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CAAC BLUE
East Lansing Trojans ................................................ 6
Eastern Quakers ....................................................... 7
Everett Vikings ......................................................... 8
Grand Ledge Comets .............................................. 9
Holt Rams ................................................................. 10
Okemos Chiefs ........................................................ 11
Sexton Big Reds ...................................................... 12
CAAC RED
DeWitt Panthers .................................................... 13
Fowlerville Gladiators .......................................... 14
Haslett Vikings ........................................................ 15
Ionia Bulldogs ......................................................... 16
Owosso Trojans ...................................................... 17
St. Johns Redwings ................................................ 18
CAAC GOLD
Charlotte Orioles ................................................... 19
Eaton Rapids Greyhounds .................................. 20
Mason Bulldogs ...................................................... 21
Waverly Warriors .................................................. 22
CAAC WHITE
Corunna Cavaliers ................................................. 23
Lakewood Vikings ................................................. 26
Lansing Catholic Cougars .................................... 27
Portland Raiders .................................................... 28
Stockbridge Panthers ........................................... 29
Williamston Hornets ............................................ 30
CMAC
Bath Bees ................................................................. 31
Dansville Aggies .................................................... 32
Fulton Pirates ......................................................... 32
Fowler Eagles ......................................................... 33
Laingsburg Wolfpack ........................................... 34
Pewamo-Westphalia Pirates .............................. 35
Potterville Vikings ................................................. 36
Saranac Redskins ................................................... 37
GAC BLUE
Morrice Orioles ...................................................... 38
GAC RED
Perry Ramblers ....................................................... 39
TVC CENTRAL
Alma Panthers ........................................................ 39
Ovid-Elsie Marauders ........................................... 40
TVC WEST
Ithaca Yellowjackets ............................................. 41
KVA
Maple Valley Lions ................................................ 42
Olivet Eagles ........................................................... 42
MSAC SOUTH
Ashley Bears ............................................................ 43
Carson City-Crystal Eagles ................................... 44
INDEPENDENT
Leslie Blackhawks .................................................. 45
SOUTHERN MICHIGAN 8-MAN
Portland St. Patrick Shamrocks .......................... 46
Webberville Spartans ........................................... 47
ALSO
Coaches’ league predictions ................................. 4
Week-by-week games to watch .......................... 5
Area teams with Ford Field dreams ........... 24-25

Western Michigan University-bound Curtis
Doyle (75) anchors Alma's offensive line.
ALPHABETICAL
Alma Panthers ........................................................ 39
Ashley Bears ............................................................ 43
Bath Bees ................................................................. 31
Carson City-Crystal Eagles ................................... 44
Charlotte Orioles ................................................... 19
Corunna Cavaliers ................................................. 23
Dansville Aggies .................................................... 32
DeWitt Panthers .................................................... 13
East Lansing Trojans ................................................ 6
Eastern Quakers ....................................................... 7
Eaton Rapids Greyhounds .................................. 20
Everett Vikings ......................................................... 8
Fowler Eagles ......................................................... 33
Fowlerville Gladiators .......................................... 14
Fulton Pirates ......................................................... 32
Grand Ledge Comets .............................................. 9
Haslett Vikings ........................................................ 15
Holt Rams ................................................................. 10
Ionia Bulldogs ......................................................... 16
Ithaca Yellowjackets ............................................. 41
Laingsburg Wolfpack ........................................... 34
Lakewood Vikings ................................................. 26
Lansing Catholic Cougars .................................... 27
Leslie Blackhawks .................................................. 45
Maple Valley Lions ................................................ 42
Mason Bulldogs ...................................................... 21
Morrice Orioles ...................................................... 38
Okemos Chiefs ........................................................ 11
Olivet Eagles ........................................................... 42
Ovid-Elsie Marauders ........................................... 40
Owosso Trojans ...................................................... 17
Perry Ramblers ....................................................... 39
Pewamo-Westphalia Pirates .............................. 35
Portland Raiders .................................................... 28
Portland St. Patrick Shamrocks .......................... 46
Potterville Vikings ................................................. 36
Saranac Redskins ................................................... 37
Sexton Big Reds ...................................................... 12
St. Johns Redwings ................................................ 18
Stockbridge Panthers ........................................... 29
Waverly Warriors .................................................. 22
Webberville Spartans ........................................... 47
Williamston Hornets ............................................ 30

Getting the signal
Ball ready for play
*untimed down

Loss of down

Start clock

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Here are the most common referee motions for high school football and what each one means.

Legal touching of forward
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Illegal shift - 2 hands
Illegal motion - 1 hand

Illegal participation

Running into
or roughing
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Sideline interference
(face press box)

Ineligible downfield
on pass

Delay of game

Failure to wear
required equipment

Illegal batting/kicking
(followed by pointing
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Personal foul

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Dead ball, foul
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Unsportsmanlike
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Illegal pass/
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Roughing passer

Forward pass
interference,
kick catching
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Safety

Illegal helmet contact

Touchdown,
field goal, point(s)
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Incomplete forward
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no play, no score, toss
option delayed

Disregard flag
Substitution infraction

Encroachment

Time-out discretionary
or injury time-out (follow
by tapping hands on chest)

Sideline warning

First down

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Coaches’ league predictions
CAAC BLUE

1. Grand Ledge, 2. East Lansing, 3. Holt,
4. Sexton, 5. Okemos, 6. Everett, 7. Jackson,
8. Eastern
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS IN LEAGUE:
Joe Reverman (Grand Ledge), Lucas Barner
(Everett), Ty Glover (Holt), E.J. Jackson
(Eastern)
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS IN LEAGUE:
Avonte Bell (Sexton), Keefer Johnson (Grand
Ledge), Austin Kent (Holt), John Norton
(Sexton)

CAAC RED

1. DeWitt, 2. St. Johns, 3. Haslett, 4. Ionia,
5. Owosso, 6. Fowlerville
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS IN LEAGUE:
Jake Johnson (DeWitt), T.J. Havens (St. Johns)
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS IN LEAGUE:
Chris Ruby (DeWitt), Cody Bosma (Haslett)

CAAC GOLD

1. Jackson Lumen Christi, 2. Charlotte, 3. Mason, 4. Eaton Rapids, 5. Waverly, 6. Parma
Jackson County Western, 7. Jackson Northwest
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS IN LEAGUE:
Ryan Conklin (Parma Jackson County
Western), Airic Boyce (Waverly)
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS IN LEAGUE:
Devyn Manson (Waverly), Shen Goodrich
(Charlotte)

