Lakeview football prepares for 2012 season in the rain

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 12:00 am on Saturday, August 11, 2012

LAKEVIEW — Neither win nor rain stopped Lakeview’s football team from practicing Friday, getting ready for the season.

It did stop them from doing some things well, noted coach Guenther Mittelstaedt.

Lakeview quarterback John Zuluga-Torres runs with the ball during Friday’s practice. Lakeview opens the season on Aug. 24 at Morley Stanwood.

“We had looked really good all week and we made some adjustments at center,” he said. “We had one center get injured and we were trying a new center and we just couldn’t hang on to the ball. We couldn’t even hand it to the halfback. But we did have some successful plays.”

Friday was the one day Mittelstadt was disappointed in his Wildcats.

“I’ve been very pleased until (Friday),” he said. “We have a ways to go.”

Through the first week of practices Mittelstaedt has been seeing is the players are learning.

“The one thing I’m seeing is the players are picking up the offense a lot better than we did last year because we have a season under our belt,” he said. “I think defensively the kids are learning very well, adjusting to their responsibilities on defense.”
Mittelstaedt said the team is where he wants them to be at this point in the pre-season practices.

“We’re where we want to be at this point,” he said. “But unfortunately we had a couple of kids that were hurt during basketball season and one was our quarterback, Curtis Scholten. Some of the other kids, “Beau Jensen and John (Zuluga-)Torres have been doing very well.”

The Wildcats will open against Morley Stanwood in the first Central State Activities Association game Aug. 24. But there is a scrimmage coming up next Friday that has Mittelstaedt’s focus right now.

“We’re not worried about Morley,” Mittelstaedt said. “We’re just going to get ready for a scrimmage. After we play the scrimmage we’re going to evaluate what some kids did, and we’re going to take a look at all of our kids and then we’ll get ready for Morley.”

The scrimmage is at 4 p.m. at Kos Field against Montabella, Saranac and Vermontville Maple Valley.

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