The Ogilvie Lions football team wrapped up last fall’s regular season with a 6-2 record, first place in Section 2 Nine-Man and second in District 9 North White. They won their first postseason game against Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart, and advanced to the Section championship where they were eliminated with a loss to Russell-Tyler-Ruthton.
Here’s what head coach Dave Halvorson had to say about the 2019 season:
What’s different for this season’s team, compared to last season?
A: We lost a few very good players last year, but hope we have players who can fill the spots and do a very good job.
What challenges do you expect the team to face this year?
A: Our schedule has changed a lot because of schools joining together as “co-op” teams, so that they have numbers. We’ll play teams that haven’t been on our schedule for a number of years, so we’ll have some new competition.
How does the coaching staff prepare for a new season?
A: We work every day to get better, and we work with younger players and new players to teach them the game.
What makes a player a good team captain?
A: Being committed and a good example to the rest of the team. Not having to be the loudest guy around, but leading by what he does.
How do you think participation in athletics affects students beyond the football field?
A: Learning to work with others, being on time, working through hard times, working hard, and knowing what is appropriate behavior in different situations. These things get players ready for the real world.
Is there anything else you’d like to mention about the upcoming season?
A: We look to a successful season with our numbers up, and with players available for all levels.
The Lions open the season at home on Thursday, Aug. 29 when they host Cook County.