CAAC WHITE

Perry quarterback Dakota Hart (7) hands off to Kenny Polhemus (24) behind blockers that included Cody Proudfoot (50) and Braden Finch
(23). The Ramblers play one more year in the GAC Red befoire moving to the new GLAC in the fall of 2014. COURTESY PHOTO

CMAC

Laingsburg, 4. Fulton, 5. Dansville, 6. Bath,
7. Saranac, 8. Potterville
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS IN LEAGUE:
Kyle Nurenberg (Pewamo-Westphalia), Austin
Feldpausch (Fowler), Jake Litwiler (Fulton),
Dylan Moffit (Bath), Tyler Spade (Fulton),
Michael Schauer (Laingsburg)
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS IN LEAGUE:
WILL WALKER (DANSVILLE), Lane Simon
(Pewamo-Westphalia), Jake Knight (Fulton),

1. Portland, 2. Lansing Catholic, 3. Williamston,
4. Corunna, 5. Lakewood, 6. Stockbridge
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS IN LEAGUE:
Jacob Kimmel (Portland), Auston Brandt
(Portland)
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS IN LEAGUE:
Austin Schertzing (Lansing Catholic), Zach
Gustafson (Portland), Chaz Moore
(Williamston)
1. Pewamo-Westphalia, 2. Fowler, 3.

GAC BLUE

1. New Lothrop, 2. Byron, 3. Flint Hamady,
4. Morrice, 5. Burton Bendle, 6. Burton Bentley, 7. Genesee, 8. Burton Atherton

GAC RED

1. Montrose Hill-McCloy, 2. Lake Fenton,
3. Mount Morris, 4. Goodrich, 5. Flint Beecher,
6. Perry, 7. Durand

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TVC CENTRAL

1. Saginaw Swan Valley, 2. Freeland,
3. Hemlock, 4. Midland Bullock Creek, 5. Alma,
6. Ovid-Elsie, 7. Chesaning, 8. Shepherd

TVC WEST

Chase McGill, tackling Lansing Catholic’s
Adam Babcock, returns for Olivet. LSJ FILE

1. Ithaca, 2. Carrollton, 3. Saginaw Valley
Lutheran, 4. Saginaw Michigan Lutheran
Seminary, 5. Merrill, 6. St. Charles, 7. St. Louis,
8. Breckenridge

C.J. VanAlstine (left) of Charlotte steps in front of a pass meant for Lejchon Marshall of
Waverly. Coaches pick the Orioles to finish second in the CAAC Gold. LSJ FILE

KVA

1. Battle Creek Pennfield, 2. Constantine,
3. Schoolcraft, 4. Olivet, 5. Maple Valley,
6. Kalamazoo Christian, 7. Parchment, 8.
Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic,
9. Delton Kellogg, 10. Galesburg-Augusta

MSAC SOUTH

1. Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart, 2. Carson

City-Crystal, 3. Vestaburg, 4. Coleman,
5. Blanchard Montabella, 6. Ashley

SOUTHERN MICHIGAN
8-MAN

1. Portland St. Patrick, 2. Waldron, 3. Battle
Creek St. Philip, 4. Webberville, 5. St. Joesph
Michigan Lutheran, 6. Burr Oak, 7. Litchfield,
8. Tekonsha

Week-by-week games to watch

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WEEK 1 (AUG. 29-30)

Go here: HASLETT at EAST LANSING —
This one’s been a staple of opening-week
action since the two schools began playing
regularly in 2002. The Trojans lately have had
the upper hand, winning three straight including a 37-18 victory last year. A win here for
East Lansing would match the four straight
the Vikings won from 2004-07.
If you want to see a game between two old
CAC schools: WAVERLY at EVERETT —
The Vikings and Warriors have faced one
another in the non-conference in all but two
seasons since 2002. Waverly is coming off
back-to-back winning seasons while Everett
will still be strong, albeit re-tooling a bit, after
an undefeated regular season last year. Everett
has won seven of the past eight in this series.

WEEK 2 (SEPT. 6-7)

Go here: PORTLAND at OWOSSO — Owosso has been a rising program the past two
seasons, making the playoffs last year for the
first time since 2001. Portland won the Division
5 state title last season and will have to focus
on this opponent from the CAAC Red before a
CAAC White showdown with Lansing Catholic
the following week.
If you want to see a good early CMAC tilt:
FOWLER at LAINGSBURG — Fowler and
new coach Kris Ernst open the season at state
power Mendon. Then another road trip looms
at Laingsburg in the second week. This is the
start of a huge conference stretch for the
Wolfpack as they play the Eagles at home,
then travel to Pewamo-Westphalia and Fulton
the following two weeks.

WEEK 3 (SEPT.12-14)

Go here: PORTLAND at LANSING
CATHOLIC — A game that will most likely
decide the CAAC White, as it has the past two
years. The Cougars won 41-32 last season, but
the Raiders won the state championship. The
winner of this game has gone on to post an
unbeaten record in CAAC White play every
season since 2007. The offensive schemes are
vastly different, but they both can light up the
scoreboard.
If you want to see CAAC Blue play get
going instead: GRAND LEDGE at SEXTON
— The Big Reds should be one of the more
improved teams in the area after being so
young last season. Sexton has scored just eight
points combined in two games against Grand
Ledge since coming into the Blue, and lost by
27 last season.

WEEK 4 (SEPT. 20-21)

started play in the Red, they’ve split two
games decided by three points each. The
Vikings have just missed the playoffs the past
four seasons and games like these may help
them get over the hump.

WEEK 5 (SEPT. 27-28)

Go here: HOLT at EAST LANSING — Holt
dealt East Lansing its first loss of the season
last year and it was the first of three setbacks
in four games for the Trojans. Both teams
ended up 4-3 in conference play. Scoring is at
a premium when these two hook up. They
have combined for more than 40 points just
once since 2006.
If you’re looking for a grudge match:
OWOSSO at ST. JOHNS — Owosso’s resurgent season ended at the hands of the
Redwings last year in a Division 3 district final,
less than two months after St. Johns won 14-13
in a regular-season meeting. These two teams
love to run the football.

WEEK 6 (OCT. 4-5)

Go here: ST. JOHNS at DEWITT — This
game is always fun (almost 70 combined
points per game the last four meetings) and
usually competitive (last four decided by two
touchdowns or less). The Redwings looked
poised to end DeWitt’s season in a Division 3
regional final last year, but botched a closerange field goal attempt in the final minute

and fell 29-27.
If you’re looking to follow the CAAC Blue
for another week: EVERETT at EAST LANSING — The Trojans got the last laugh against
Everett last season, losing 6-0 in the regular
season and then eliminating Everett in a Division 2 district opener, after the Vikings went
through the regular season undefeated. For
the fifth year in a row, East Lansing plays Holt
and Everett back-to-back weeks.

