HOLTON (KSNT) – After falling just short of the ultimate goal last year, the Holton Wildcats plan on finishing the job this season.
“We want to get back this year and prove a point to all the 4A-DII teams out there that yeah we lost a lot, but we will rebuild and be stronger than ever,” said Bryson Patch, Holton senior running back and cornerback.
Even though Holton saw their 7-straight league title streak get snapped, a deep run in the postseason made them forget about that fact.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t the fairy tale ending they wanted, as the Wildcats lost to Holcomb 21-0 in the Class 4A-II state championship game in 2015.
“That was definitely a heartfelt loss,” said Brandon Lehnherr, Holton senior tight end and defensive tackle, “We really worked extremely hard that year four our title.”
Expect the same effort this year, especially after getting so close.
“We were very happy for that opportunity,” said Brooks Barta, Holton head coach. “It didn’t go the way we wanted to, but it’s an exciting thing and a great thing for us to get to play in a state championship and we like to get back.”
Barta says that his team needs to be more disciplined this year for that to happen. He also says that they need to get healthy at the right positions to have a good chance.
The quest to return to the state title game begins when Holton opens up their season against Atchison on September 2nd.