Parkview still battling numbers issues
The move to the Trailways Large Conference last season helped even the playing field for the Orfordville Parkview High football program, but head coach Bob Meyers still battles a numbers issue.
The Vikings went 2-7 last season after moving from the Rock Valley Conference. That included a 2-4 mark in the Trailways Large, which was won by Markesan.
Meyers welcomes 25 players this season, which includes talented perimeter players.
“Depth is our biggest concern,” Meyers said. “We’ve got some good skilled players on both sides of the ball.
“Our defensive and offensive lines have some question marks. We have some kids who we hope will step up, but for us it comes down to depth.”
Senior Ryan Miller returns as the starting quarterback. Miller threw for 468 yards last season, when the Vikings relied on a running game.
“We’ve essentially been a running team, but this year I expect to throw a little more with the type of athletes we have,” Meyers said.
Senior Gavon Brown will be the top back behind Miller.
“We’re hoping Gavon can shoulder a little more of the load offensively this year,” Meyers said.
Senior Luke Gowan will join Brown in the backfield, with senior Riley Carroll at wingback. Carroll was a starting cornerback last year.
“Now we’re going to expect him to fill in offensively, as well,” Meyers said. “And we expect him to have another good year defensively.”
Chase Carratt, a 6-foot-2, 191-pound junior, is expected to be the top lineman on both sides of the ball. Carratt started the first three games last season on defense before he suffered a season-ending injury.
“We’re excited to see him back on the field,” Meyers said. “He plays with a great motor. He’s a pretty strong kid, very athletic.”
Juniors John Yacyszyn and Travis Calkins, and sophomore Nevin Crane will see extensive action on both the offensive and defensive lines.
A foreign-exchange student from Mexico, Emililio Colunga, also will be counted on to help on the line.
Senior Nathan Mohr will start at tight end and at safety.
“He’s a hard-working kid who played well for us defensively last year,” Meyers said.
Carratt and Brown will give the defense two solid ends. Mohr, Carroll, Miller and junior Brayden Tracy combine to form a solid secondary.
“They are all athletic kids and tackle pretty well,” Meyers said.
Linebacker is the question mark on that side of the ball.
The Vikings open with nonconference games against Dodgeville and Marshall before opening the Trailways Large season against Pardeville.