HASLETT, MI (WLNS) – High school football season starts in eight days and a few teams scrimmaged Wednesday, many others scrimmage tomorrow.
Stop number 15 on day eight of 6 Sports Two a Days is at Haslett High School where the once proud Vikings are trying to rebound from a 4-and-5 non-playoff season.
Charlie Otlewski begins his 22nd season as the head coach at Haslett. He bagged the full house ‘T’ offense last year for the spread. He has two new assistants this year, former Michigan Wolverine Tate Shankski and one time MSU Runningback Tico Duckett.
So Charlie O has given up some of his specific position responsibilities and will just be the head coach and delegate a bit more.
Attrition has affected the Vikings. Some seniors are not out for football, but this team has size.
“The good news, we’re healthy. That’s a good thing–you know we’ve got great size. We haven’t been this big in an awfully long time, maybe the biggest we’ve been so…size is great but we gotta obviously do things but we’re gonna be very good up front–both sides of the ball,” said Charlie Otlewski, Haslett football coach, 22nd season.
“It’s our last year, we don’t have as many seniors coming back – a lot of them kind of left us but we’re pretty much all that we have and we’re just gonna go from it,” said Blake Roe, Haslett Sr. Lineman/Linebacker.
Reporter: “Is there more of a ‘we are one’ attitude here than maybe in the past? “
“Aw, definitely just because of the fact that we’re having so many people that just kind of bailed out on us, just makes us that more fired up and ready to get after it this year.”
Reporter: “Do you feel the same way that Blake does…that maybe this is more of a TEAM than it’s been in recent years?”
“Definitely sir, I would completely agree with that statement. I’ve always been a firm believer in I’d rather play with 28 guys that are completely bought into the system than 35 that aren’t and so we’re just a good family unit this year and we’re going to get after it,” said Rob Boughton, Haslett Sr. Lineman.