WEEK 7 (OCT.11-12)

Go here: FOWLER at PEWAMO-WESTPHALIA — Both programs have new coaches
and will be replacing some key departures, but
both should still be battling for a league title
in this one. The Eagles shut out P-W 14-0 last
fall and these two schools have finished in the
top three of the league the past three years.
If you’re looking for something a little
different: PORTLAND ST. PATRICK at
WEBBERVILLE —The first 8-player football
game between two area schools. This is Webberville’s first season playing the 8-player
format and the Shamrocks, former longtime
members of the CMAC, went 11-1 last year and
reached the semifinals of the 8-player playoffs
before losing to Deckerville.

WEEK 8 (OCT.18-19)

Go here: PORTLAND at DEWITT — Two
playoff-proven teams that could have bigger

games ahead when they go their separate
ways following this underrated CAAC crossover. The Raiders announced themselves in a
37-7 demolition of DeWitt last season, forcing
eight Panther turnovers. They’ve split the last
four matchups, with Portland taking the past
two.
If you’re looking for a city showdown:
SEXTON at EVERETT — This game should
be much closer than last year — a 32-0 Everett
win which ended a three-game winning streak
in the series for the Big Reds. The victory
countered a 32-point Sexton win in 2011.

WEEK 9 (OCT. 25-26)

Go here: ITHACA at SHEPHERD — Yes, it’s
a long drive and the weather in late October is
totally unreliable, but the Yellowjackets could
be on the verge of their fourth consecutive
perfect regular season and 51st win in a row if
they make it unscathed into this one. Impressive stuff.
If you’re looking to stay closer to home:
GRAND LEDGE at HOLT — Holt was looking for a sixth win in this regular-season finale
last year to clinch a playoff spot, but it wound
up being a 27-0 defeat. Grand Ledge has won
four of the past five in the series, allowing just
eight points per game in their past three
victories.
— Denny Schwarze

August 28, 2013

Go here: HOLT at EVERETT — The CAAC
Blue race started to become a little clearer
during this game last season, when the Vikings
used a smothering defense to post a 21-3 road
win. It was the first time Everett had beaten
Holt since 2004. The Rams will be looking for a
little road redemption this time.
If you’re looking for a nail-biter: OWOSSO
at HASLETT — Since both these schools

Holt quarterback Eric Potter (left) gets past Grand Ledge’s Devante Dear, Marquinzus Adams (5) and Jacob Quain (top right) during the
Comets’ win last season. The two teams will meet in the regular-season finale again this season. LSJ FILE

East Lansing Trojans

LAST YEAR

4-3 CAAC Blue (third
place), 7-4 overall

East Lansing’s
Ken
Washington
(right) wards
off a tackle
attempt by
Haslett’s Josh
Jackard in
their season
opener last
season.
Washington
is one of the
players the
Trojans hope
can help fill
the void left
by the
graduation of
Javon Haines.
LSJ FILE

GETTING DEFENSIVE
With seven returning starters on
defense, this squad will be one of
the most experienced units in the
conference. Most of that returning talent is up front and in the
secondary. Leading the way in the
trenches will be senior Matt Ethington, who was honorable mention all-conference in 2012. Supporting him in the secondary is
all-conference standout Devin
Paritee.

BILL FERACO
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• Playing experience:
Greensburg (Pa.) Central
Catholic 1964-65, Michigan
State 1966-68
• Coaching experience:
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Catholic 1994, East Lansing 2004-present
• Career record: 52-43 at E.L., 73-84 overall
• Full-time job: East Lansing High English
teacher
• Assistant coaches: Andy Brent, Nick Eyde,
Gianni Feraco, Jason Johnson, Javier Lara,
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Fri. 9/20 ..............................*at Eastern (at Sexton)
Fri. 9/27 .............................................................*HOLT
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Perhaps the biggest shock of the
2012 postseason was East Lansing’s 10-6 victory over Everett in
the first round. With the Vikings
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the league improving, the Trojans
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roster — Gabe Horton-Pankow
and Reece Piotter. Whoever gets
the majority of snaps will need to
progress quickly for the team to
mirror its playoff run from last
season.

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A WIDE NET
The Trojans’ biggest offensive
weapon last season was wide
receiver Javon Haines. His graduation leaves a gaping hole. Rather
than replace him with just one
player, expect several to step up.
Ken Washington, Zach Francisco
and Blake Ross should all be
receiving targets. The deep and
talented group should be one of
this team’s strengths.

NO. NAME ....................... POSITION...YEAR
1 Gabe Horton-Pankow ..........................QB/DB P/K so.
2 Devin Paritee ...............................................WR/DB sr.*
3 B.J. Powell .......................................................RB/DB so.
4 Kyshaun Brown .............................................WR/DB sr.
5 Marq Adams .................................................RB/DB sr.+
6 Da'Vontay Haines .......................................WR/DB sr.*
7 Ken Washington ........................................WR/DB sr.*
8 Nathan Hall .....................................................TE/LB sr.*
9 Cepriano Benevides ......................................WR/LB jr.
10 Dan Iancio .......................................................RB/DB jr.
11 Reid Burton ....................................................TE/DL so.
12 Reece Piotter .................................................QB/DB jr.
13 Dominic Alvarado .......................................WR/DB jr.
14 Bryan Leek .......................................................TE/LB jr.
15 Brian Edmiston .........................................WR/DB sr.+
18 Rachid Chatti ...............................................WR/DB sr.
19 Meguel Montes ............................................WR/LB jr.
20 Faymous Tyra ..............................................RB/DB sr.*
22 Reuben Montes .............................................RB/LB jr.
23 Tony Knox .......................................................RB/DL jr.
24 Londell Nelson ...........................................WR/LB sr.+
25 Zach Francisco .................................................WR sr.+
30 Ike Nnanabu ..................................................RB/DB jr.
32 Blake Ross ..................................................WR/DB sr.+
33 Sam Morris ...................................................RB/LB sr.*
34 Nick Gopi .........................................................RB/LB sr.
35 Grant Vinson .................................................RB/DB sr.
40 Rayden Gutierrez .......................................RB/LB sr.*
42 Ethan Taylor .................................................WR/DB jr.
45 Vince Cokely .................................................WR/DB jr.
50 Bailey Ueberroth ........................................OL/DL sr.*
52 Vino Rosas ......................................................OL/DL sr.
53 Paul Gagnier ..................................................OL/DL jr.
54 Arman Mughal ...........................................OL/LB sr.*
55 Matt Ethington ..........................................OL/DL sr.*
56 Tanner Boulton ...................................................DL sr.
58 Heath Williams ............................................OL/DL so.
60 Darrin Glasscoe .............................................OL/DL jr.
61 Michael Wineland-Leader ..........................OL/DL sr.
66 John Tedford .................................................OL/DL sr.
72 Syed Haider .................................................OL/DL sr.+
75 Patrik Moriarty ...........................................OL/DL sr.*
80 Nathan Goodman ......................................WR/DB jr.
88 Parker Underwood .......................................TE/DL jr.
95 Isaiah Brown .........................................................DL jr.
*returning starters (6 offense, 7 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

