Kenesaw football reloading to defend Class D2 State Championship

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Published: Aug. 10, 2022 at 10:51 PM CDT
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KENESAW, Neb. (KSNB) - Last season, Kenesaw football put together a perfect 13-0 campaign in Class D2 to win its first State championship in program history. At the beginning of fall camp this year, perfection is the expected standard.

“Practice doesn’t make perfect,” one Kenesaw assistant coach said during Wednesday’s practice. “Perfect practice makes perfect.”

The Blue Devils graduated several key players from last season’s roster, arguably none bigger than quarterback Tyson Denkert. Even so, the team will rely on its seven seniors and returning production to lead them back to defend their State title.

“Going into this first game, there’s a lot of questions, but I like the group we have and we’ll just see how things play out,” Kenesaw football coach Craig Schnitzler said. “People are going to look to beat Kenesaw and we’re going to try to keep that from happening. We won a State title, we graduated some really high quality kids, but the commitment and dedication hasn’t changed here.”

“People are out to get us, but we’re not worried,” added Joel Katzberg, senior middle linebacker and tight end. “We’re going to go out there, do our thing, play the best we can and take care of business.”

Kenesaw opens the season on August 26th against Loomis.

“We’re going one week at a time right now,” said Lane Kelley, senior cornerback and defensive end. “We’re not looking too far because you do that, you start losing games you don’t want to. So, we’re really looking to, right now, beat Loomis.”

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