Lakeview has gone from being the ‘other’ city school in Battle Creek in the 1950s and 1960s as a Class B program to now being the largest school in the county. The Spartans have a deep history of football that even predates those decades and has been to the state finals and is currently a perennial playoff participant.
Throughout all of that time, there have been standouts who have been a big part of the Lakeview legacy.
But who is the G.O.A.T – The Greatest Of All Time in Lakeview football history?
That’s for us to decide and for you to argue about this week.
Over the summer, the Enquirer asked for opinions from a panel of former players and coaches from each of the city schools to get nominations for our list of the Top 10 All-Time players for each of the football programs. Based on those comments, the Enquirer picked the 10 best football players in the history of the school and will rank them until we get to No. 1 – naming the Greatest Of All Time.
We will state our case for why each of the players belongs on the list with a short bio and a general thought that is the consensus from the panel. Once we complete the top 10 list, it is then up to the Battle Creek area to vote for their No. 1 player and to find out if they agree.
Voting for the Lakeview G.O.A.T – greatest football player of all time at the school, starts on www.battlecreekenquirer.com on Friday.
We will reveal two players each day for the Top 10, so return often to see the list grow.
Then, each week, we will do a different city school until we have looked at the top players from each of the programs in Battle Creek.
The Top 10 All-Time Football Players at Lakeview:
No. 10: Andy Campbell – Class of 1984
Lakeview has been to the state finals in football only once and the only player on that team on this list is the captain of that squad in Andy Campbell. Campbell was simply a winner and a leader playing on the offensive line and at linebacker. From his junior high days throughout high school, Campbell’s teams were 43-3 as he was a captain on every football team he played on. Campbell was an anchor on an offensive line that helped Lakeview to 3,000-plus yards on the state runner-up team and a leader on the defense with 100-plus tackles. The 1983 squad was the first playoff team in school history for Lakeview.
What the panel said, ‘One of the best two-way players ever at Lakeview, almost never came off the field of play.’
No. 9: Carl Mulder – Class of 2005
One of the top passers ever to play at Lakeview, Mulder holds several records at the school, including the most career touchdown passes with 26 and second on the all-time list for career passing yards at 2,278. Mulder also holds the record for most passing yards in a single game at 300 in a game vs. Dowagiac in 2004. Mulder led Lakeview to its first playoff win in 20 years , following a two decade drought after the Spartans went to the state finals in 1983. His senior season, Mulder passed for 1,383 yards with 18 scoring tosses, plus six touchdowns running. An excellent all-around athlete, Mulder was named Enquirer Athlete of the Year and went to play football at Olivet College.
What the panel said, ‘The best quarterback ever at Lakeview.’
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