PIGSKIN PREVIEW 2022: Lake Buena Vista High School

The Vipers' first game will take place at 7 p.m., Aug. 26, at Gateway High School.

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Like Horizon, Lake Buena Vista also is excited to begin its second year of play. And, like Horizon, its first game Friday, Aug. 26, will be against Gateway High School.

“I really think that our biggest expectation is going to be to show some growth,” head football coach Joseph Rienzi said. “Last year, we had such a young team, and about 45 kids on the roster that had never played football in their lives — let alone at the varsity level. So the expectation is that we show some growth, show some improvement, and hopefully, we’ll get some wins in.” 

The Vipers are expecting to have good turnout in the crowds for the games against Horizon High School and Freedom High School. 

“Last year, I said the rivalries would take some time to develop,” Rienzi said. “Naturally with Horizon, because we both opened at the same time, there’s always going to be that competitive advantage. … And then a lot of our kids came from Freedom, and that seems to be one game that the kids sort of look out for just because many of our students came from there. But it’s good because those games get kids fired up to play and get people excited in the community.” 

Some key players to watch include Mason Henrichsen, Josiah McNair, Brady Ruth and Filionel Vital.

Overall, the boys have been working out hard during the spring and summer months, and even prior to the start of the 2022-23 football season, and the coaches can see the growth. 

“We’ve got great kids; we’ve got a really supportive community,” Rienzi said. “You can tell the kids are very respectful, very receptive and very coachable, and I am very proud of the growth they have showed from the end of last season to now. They’ve done everything that we’ve asked them to do. Now, it’s time to get on the field and compete.”



Andrea Mujica

Staff writer Andrea Mujica covers sports, news and features. She holds both a bachelor's degree in journalism and an MBA from the University of Central Florida. When she’s not on the sidelines, you can find Andrea coaching rowers at the Orlando Area Rowing Society in Windermere.

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