Geil, Hornets looking to make a jump this season

Green Bay Preble is looking to make some noise this season.

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Talk with Green Bay Preble running back Henry Geil and it's pretty obvious what he is expecting this season -- success.

The Iowa Hawkeye recruit is a big reason many believe Preble can contend and possibly win the Fox River Classic Conference.

Few teams have a player of Geil's talent, but as his coach says, one player can't do it all.

"It needs to be a team effort," Preble coach Tim Larsen said. "Each player is important and we need to rely on them. So every single day we're not talking about one guy, we're talking about how can we as a team get better."

Preble has not won a conference title since 2005, but is viewed as a serious contender for the FRCC title this season, along with defending champ Bay Port and Pulaski. In fact, Bay Port has won two of the last three league titles and in that period has an FRCC-best record 24-2.

Notwithstanding, Geil likes his team's chances.

"I think we're the team to beat," Geil said. "That probably sounds weird, if you don't know where I'm coming from. We have a lot of touted players, we have a good staff.

"We're the best undefeated team and winless team in the conference as everybody's 0-0. I think we're better than a lot of teams in the conference. Now we just have to go prove it."

"I think every team wants to win conference, obviously," Larsen said. "To get there, the focus and the emphasis needs to be on a week-to-week preparation."

Geil said a successful season is winning the conference title, but he's looking past the regular season. The last three seasons Preble has been one-and-done in the playoffs and Geil wants to change that direction.

The last three weeks Preble has been one-and-done in the playoffs and that weighs on Geil.

"The big thing for me is I want to get out of the first round," he said. "A lot of times, the way our brackets are set up, obviously we get the short end of the stick. We get Kimberly, SPASH, those powerhouse teams.

"Remember, we almost beat SPASH last year, so it's not like we can't compete, it's just a matter of doing so. I think with a lot of guys realizing it, if we play the way we can play, we can compete with anybody in the state."

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