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Eastern Quakers

LAST YEAR

7

ROSTER

1-6 in CAAC Blue (seventh
place), 1-8 overall
NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR

FOURCAST

RUSHING AROUND
The return of 5-foot-8, 185pound junior E.J. Jackson and
the addition of sophomore
running backs Shonquise
Trainor (5-9, 170) and LaTone
Smith (5-9, 190) should make
the rushing attack one of the
strengths of the Eastern
football team. “They have
experience, and they’ve put in
a lot of work over the summer,” Quakers coach Robert
McBride said.
IMPROVED DEFENSE
The Quakers gave up 33, 38,
33, 39, 54, 56, 9, 23 and 26
points, respectively, in their
nine games last fall for an
average of 34.6 per game.
That total should go down
since McBride thinks the
defensive line with Joe Gilmore, Josh Alston and Jon
Nyembrue will be a team
strength. He expects a “smart,
aggressive defense.”
NEW FOE: HASLETT
The Quakers’ schedule includes eight of the same
opponents as a year ago. The
one change is state power
Lowell was replaced by a
closer rival, but one that’s still
quite tough year in and year
out, in Haslett.
COACH’S GOALS
McBride wants to see Eastern
play a complete game and
limit turnovers and penalties.
— Dick Hoekstra

2 Trent Johnson ...........................................QB...jr.+
3 Marquan Jones ...................................WR/DB...sr.
4 Ajayi Perkins ........................................WR/DB...sr.
5 Joshua Alston ......................................TE/DE...jr.+
6 Sam Thurman ....................................WR/DB...so.
7 E.J. Jackson ..........................................RB/DB...jr.*
8 Shonquise Trainor ................................ATH...so.*
9 Malik Demyers ....................................WR/DB...jr.
10 Gavin Hoskins ...................................RB/DB...jr.+
11 LaTone Smith ....................................RB/LB...so.+
12 Dalton Bailey ....................................WR/DB...so.
14 Emiliano Gonzales ...........................TE/DE...sr.*
15 Anthony Allen ...................................WR/DB...jr.
20 Chase Davis ...........................................RB/LB...jr.
22 Tyrone Trainor ..................................WR/DB...fr.
25 Tarik Wilson ..........................................RB/LB...jr.
27 Anthony Evans ...................................TE/DE...so.
27 Devonta Burrell ...................................RB/LB...sr.
32 Dakota Davis ........................................RB/LB...sr.
34 Aurelius Christian ..............................FB/LB...so.
40 Don Garrett .......................................WR/DB...sr.
42 Luis Carvalho ......................................RB/DB...sr.
52 Ben Mason .........................................OL/LB...sr.*
53 Freddy Petway ..................................OL/LB...sr.*
54 Mito Montemayor .............................OL/DL...jr.
65 Jeffrey Mills .......................................OL/DE...sr.*
66 Jonathan Nyembrue .........................OL/DL...jr.
73 Levi Buck ..............................................OL/DL...sr.
75 Lorenz Stitt ..........................................OL/DL...sr.
76 Joel Hutchings ..................................OL/DL...sr.*
77 Joe Gilmore ..........................................OL/DL...jr.
81 Kevontia Miles ...................................WR/DB...jr.
82 Devante Madden .............................WR/DB...jr.
Austin Trevino .........................................................sr.
Trevaughn Crusoe ..................................WR/DB...jr.
* returning starters
(4 on offense, 4 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

Eastern running back E.J. Jackson (7) eludes Okemos defenders for a big gain. Jackson, a junior, is one
of eight returning starters for the Quakers. LSJ FILE

SCHEDULE

ROBERT MCBRIDE
• Age: 40
• Playing experience: Detroit Northern 1987-91, Michigan State 1991-96
• Coaching experience:
Lansing Eastern 2011-present
• Career record: 2-16
• Full-time job: Lansing police officer
• Assistant coaches: Demetrius Jones, Jeff
Smith, Darin Dyer, Robert Rios

Okemos
quarterback
Jacob Devine
(4) is pursued
by Eastern’s
Dylan
Filicky-Torres
(63) and
Freddy
Petway. LSJ
FILE

August 28, 2013

Thu. 8/29 ..............................CADILLAC (at Sexton)
Fri. 9/6 .........................................................at Haslett
Fri. 9/13 ..........................................................*at Holt
Fri. 9/20 .....................*EAST LANSING (at Sexton)
Fri. 9/27 .....................................................*at Everett
Fri. 10/4 .....................*GRAND LEDGE (at Sexton)
Fri. 10/11 ...................................................*at Jackson
Fri. 10/18 ..............................*OKEMOS (at Sexton)
Fri. 10/25 ...................................................*at Sexton

COACH

8

Everett Vikings

LAST YEAR

7-0 in CAAC Blue (first
place), 9-1 overall

SCHEDULE
Thu. 8/29 ....................................................WAVERLY
Fri. 9/6 .......................................................at Saginaw
Thu. 9/12 ................................................*at Okemos
Fri. 9/20 .............................................................*HOLT
Fri. 9/27 ......................................................*EASTERN
Fri. 10/4 ...........................................*at East Lansing
Fri. 10/11 ........................................*at Grand Ledge
Fri. 10/18 ......................................................*SEXTON
Fri. 10/25 ...................................................*JACKSON

ROSTER

Everett wide
receiver Rhett
Blackman of
Everett
tightropes the
sideline to
avoid a DeWitt
tackler last
season. LSJ FILE

FOURCAST

August 28, 2013

BEST SEASON EVER?
The Vikings are coming off, arguably, their most successful season
ever. Everett went 9-0 in the
regular season and earned its first
CAAC Blue title before losing its
playoff opener, 10-6 to East Lansing. The only Vikings team to go
undefeated was the 1954 team
that went 8-0. The other team
that absorbed just one loss was
the 1955 team that went 7-1.

