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Kroll and Vikings held their 12th annual midnight practice to kickoff their season

ALPENA, Mich. — This year marks the 12th annual midnight football practice for the Posen Vikings and it’s something the players and coaches love to do to kickoff their football season.

“It’s been a tradition,” said Greg Pietsch. “The kids look forward to it, the coaches look forward to it, the lights are on and it’s like a game simulation.”

Last year, the Vikings finished with a record of (8-3). This was a huge improvement compared to a (2-7) season the year before. Senior quarterback George Kroll believes the expectations for this season is that everyone needs to do their jobs.

“It’s going to depend on how everyone works, said Kroll.” “Everyone has to play their role. I have to carry out the fakes and make the decisions. The linemen have to block. Everyone has to play their part.”

Night in and night out, this Vikings squad is more than just a team.

“We’re basically family at this point,” said Gage Kaszubowski. “They’re captains on a football team but it’s really more like bigger brothers at this point. We’re gathering all the guys around and making sure they fly straight.”

Posen kicks off their regular season against the Hillman Tigers and Kroll cannot wait to take the field.

“When we lost in our regional game to Cedarville, that’s all I’ve been thinking was this next year,” Kroll said. “I’ve been waiting forever to play these guys.”