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The Coach Kleppe Era begins for the Vikings

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MADISON, Wis. (WKOW) -- We continue our high school football preview with Mount Horeb-Barneveld.

The Vikings have a new coach in Ryan Kleppe, a former UW-Whitewater defensive lineman and a long time assistant under former head coach Travis Rohrer. Rohrer built the Vikings into a consistent playoff team, reaching the third round of the playoffs for the 5th consecutive year last fall. 

And in no way shape or form have the standards changed with the new coach. 

"Yeah it's the same expectations, if anything more., "says senior Cameron Krantz, "He always pushes to raise the bar higher."

Fellow senior Ben Stousland echoes his teammates response, detailing the expectations year in and year out. 

"Conference championship outright and then a state championship and uphold the legacy of reaching level 3 in the playoffs cause we've done that the last 5 years."

Kleppe, a Mount Horeb graduate, says these are the same expectations that was instilled in him when he was wearing the Vikings uniform.

"My goal is to continue to take that and even further. Make deeper runs and try to push and compete for a Gold ball. Right out of the gate each play. You know being able to compete and fight."

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