Everett
quarterback
Lucas Barner
looks
downfield for
a receiver
during the
Vikings’
playoff game
against East
Lansing,
which was
their only loss
of the season.
LSJ FILE

COACH LOOKS AHEAD
Everett coach Marcelle Carruthers,
whose career record improved to
56-68 (or 50-47 since a 6-21 start),
told his team on the first day of
practice earlier this month that
the 2012 team “set the bar high
last year for these young men,
and some of these guys were part
of that team. They see that everything matters, that every little
task you take on can help you
become a become a complete
player.”

FOURTH-YEAR QB
The Vikings return seven starters
on offense, including fourth-year
starting quarterback Lucas Barner.
“We’re fortunate to have our
quarterback back,” Carruthers
said. “He’s been an outstanding
leader.” After an 0-9 freshman
year, Everett improved to 4-5 his
sophomore year and then 9-1 his
junior year. Defense, where Everett returns just one starter, and
the lines on both sides of the ball
are concerns for Carruthers.

DARK DAYS ARE BEHIND
Given the success of last season,
it’s sort of hard to believe that
Everett once went 0-9 for four
straight years from 1995-98. For
the decade of 1993-2002, the
Vikings’ record was just 12-78. But
recent success under Carruthers
has led to greater participation.
More than 40 players showed up
for the first day of football practice, plus another 25 each for the
junior varsity and freshmen teams
at Everett.
— Dick Hoekstra

COACH
MARCELLE CARRUTHERS
• Age: 47
• Playing experience:
Eastern High 1980-82, Central
Michigan 1984-87
• Coaching experience:
Everett 2000-present
• Career record: 56-68
• Full-time job: Everett
High physical education teacher
• Assistant coaches: Lloyd Blackman, Chad
Foster, Nemus Gonzales, Marvin Wright

NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
1 Rhett Blackman .................................WR/DB...jr.*
2 Marvin Wright .....................................RB/LB...jr.+
3 Marquan Windham ...........................RB/LB...jr.*
4 Kalynn Williams ................................WR/LB...sr.*
5 Lucas Barner ..............................................QB...sr.*
6 Leondre Terry ....................................WR/DB...jr.*
7 Xavier Couthen ...................................TE/DL...sr.*
8 D’Andre Taylor ..................................RB/DB...so.+
9 Ni’Que Wilson ..................................WR/DB...sr.+
10 Mac’Quinn Norris .............................WR/LB...so.
11 Kaleb Parker ..........................................RB/LB...jr.
12 Jacob Odom .....................................WR/LB...sr.*
14 Cameron Goedert .............................WR/K...sr.*
15 Bryan Jones ......................................WR/DB...jr.+
20 Brandon Leek ..................................WR/DB...jr.+
21 Dominic Maynard ..............................WR/LB...jr.
22 Isaiah Wasson ....................................RB/LB...jr.+
23 Darren Kimbrough ..........................WR/DB...sr.
24 DeVari Niblock ..................................WR/DB...jr.
30 Lhaundale Gardner .........................WR/DB...sr.
31 Anthony Denson .......................................DL...jr.
34 Marvell Williams ..............................WR/DB...sr.
35 Anferny Bradley ..................................TE/LB...sr.
40 Kiel Cummins ....................................WR/DB...sr.
42 Ray’Quan Williamson .....................WR/DB...sr.
43 Dennis Parker ...........................................DL...so.
44 Michael Morgan .......................................DL...jr.
50 James Fredd ......................................OL/DL...jr.+
51 Julian Mills .........................................OL/DL...jr.*
52 Ethan Johnson ..........................................OL...sr.
53 Savion Culpepper .....................................OL...jr.
54 Alfonso Reyna ........................................OL...fr.+
56 Lloyd Harrison-Hines ......................OL/DL...jr.+
61 Kalueb Larkins ...........................................OL...jr.
63 Ja’Leel Jones ....................................OL/DL...so.*
65 Montel Windham ...................................DL...jr.*
66 Devon Cain ..........................................OL/DL...sr.
67 Devin Sinclair .....................................OL/DL...so.
73 Dewey McPherson ..........................OL/DL...fr.+
77 Rocky Thao ................................................DL...sr.
* returning starters (7 on offense,
3 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

Grand Ledge Comets

LAST YEAR

6-1 in CAAC Blue (second place), 7-3 overall

SCHEDULE
Thu. 8/29 ....................................EAST KENTWOOD
Fri. 9/6 .............................at Holland West Ottawa
Fri. 9/13 ......................................................*at Sexton
Fri. 9/20 ......................................................*OKEMOS
Fri. 9/27 .....................................................*JACKSON
Fri. 10/4 ...............................*at Eastern (at Sexton)
Fri. 10/11 .....................................................*EVERETT
Fri. 10/18 ..........................................*EAST LANSING
Fri. 10/25 ........................................................*at Holt

COACH

MATT BIRD
• Age: 39
• Playing experience:
Lansing Catholic 1989-91
• Coaching experience:
Grand Ledge 2006-present
• Career record: 47-23
• Full-time job: Grand Ledge
High government teacher
• Assistant coaches: Blake Wegenke, Mark
Ditsworth, Chad Guild, Mike Rademacher,
Sean Stevens, Mark Pierce, Billy Albrecht and
Dustin Ditsworth

FOURCAST

ALMOST A REPEAT
If the Comets could have kept
Everett from converting a twopoint conversion that gave the
Vikings a 22-21 win last season,
Grand Ledge would have earned
a third straight CAAC Blue title
and a fourth in five years. The
Comets shared the 2011 league
title with Holt, East Lansing and
Sexton. And only a 34-27 loss to
Holt in 2009 kept Grand Ledge
from going 6-0 each year from
2008-10. So Bird has led Grand
Ledge to an outstanding 28-4
mark in the CAAC Blue the past
five years.

Returning running back Tyler Vincent, now a senior, looks for an opening against CAAC
Blue rival Holt last year. LSJ FILE

PLAYOFF STREAK ONGOING
Since absorbing more than half of
his career coaching losses with 3-6
records in 2006 and 2007, Bird has
guided the Comets into the playoffs each season since with records of 10-1, 7-3, 9-1, 8-3 and 7-3
for a 41-11 total. A sixth straight
playoff season would be second
only at Grand Ledge to former
coach Pat O’Keefe’s run of seven
straight from 1994-2000 (capped
by Grand Ledge’s state title).

