HOLMEN, WI -

It's a huge year for Holmen.

"It's just one of those things where every now and then, you get a nice team coming through and we expect a lot, the community expects a lot, and the kids expect a lot out of themselves," said Vikings Head Coach Steve King, who's in his 27th season.

So far, so good. The Vikings have outscored their opponents 82-3 through the first three games; the three coming last Friday to Ona.

"Obviously I was disappointed we lost the goose egg," said senior linebacker Greg Rooney. "We pretty much shut 'em down."

Holmen's dominance is thanks in part to switching to a 3-4 defense this season. But to be this successful, this quickly?

"Definitely no surprise," Rooney said. "I saw that it was dangerous during practice."

"We knew we had the athletes to do well in a defensive scheme like the 3-4 attack we're doing and it makes us look like geniuses sometimes," Kind said.

King points to senior linebacker Noah Risch as the guy that makes it all go. Risch suffered a quad injury last season and missed the last four games then suffered another injury in March.

"Chip off my shoulder this year," said Risch. "I'm coming more hungry."

"He's one of the strongest high school players I've ever seen," said King.

"Work hard all summer just getting better, trying to do everything we can," Risch said. "It's really paying off so far."

The Vikings hope it keeps paying off Friday night, when undefeated Holmen hosts undefeated Central at Empire Stadium.

"Wish it was tomorrow," Rooney said.

Kickoff is Friday night at seven.