for the success they saw in 2016. Some of those key players who left include quarterback Eric Schmitz and linebacker Tanner Haase, who both moved on to play college football at the Division Two level.  

As for the 2017 season, Jaeger believes the Flyway Conference will be one to watch closely. “There will be some interesting games between teams in the conference that have continued to improve”, he says. “Teams like Laconia and Omro continue to build their programs, and, of course I consider ourselves able to compete with any of the teams in the conference”. Jaeger says the main key to success for the Vikings in 2017 is to stay healthy.


2017 Winnebago Lutheran Schedule:

8/18: Kettle Moraine Lutheran – 7pm

8/25: At Valders  - 7pm

9/1:   Random Lake – 7pm

9/8:   At Poynette - 7pm (Game against North Fond du Lac cancelled - NFDL will not field a varsity team in 2017)

9/15: At St. Mary’s Springs – 7pm

9/22: At Laconia  - 7pm

9/30: Mayville – 1pm

10/6: At Lomira – 7pm

10/13: Omro – 7pm

Listen to the 2017 KFIZ High School Football Preview Show, Friday August 11th at 6:00 pm on KFIZ. You can hear the interview with WLA coach Seth Jaeger in its entirety along with other coaches from around the area. The show is brought to you by AirTech Heating in Fond du Lac. 

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