Lakeview isn’t the type of football team that goes with the flow.
Just check out the type of offense that the Wildcats have run since Sean Rineheart took over the coaching reigns.
“We run the split back veer, and the kids have embraced it and are really excited about it,” said Sean Rineheart, who is in his seventh year of coaching the Wildcats. “It’s an older type of offense. They like being a team that doesn’t run one of those traditional offenses that you see a lot. We hope that that will be an advantage for us.
“I think there are five schools in the state of Michigan that run it from the research that I have done on it. It’s exciting for the kids, especially nowadays in 2019 when everybody is trying to throw the ball more and sling it down the field. That’s not this type of offense.”
The Wildcats made the trip to Gilda’s Club, 1806 Bridge Street NW on Aug. 1 to participate in the Grand Rapids High School Football Media Day. Lakeview is a Division 7 school, so Rineheart said he is pleased by this year’s turnout of 25 players.
Lakeview finished 4-5 overall last year, and the Wildcats return eight starters on offense and seven more on defense. Lakeview missed out on the playoffs for the first time since 2015, and Rineheart said getting back to the postseason and contending for a CSAA Silver Conference championship is among the Wildcats’ goals.
“We have nine or 10 seniors who are working hard, trying to get better and improve on our 4-5 record last year,” Rineheart said. “We have a tough schedule, but we are excited about our possibilities.
“We won the Silver the first time the Silver and Gold split in two (in 2014), and we would like to get back to that. That’s step one. Obviously, step two is getting back to the playoffs. And step three, we would like to make some noise when we get back to the playoffs.”
Key players include Hayden Rentschler, who will play running back and linebacker, and Ian Kosinski, a guard and outside linebacker. Luke O’Dell will play tight end, receiver, running back and cornerback, and Rineheart said he is going to enjoy watching him fly all over the field.
Austin Hancock will play running back, tight end and linebacker, and Mason Myers is a defensive lineman and center. Jacob Voelker will see action at safety and our quarterback.
The Wildcats will open the season Aug. 29 at Tri-County. The schedule features a first-time opponent in Onsted and a game against Blanchard Montabella, marking the first time the two schools have played since 2001.
“We picked up some new non-conference schools,” Rineheart said. “We picked up Onsted from a few hours away from us and Montabella, which is right next door. We want to form a good rivalry with them. A lot of our kids know those kids, so it should be exciting.”
Check out Lakeview’s 2019 schedule
Aug. 29: At Tri-County
Sept. 6: Onsted
Sept. 13: Morley-Stanwood
Sept. 20: At Kent City
Sept. 27: Hesperia
Oct. 4: Holton
Oct. 11: At White Cloud
Oct. 18: At Blanchard Montabella
Oct. 25: Fremont