Holmen’s King embarks on 29th and final season

The finale begins Friday, Aug. 21 vs. Chippewa Falls

With the arrival of the sun Tuesday morning, high school football is officially back across the state of Wisconsin. In Holmen before the helmet’s went on, iconic head coach Steve King sat in his office, alone, preparing his opening message for his 29th and final season.

“If I think too far ahead of what is going to be happening as the season wines down, even an old fart like me may have a tear in his eye and a crack in his voice,” said the 61 year-old King. “I know my voice cracked when I made the announcement about the retirement.”

King insists this year is not about him, and he preached that very message in his opening season talk with the team Tuesday morning.

“We are just here to play football,” said King. “We are here to do what we do, and the time to get nostalgic is when the season is over and hopefully we have had a great year.”

The Vikings’ goal is simple win early, win often, and win conference.

“We have been successful the last three to four years and we do not want to go out saying we sent King out on a rough year,” said senior running back Kyle Koelbl. “We want to say yeah King went out on a really strong note.”

The King farewell tour begins in Holmen Friday, August 21 vs. Chippewa Falls.