LAKEVIEW — The Lakeview Wildcats started its football season the past two years with rival Central Montcalm.
That isn’t the case in 2012, but their new opening opponent isn’t any easier. The Wildcats will travel to face conference foe Morley Stanwood on Aug. 24. The Mohawks have won at least 10 games the past three seasons (31-4 overall).
For the first time the Central State Activities Association will feature 10 teams, meaning no nonconference games for its members.
The Wildcats will play its first home game on Aug. 30 against Holton before traveling to face new league member Newaygo. The Lions move to the CSAA from the Lakes 8 Conference.
“Holton has a quarterback that has started for three seasons,” Mittelstaedt said.
Talented teams in Chippewa Hills and Reed City visit Lakeview in weeks four and five. Combined those two teams were 16-5 last year, with Reed City being the defending league champions.
“Reed City, Chip Hils, Morley Stanwood and Big Rapids seem very talented,” Lakeview coach Geunther Mittelstaedt said. “Newaygo is an unknown, but were 4-5 last season.”
After a trip to Hesperia, the Wildcats host Central Montcalm on Saturday, Oct. 6 for homecoming. Lakeview will be looking for it’s first win over the rival Hornets since 2006.
The regular season wraps up with a visit to White Cloud and a game at home against Big Rapids. Lakeview defeated both teams a year ago.
The Wildcats finished 2011 at 3-6. They are looking for their first postseason appearance since 2006.
at Central Montcalm L 30-0
vs. White Cloud W 34-7
vs. Manistee L 32-0
at Holton L 41-18
vs. Chippewa Hills L 26-7
at Hesperia W 15-14
vs. Morley Stanwood L 49-27
at Big Rapids W 6-0
vs. Reed City L 54-8
8/24 at Morley Stanwood
8/30 vs. Holton
9/7 at Newaygo
9/14 vs. Chippewa Hills
9/21 vs. Reed City
9/28 at Hesperia
10/6 vs. Central Montcalm
10/12 at White Cloud
10/19 vs. Big Rapids