WAKEFIELD – Members of the Wakefield football team have put in the off-season work over the summer as the Trojans will look to continue their winning tradition of six plus games for five consecutive seasons.
The Trojans have posted back-to-back seven-win seasons which included a 7-0 regular season record last year. Wakefield outscored their opponents 348-127 with one game canceled.
Head coach Mike Hassler will begin his 11th season leading the Wakefield football program and has culminated a career record of 47-33. Coach Hassler said his staff is seeing improvement day-to-day.
“This is a group that’s kind of taken their lumps playing behind some very talented teams the last couple of years,” said Hassler. “So, physically I think they’re prepared. It’s just taking care of some of the mental stuff; they know it’s their turn.”
Joining coach Hassler will be Mike Clay, Garek Bebee, Will Tietmeyer, Chad Metzler and Jamison Urkoski in charge of the 26 players on the Wakefield football team with eight seniors. This team was projected to be under 20 four years ago.
Wakefield football players participated in four days a week of weightlifting prior to hosting their own camp.
Coach Hassler stated if everyone buys into the system that is in place that has led to Wakefield’s recent success, there is no reason why they won’t be able to continue down that path.
Coach Hassler emphasizes with the team to make sure they’re happy where they are when the season is complete.
“We preach it’s all about the process and the journey here,” Hassler added. “We don’t make the playoffs so there’s really no carrot on the end of that stick to strive for, for the end of the season. So, we make sure we take care of the process from the beginning of August to our last game in October.
Wakefield will once again be ineligible for the postseason due to enrollment numbers and playing down a class. The Trojans went 7-1 in 2019 and were also 6-2 in 2018.
Wakefield will look to fill some key positions as the team returns three starters on offense and another three on defense for their upcoming eight-man season.
Wakefield will open their 2021 season at Guardian Central Catholic in Beemer at 7 p.m.
The Trojan home opener from Eaton Field will be on Friday, September 3 during Parent’s Night with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. against Wisner-Pilger.
Coach Hassler mentioned fans will see an intense team that cherishes each time they take the field.
“We cherish those moments,” Hassler mentioned. “I always remind my kids right before kickoff to take a look around,” Hassler mentioned. “Look at the lights, take in Friday night Nebraska football. It’s one of the greatest scenes that you get to experience in your life. I really do think my boys learn to cherish that in four years in our program.”
Other games for the Wakefield football team include at Stanton on Friday, September 10 at 3 p.m.; vs. Lutheran High Northeast on Friday, September 17 at 3 p.m. (homecoming); vs. Plainview on Friday, September 24 at 7 p.m.; at Elkhorn Valley on Thursday, September 30 at 7 p.m.; vs. Laurel-Concord-Coleridge on Friday, October 8 at 7 p.m. and at Hartington-Newcastle in Hartington on Friday, October 15 at 3 p.m.