LAKEVIEW – There were a lot of unknowns when it came to Lakeview’s football team, especially with a new coach.
The Wildcats finished 3-6 overall and 3-5 in the Central State Activities Association this season, which was good as far as the new coach, Guenther Mittelstaedt, was concerned.
“I think we did well since we had to adjust to a new head coach and a whole new offense and defense,” Mittelstaedt said. “We are hoping to work hard in the offseason and be better next season.”
The biggest problem was offense, Mittelstaedt said.
“We need to score more points on offense,” he said, “and improve a great deal on defense.”
Lakeview showed some flashes of what they could be, Mittelstaedt noted.
“We seemed to become a better team during the season,” he said. “During a four game stretch we played well against Chip(pewa) Hills, Hesperia, Morley-Stanwood, and Big Rapids. The players worked hard and listened to their coaches. We needed to play better defense and make some big plays on special teams.”
Joe Main was the biggest contributor to the team. He had a team-high 576 yards rushing on 135 carries with five touchdowns and 92 tackles on defense.
But other players who stood out to Mittelstaedt were Cory Hamlin, Shane VanPatten and Nate Hayward.
“Shane VanPatten played high school football for the first time,” Mittelstaedt said.
VanPatten had eight receptions for 79 yards in his first season.
“Cory Hamlin played so much better at LB (linebacker) than I thought he could,” Mittelstaedt said. “Nate Hayward ended up second on the team with 63 tackles.”
Mittelstaedt also said he “expected and got good seasons from Jordan Betham, Andrew Hall, Gus Ward, Dakota Burgess, and Kolter Schwartz.”
The Wildcats were fifth in the CSAA in Mittelstaedt’s first season.