Boonville senior Christian Kosnopfal recently killed two birds with one stone after signing a football letter of intent with Missouri Valley College in Marshall.
After signing last week in the media center at Boonville High School in front of friends and family, Kosnopfal said he chose Missouri Valley because of their renowned football program that is consistently performing at a top level. As for the second reason, he said Missouri Valley is also a very nice college with programs that he wants to major in.
A two-year starter for the Boonville Pirates football team, Kosnopfal emerged as one of the best linemans in the NCMC after earning second team honors for the 2017 season.
Blank said from last year to this year, Kosnopfal probably increased the most as a football player.
“Every year he got better but I think the reason he got so much better is that he is very considerate in doing his task or his job correctly and he just takes pride in being a great teammate to his fellow teammates,” Blank said. “I’m really excited that Christian has the opportunity to play football at Missouri Valley and extend his football career. He was an extremely hard worker and played a vital role of our offensive line and the production the last three years. He was second team all-conference in the NCMC and did a really good job for us.”
In addition to Missouri Valley, Kosnopfal said he also looked at the University of Minnesota for just school.
“I wanted to play football so I looked at the college in my father’s current town of River Falls, Wisconsin,” Kosnopfal said. “Ultimately, it came down to Missouri Valley that gave me the best opportunity.”
A three-year lettermen on the Boonville Pirates football team, Kosnopfal said looking back the highlight of his career was winning Mexico this past season in the final minutes of the game on the way to his all-conference season.
Of course Kosnopfal knows that he will have to improve twofold to make the starting lineup for the Vikings.
“I will have to be more aggressive and not make mental errors while on the field,” Kosnopfal said. “I will also have to leave mistakes in the past and look forward to the next play.”
As for his short term and long term goals at Missouri Valley, Kosnopfal said his short term goals is to work his way into a starting position. He also wants to become an all-conference player at the collegiate level as well.
As for his long term goals, he said he wants to major in Criminal Justice and play football all four years as it is his passion.
Having participated in football since the sixth grade, Kosnopfal said his biggest influence on him playing football is his friends and family.
“If it weren’t for my mom and dad pushing me so hard in football, I may not be the player I am today,” Kosnopfal said. “My friends also helped to push me everyday in practice to be the best that I could.”
As for what he is going to miss the most about playing football at Boonville, Kosnopfal said without hesitation that he will miss the coaches and his teammates.
“I owe my success to Coach Ferri, Coach Stock and Coach Hopkins,” Kosnopfal said. “They push me to be my best all throughout my career and especially this year. My teammates were also there for me the whole way and were great supporters and help during practice.”
Only time will tell if Kosnopfal can translate the knowledge he has learned from high school to college. The good news is that Kosnopfal has four years to fulfill his dream of playing football at the next level.