A LOT GOES, A LOT RETURNS
The Comets suffered heavy losses
to graduation, and then had two
multiple-year starters transfer:
running back/defensive back
Marq Adams to East Lansing and
quarterback Jalen Brady to Southfield. Yet those who return include all-league linebacker Jonathan Dobie and a pair of threeyear starters: all-state running
back (and defensive back) Joe
Reverman and all-league free
safety (and wide receiver) Keefer
Johnson.

FAST TRACK
Grand Ledge adds three track and
field stars to its roster. Sophomore
running back/defensive lineman Ba
Blamo was runner-up in the 100
dash and wide receiver/defensive
back Stefan Jones was part of the
winning 4x200 relay as well as seventh in the 200 dash at the Greater
Lansing Honor Roll Meet. Quarterback/linebacker Nathan Megge
earned all-state in the 800 run at the
Division 1 meet. Megge returns to
football after trying cross country
last fall — where he finished runnerup in the CAAC Blue.
— Dick Hoekstra

ROSTER

9

NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR

2 Bryan Bell .........................................................................WR/DB...sr.
3 Keefer Johnson .............................................................QB/DB...sr.*
4 Jay Jay Brickley .............................................................WR/DB...sr.+
5 Nathan Megge ...............................................................QB/LB...sr.+
6 Dillon Techentin ...........................................................WR/DB...jr.*
7 J.T. Houghton ......................................................................WR...jr.+
8 Cam Edlin .......................................................................WR/DB...jr.+
9 Tyler Vincent ...................................................................RB/DE...sr.+
10 Brendan Baker ................................................................K/DB...so.
11 Tony Brand ...................................................................WR/DB...sr.+
12 Eric Loftus .......................................................................TE/LB...sr.+
14 Isaiah Roberts ......................................................................WR...sr.
16 Josh Arbour ...........................................................................QB...jr.
17 Christian Guild .........................................................................K...jr.
20 Joe Reverman ..............................................................RB/DB...sr.*
22 Spencer Thomas ..................................................................WR...jr.
23 Ryan Rueckert ......................................................................WR...jr.
24 Stefan Jones ................................................................WR/DB...jr.+
26 Jacob Nyquist ......................................................................WR...sr.
28 Justin Cutts .....................................................................WR/LB...jr.
30 Brent Rutowski ............................................................RB/DL...sr.*
32 Andrew Castaneda ......................................................WR/DB...jr.
34 Ba Blamo .........................................................................RB/DL...so.
40 Jonathon Dobie ..................................................................LB...jr.*
42 Jake Fielstra ....................................................................RB/DB...sr.
43 Shane Sawyers ......................................................................DE...sr.
44 Robert Willoughby ......................................................OL/LB...so.
45 Myrun Chandler ....................................................................LB...jr.
50 Austin Leven ....................................................................OL/LB...jr.
51 Jame Duell ..............................................................................DL...jr.
52 Aaron Riley ......................................................................OL/DL...sr.
53 Austin Blatt ......................................................................OL/DL...jr.
54 Alex Maurer ..........................................................................DL...sr.
55 Mason Kreiser ....................................................................OL...sr.+
56 D.J. Perez ..........................................................................OL/DL...jr.
57 Caleb Gentry .......................................................................DL...jr.+
58 Doug Thomas ........................................................................OL...jr.
60 Bryce Mcmann ....................................................................OL...so.
62 Nicholas Leach ......................................................................DL...sr.
63 Alec Rogowski .......................................................................DL...jr.
64 Matt Lloyd ............................................................................OL...so.
65 Andrew Lehman ..................................................................DL...sr.
66 Alex Lehman ..........................................................................DL...jr.
67 Matt Madlow .....................................................................OL...sr.+
68 Austin Shattuck ....................................................................DL...jr.
70 Aaron Mueller ......................................................................DL...sr.
71 Greg Trimmer ..................................................................OL/DL...sr.
72 Nathan Ethridge ...................................................................OL...jr.
74 Mark Chandler ......................................................................DL...jr.
75 Ryan Pelfery ..........................................................................OL...sr.
76 Tyler Quick .............................................................................OL...jr.
77 Austin Souers ..................................................................OL/DL...jr.
79 Sam Burns ........................................................................OL/DL...jr.
80 Hunter Locker .......................................................................DE...jr.
82 Jaiden Kurzy ..........................................................................DE...jr.
88 Josh Foye ................................................................................DE...sr.
* returning starters (2 on offense, 3 on defense)
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Holt Rams

LAST YEAR

4-3 in CAAC Blue (third
place), 5-4 overall

FOURCAST

FEEL THE RUSH
Senior running back Ty Glover returns after
rushing for 1,200 yards last year and 1,300 as a
sophomore and is one of the most experienced backs in the area. And just as importantly, there is good depth behind him. Tim Cain,
Tyler Todd and Trent Stone also will get looks
in the backfield. Quarterback Eric Potter also is
a threat to run.
VALUABLE ASSET
Slamer called Austin Kent the “quarterback of
the defense” and the senior will lead the
secondary. Kent is also a standout wide receiver and a big target at 6-0, 200 pounds, which is
good size for red-zone passing opportunities.
Kent doesn’t get any rest on special teams
either, returning kicks and punts for the Rams.
For an offense that struggled to score at times
last season (just over 14 points per game, shut
out twice), Kent should be a big-time weapon.
LINE DEPTH
Slamer feels depth on the offensive and defensive lines is one of the Rams’ biggest strengths.
Senior Josh Marsh will anchor the offensive
line as a three-year starter. Andy Adado, Vince
Rawlings and Derek Wright also are returning
offensive linemen that all weigh more than
220 pounds, with Marsh and Adado both
checking in at 260. It’s an experienced bunch
that should help pave the way for another big
season for Glover. Seniors Colin Jones and
Dakota Lawhon (6-0, 310 pounds) return on
the defensive line and several other contributors will be able to rotate in to help keep the
unit fresh.
TOUGH SLATE
On top of competing in the tough CAAC Blue,
Holt will once again play one of the toughest
non-conference schedules in the state. The
Rams face Hudsonville and Rockford in their
first two games for the third season in a row.
Last year, Holt beat Hudsonville 24-21 and lost
to Rockford 22-0.
— Denny Schwarze

Ty Glover eludes Rockford’s Blake McDonald during their game last season. Glover has
more than 2,500 yards rushing in the past two seasons combined. LSJ FILE

