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Holmen hopes to send King out in style

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Holmen, WI (WXOW) -

In a game in which numbers mean so much to a program, numbers are not an issue at Holmen where 107 kids are out for football.

Depth is not a concern. Returning to the top of the conference is, though.

Holmen returns 13 starters from a team that lost just once in the MVC last season. That was to rival Logan.

With over 20 seniors to carry on the tradition of recent success, the bar remains high for the Vikings, who always have a target on their back.

"I guess it gives us a little more of a push than usual because it makes us want to be at our best.  We have some good competition this year so we'll have to work extra hard to be at our best," said senior defensive end/guard Jared Banks.

"It's everyone's goal to win conference every year.  So you just have to work hard and know that there's more teams that are coming at you every year trying to beat you," said quarterback Hunter McHugh. 

This is Steve King's 29th and final season as head coach, who announced his retirement a couple of weeks ago. Certainly, he wants the season to be more about the kids then about him, which has always been the case. "Any head coach just wants to make sure the young men that play for them leave their program better citizens, better young men.  Hopefully, they become good husbands, fathers and community members.  I think that's all we can hope for," King said.

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