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Onalaska hoping to build off playoff season from last year

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Onalaska, WI (WXOW) -

There will be plenty of new faces in Hilltopper purple this season.

Onalaska has just eight starters back from last year's squad that qualified for the playoffs. 

It's a young team too, with just 10 seniors. But several juniors are back who saw significant playing time as sophomores. The offense will be challenged with having to replace Alex Gumz, who ran for nearly 1600 yards last season.

But the cupboard is not bare. 

"Jalen Zubich, Tyler Hughes and Jack Olsen are all returning starters.  Two of those guys were sophomores last year.  They made a big impact on our offense.  Jack Olsen leads the way for us up front, blocking for us on the offensive line.  We look to lean on those guys and their experience to help carry the offense early before everybody else catches up and gets used to the flow of things," said head coach Tom Yashinsky.

"Having a lot of sophomores can be a good and bad thing.  They come back and bring experience.  So it will help out," said Olsen. 

"We're just going to take every game as it comes and keep working our hardest every practice.  If it comes, it comes.  I think we can do great things this year," said defensive lineman Konrad Ernst.

Onalaska went 4-3 in the MVC last season.

They open this season with a non-conference game against Nekoosa.

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