SCHEDULE
Thu. 8/29 ...........................................HUDSONVILLE
Fri. 9/6 .....................................................at Rockford
Fri. 9/13 ......................................................*EASTERN
Fri. 9/20 .....................................................*at Everett
Fri. 9/27 ...........................................*at East Lansing
Fri. 10/4 ........................................................*SEXTON
Fri. 10/11 ..................................................*at Okemos
Fri. 10/18 ..................................................*at Jackson
Fri. 10/25 .........................................*GRAND LEDGE

COACH
AL SLAMER
• Age: 57
• Playing experience:
Wayne Memorial 1971-73,
Eastern Michigan 1974-77
• Coaching experience:
Battle Creek Central 19872007, Holt 2008-present
• Career record: 161-91
• Full-time job: Holt High physical education
teacher
• Assistant coaches: Don Green, Jack Rarick, Ryan Anderson, Ben Holtry, Chad Fulk,
Dan Knechtel, Sean Carmody, Grant Melville,
Tom MacFarland, Robert Dozier, John Smythe,
Mark Zajac, Brett Ramsden, Luke Moreno, Bill
Thurston, Scott Worden, William Young

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NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR

1 Donquall Jackson .........................................................WR/DB...sr.+
2 Colin Jones .......................................................................TE/DL...sr.*
3 Austin Kent ...................................................................WR/DB...sr.*
5 Marco Reyes .......................................................................RB/LB...sr.
6 Nick Bigelow .................................................................WR/DB...sr.*
7 Jackson Smith ...................................................................QB/DB...jr.
8 Martin Jones ....................................................................WR/DB...jr.
9 Eric Potter .......................................................................QB/DB...sr.*
10 Romeell Dozier ...........................................................WR/DB...sr.*
11 Collin Klisch ............................................................................K...sr.+
12 Garrett Dickinson ........................................................QB/DB...jr.+
13 Tyler Todd ......................................................................RB/DB...jr.+
14 Liam Gonzalez .........................................................................K...jr.
15 Travis Stephenson .........................................................WR/DB...jr.
16 Peter Shutt .....................................................................WR/DB...jr.
17 Karl Leger ........................................................................RB/DB...sr.
19 Drayton Hooper ............................................................WR/DB...jr.
20 Ty Glover .......................................................................RB/DB...sr.*
21 Jourdin Brewer ...............................................................RB/DB...sr.
22 Trent Stone ..................................................................RB/DB...so.+
23 Donquevis Brown ..........................................................RB/DB...sr.
24 Darius Mason ................................................................WR/DB...sr.
25 Ryan Gray ....................................................................WR/DB...jr.+
27 Amaan Payne ............................................................WR/DB...so.+
28 Tim Cain .........................................................................RB/DB...sr.+
32 Kyle Cannarile ...............................................................WR/DB...jr.
33 Danny Martinez ...........................................................RB/LB...jr.+
36 Adam Turner .................................................................RB/LB...sr.*
38 Zac Peterson ..................................................................RB/LB...sr.*
40 Cade Butch ....................................................................TE/DL...sr.+
44 Michael Santos ..............................................................WR/LB...sr.
48 Conner Butch ................................................................TE/LB...sr.+
50 Tim Fischer .....................................................................OL/DL...jr.+
53 Andrew Cole ...................................................................OL/DL...sr.
54 Derek Wright ...............................................................OL/DL...sr.*
55 Hakim Ross ....................................................................OL/DL...jr.+
56 Bobby Rose ......................................................................OL/DL...jr.
58 Isaiah Robinson ..............................................................OL/DL...sr.
59 Christopher Miranda-Olivia .........................................OL/LB...jr.
60 Josh Marsh ....................................................................OL/DL...sr.*
61 Paul Warfield ...................................................................OL/DL...jr.
63 Brandon Brinkman ........................................................OL/DL...jr.
64 Vince Rawlings .............................................................OL/DL...sr.*
67 Asean Vue .....................................................................OL/DL...sr.+
68 Nick Forgrave ..................................................................OL/DL...jr.
70 Mike Domzalski ..............................................................OL/DL...jr.
73 Alfred White ................................................................OL/DL...sr.+
75 Charlie Miller ..................................................................OL/DL...jr.
76 Tyler Hampton .............................................................OL/DL...sr.+
77 Victor Hernandez ........................................................OL/DL...sr.+
78 Dakota Lawhon ...........................................................OL/DL...sr.*
79 Andy Adado ..................................................................OL/DL...jr.*
82 Austin Faulds ..............................................................WR/DB...sr.+
84 Justin Williams ..............................................................WR/DB...jr.
85 Jaron Faulds ................................................................TE/DL …fr.+
86 Malik Brand ...................................................................WR/DB...sr.
87 Matt Pierce .....................................................................TE/DL...jr.+
90 Jalen Anderson ..............................................................OL/DL...sr.
99 Ronnie Eddington .......................................................TE/DL...sr.+
* returning starters (10 on offense, 6 on defense)
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Okemos Chiefs

LAST YEAR

2-5 in CAAC Blue (sixth
place), 2-7 overall

FOURCAST

RETURN MEN
The Chiefs bring back 15 of their 22 starters
from last season. Although the team won just
two games in 2012, having that much experience bodes well for a turnaround. The returning group includes the majority of the linebacker core and the defensive backs. Now that
these players have been in Jack Wallace’s
system for multiple seasons, expect an improvement.
QB BATTLE
The quarterback situation at Okemos is one to
watch. Juniors Grant Klaver and Mitch Kaczmarek figure to get the majority of the snaps,
but senior Darius Morris could work his way
into the mix. With receivers Chad Major and
Christian Moore back, there are people to
throw to, and it’s a matter of getting the right
player under center.
GROWING PAINS
It wasn’t easy for Okemos in the first season
under Wallace in 2012. The Chiefs won just
two games, including several lopsided scores.
But Wallace has a history of success at Fowlerville and compiled a career record of 190-99
there. Okemos is seeking its first league title
since 1998, and while the school may not be
ready to contend this year, it’s heading in the
right direction.
LOADED SCHEDULE
As a member of the CAAC Blue, Okemos plays
one of the toughest conference schedules you
will find. The Chiefs have to make trips to
Grand Ledge and East Lansing, while home
games against Mason, Everett and Holt figure
to be tough. If Okemos can win more than the
two games it did last season, it will be a solid
accomplishment due to the strength of schedule.

