By Amber Hayden
COLFAX — The Vikings’ football team is hoping that this will be the season that all the hard work finally pays dividends.
Colfax has struggled to put wins on the board over the past three seasons, going 0-18 in Dunn-St. Croix play over that span and just 2-25 overall.
The Vikings, who last posted a winning season in the 2014 campaign with a 6-3 overall mark and a 5-2 conference finish, finished the past two seasons 1-8 overall and 0-6 in conference play.
Coach Matt DeMoe, entering his third year as head coach in Colfax with a record 2-16, knows he has the talent to compete and win some games this season.
Exiting senior Brett Schindler finished his Vikings career averaging 4.6 yards per carry in 104 rush attempts.
Treyton Teige, Vikings’ kicker, also graduated this past May after delivering 1193 yards at 32.2 yards per punt.
With 14 letter winners returning in 2018, Coach DeMoe is looking to a few key players to lead his team.
Noah Albricht returns as quarterback for the Vikings. During his season last year Albricht had 119 completions totaling up to 1636 yards.
Other returning players DeMoe will look to for leadership are Marcus Drees and Wyatt Olson. “They will have a great year for Colfax,” commented DeMoe, “Their hard work and great attitude will make them successful.”
Drees and Olson both dominated the defensive line during the 9 games they played, managing 78 tackles for the pair. The defense should stand the test of time against the other teams in the Dunn-St. Croix conference.
Well-rounded player Cole Kiekhafer (offense, defense, and special teams) is another prospect to have a good season in every facet of the game, according to Coach DeMoe. With seven receptions and 19 tackles Keikhafer hopes to light the fire under the defense and keep it going all season long.
Wide receiver George Scharlau also returns to the field after not playing in 2017, his presence alone should have a big impact on the Vikings’ offensive game.
DeMoe feels the Vikings’ quarterback and receivers will be the biggest impact for success. “We have a good group of leaders, and a great group of coachable players who are ready to work hard,” he commented.
Winning the first three games of the season, all home contests, will be the first goal Coach DeMoe has set for them. “If we compete every week it will give us a chance to make the playoffs,” says DeMoe
Although the Vikings will face a strong D-SC conference this year, Coach DeMoe believes their hardest competition will come from Elk Mound and Spring Valley.
“I think Elk Mound and Spring Valley will be solid football teams this year,” he said.
Viking football will kick off the season at home against the Whitehall Norsemen on Friday, August 17 at 7 p.m. in Colfax. The will host two more non-conference games when Eleva-Strum comes to Colfax on Friday, August 24 followed by Neillsville on the final day of August. Colfax travels to Mondovi September 7 to open Dunn-St. Croix play. Gametimes are 7 p.m.
Seniors: Jeremy Artist, George Scharlau, JJ Charlesworth, Brett Foyt, Jackson Hellmann, Thomas Jensen, Wyatt Olson and Dalton Schotter.
Juniors: Noah Albricht, Marcus Drees, Mitch Harmon, Trey Hovde, Ed Hydukovich, Cole Kiekhafer, Noah LaNou, Austin Snyder, Mykiah Young and Dan Zonz.
Sophomores: Shane Cooper, Chanler Dicks, Julio Hernandez, Tanner Hoffman, Hunter Rebak and Austin Schindler.
Freshmen: Ryan Albricht, Colin Bohl, Thomas Drees, Josiah Harder, Aiden Mckee and Bryce Sikora.