Lakota hoping for success with Adams/Edmore co-op

Mike Bellmore, Features Editor
A Lakota player runs for the end zone in this file photo. Lakota has enjoyed success in Class B?9-man in the past, but is hoping for an even better season this year when they team up with Adams and Edmore.

Lakota hoping for success with Adams/Edmore co-op

By Mike Bellmore

Journal Features Editor

Lakota has enjoyed a lot of success in Class B 9-man high school football the last few years.

With the help of some new faces this fall, even more success could be on tap.

When the A-E-E football co-op dissolved last year, Adams-Edmore decided to approach Lakota about joining forces for the Lakota A-E co-op.

Edinburg, the third member of that group, went in a different direction.

Lakota stands to gain numbers which should provide valuable depth.

“I think we can get about 10 kids on the varsity level and maybe 7 or 8 on the junior high level,” says Lakota coach Joe Harder.

“We'll have about 18 back here in Lakota so we could end up with 30-40 kids, which are nice numbers.”

 Lakota finished 7-4 last year and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

Most years Lakota has been predominantly a running team under Harder, but last year the Raiders threw the ball more than  they did in the past.

This year there will be a focus on the running game as well, but in Seth Kuchar, the Raiders will have a quarterback capable of throwing, too.

So that should make them multi-dimensional.

Lakota returns five seniors this fall, a nucleus that can be built around.

Between Lakota and the two new schools, a big supply of juniors will be on hand, too, providing depth and a focus for the future.

“So things should look pretty good for us,” added Harder. “This co-op should be a boost for all of us concerned.”

“I think we'll have a good season.”