2017 HS Football Previews : Oakfield Oaks

The Oakfield Oaks open the
2017 campaign with optimism as they come off a successful season in eight-man
football. Oakfield finished 6-3 and reached the “second place” game of the
Eight-Man Football Jamboree at DC Everest High School last year, losing to Luck
by a score of 30-14. Oaks head coach Corey Rickert says last season was overall
a good year for the team, that the team “showed a lot of perseverance” and that
a lot of players stepped up when it was needed to give them a sense of confidence
moving into this year.

When it comes to this year’s
team, Rickert says the Oaks are a veteran group. “Our leaders are mainly
seniors and we’ve lost only two starters on each side of the ball so we should
be very set as far as our starters go”, Rickert said.  Rickert added that the Oaks are a very large
team as they had a lot of freshmen and sophomores come out for football last
year, so there may be some younger players ready to step in.

In the offseason, Oakfield
had two representatives in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Eight-Man
All-Star game at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh. DuWayne Balthazor IV and Jason
Culver played in the game and Rickert served on the coaching staff. In
addition, Balthazor and Culver were named team captains. Rickert says it was a “good
experience to learn from other coaches and to watch really good players during
the week”. He says it was “extremely beneficial” for all involved.  

Another offseason move saw
Oaks assistant Ethan Kintzler get hired for the head coaching position at
Waupun High School. Rickert says he’s excited for Kintzler’s opportunity and
says Kintzler “has the talent and ability to do what it takes to get kids
driven to play for him”.

2017 Oakfield Oaks Schedule:

8/11: Scrimmage at Lena HS –
vs. Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas & Wausaukee – 10:00 am

8/18: Wisconsin Heights – 7:00

8/26: Phillips – 1:00 pm

9/1:   Maranatha Baptist  – 7:00 pm

9/8:   At Elkhart Lake/Glenbeulah – 7:00 pm

9/16: Westminster Christian –
1:00 pm

9/21: At Wisconsin Heights –
7:00 pm

9/30: At Madison Abundant
Life – 1:00 pm

10/13: Lake Forest Academy
(IL) – 7:00 pm


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 Corey Rickert in its entirety along with other
coaches from around the area. The show is brought to you by AirTech Heating in
Fond du Lac.