— David Cassilo

Running back Kome Johnson picks his way for extra yardage against Mason last season.
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• Career record: 192-106
• Full-time job: Fowlerville physical education teacher
• Assistant coaches: John Jungwirth, Ethan
Fahy, Dick Comar, Mike Krumm, Ken Bradley,
Rex Peckens, Luke Dillon, Jackson Miller

OKEMOS RD

Thu. 8/29 ........................................................MASON
Fri. 9/6 ...................................................at Grandville
Thu. 9/12 ....................................................*EVERETT
Fri. 9/20 .........................................*at Grand Ledge
Fri. 9/27 .....................................................*at Sexton
Fri. 10/4 .....................................................*JACKSON
Fri. 10/11 ............................................................*HOLT
Fri. 10/18 .............................*at Eastern (at Sexton)
Fri. 10/25 .........................................*at East Lansing

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NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
1 Christian Moore ........................................RB/LB...jr.*
2 Tyler Schwaner .......................................WR/DB...sr.+
3 Augwell Brown ........................................WR/DB...sr.
4 Malcom Williams ...................................TE/OLB...jr.+
5 Darius Morris ...........................................QB/DB...sr.*
6 Darnel French ..............................................TB/DB...jr.
7 T.J. Stagg .......................................................FB/DL...jr.
8 Grant Klaver .............................................QB/DB...jr.+
9 Chad Major .............................................WR/DB...sr.*
10 Davis Lewandowski ...................................WR...jr.+
11 Kyle Krumm ...........................................WR/DB...jr.+
12 Troy Briggs .......................................................PK...sr.
14 Sumner Toles ...........................................FB/DL...sr.*
16 Oliver Foster ..........................................WR/DB...sr.+
17 Mitch Kaczmarek ..................................QB/DB...jr.+
20 Jeff Hoshal ...............................................FB/DL...sr.+
21 Tristan Bolas ........................................WR/OLB...sr.*
22 John Cameron .........................................WR/LB...sr.
23 Kome Johnson ........................................RB/LB...jr.*
24 Chris Nelson ............................................RB/DB...jr.*
30 Johnny Ley .................................................TE/DB...jr.
32 Mark Louma ............................................TE/DB...jr.*
33 Billy Tracy ...............................................TE/OLB...jr.+
40 Cal Brogan ........................................................PK...jr.
44 Brandon Billingslea ...............................WR/DB...jr.
50 Connor Jordan ..........................................OL/DL...jr.
51 William Mireles ........................................OL/DL...sr.
52 Marquis Wilson .........................................OL/LB...jr.
54 Sam Horton .............................................OL/DL...jr.*
55 Cody Caruth ............................................OL/DL...jr.+
56 Zac Wise ...................................................OL/LB...jr.+
59 Brad Bez ...................................................OL/DL...jr.+
60 Parker Williams ........................................OL/DL...jr.
62 Owen Keenoy ........................................OL/DL...sr.*
65 Matt Schraft ...............................................OL/LB...jr.
66 Peter Torres .............................................OL/DL...sr.*
71 Thomas Jones ............................................OL/DL...jr.
74 John Nixon ..............................................OL/DL...jr.+
76 Cameron Stelljes ....................................OL/DL...jr.+
79 Jacob Menefee .......................................OL/DL...jr.+
81 Kyle Long ...............................................WR/DB...jr.+
84 Conlin White ...........................................WR/DB...sr.
*returning starters (7 on offense, 8 on defense)
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Sexton Big Reds

LAST YEAR

4-3 in CAAC Blue (third
place), 4-5 overall

FOURCAST

PLAYOFF REGULARS
A 42-41 loss to Monroe in the second game of
last season wound up costing Sexton a playoff
spot for the first time since 2006. It also
marked just the second time the team missed
the postseason since Big Reds coach Dan Boggan took one of his squads to the playoffs for
the first time in 2004. That came after each of
his first two teams at Sexton finshed with 4-5
records.
TEAM STRENGTHS
Boggan thinks the team speed of this year’s
squad will be improved because of off-season
work. He says his players “enjoy playing together, and they spend a lot of time off the
field together.” Other than team chemistry,
Boggan thinks stronger leadershp will lead to
improvement on the field.
FUTURE 4-YEAR STARTING QB?
Crosstown rival Everett is being led this fall by
a fourth-year starting quarerback in Lucas
Barner. Sexton may be halfway on its way to
the same thing. Malick Mack took over the
quarterback duties as a freshman last season,
and then he served as point guard on the Big
Reds’ boys basketball team that won a Class B
district title and made a regional final. Sexton
fans are hoping Mack can lead his team to
where Barner led the Vikings last year — a
CAAC Blue title. The Big Reds were part of a
four-way tie for the league title in 2011, but
they finished in a third-place tie with Holt and
East Lansing behind Everett and Grand Ledge
last fall.
COACH’S GOALS
Boggan wants to see his team “compete hard
and maintain our Sexton tradition of winning.” He wants to see the Big Reds become
“a great running team as we are accustomed
to” and “finish all games at a high level on
offense and defense.”

August 28, 2013

— Dick Hoekstra

Sexton
quarterback
Malick Mack
escapes
from Grand
Ledge
defender
Nick Verran
behind the
line of
scrimmage.
Mack is a
returning
starter as a
sophomore.
LSJ FILE

SCHEDULE
Fri. 8/30 ......................................................at Chelsea
Fri. 9/6 ..........................................................MONROE
Fri. 9/13 ...........................................*GRAND LEDGE
Fri. 9/20 ....................................................*at Jackson
Fri. 9/27 ......................................................*OKEMOS
Fri. 10/4 ..........................................................*at Holt
Fri. 10/11 ..........................................*EAST LANSING
Fri. 10/18 ...................................................*at Everett
Fri. 10/25 ....................................................*EASTERN

COACH
DAN BOGGAN
• Age: 44
• Playing experience:
Eastern High 1984-85, Indiana
University 1986, Western
Michigan 1987-91
• Coaching experience:
Sexton 2002-present
• Career record: 71-41
• Full-time job: Sexton High student support
specialist
• Assistant coaches: Johnel Davis, Eddie
Saade, Eldon Evans, Scott Bell, Pat Duke, Tyson
Matlock, Kirk Downs, Carlas Quinney Sr., Donovan Taylor

ROSTER

Sexton quarterback Malick Mack (3) looks to pass against Grand Ledge. The teams again
open CAAC Blue play against one another on Sept. 13 at Sexton. LSJ FILE

Sexton running back A’Vonte Bell is tackled
by Everett’s Anthony White during their
game last fall. Bell is one of 14 returning
starters for the Big Reds. LSJ FILE

NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
1 A’Vonte Bell ..........................................RB/LB...jr.*
2 JaVon Cooney ...................................WR/DB...sr.*
3 Malick Mack ......................................QB/DB...so.*
4 A.J. Hobbs ............................................WR/DB...sr.
5 Girard Lewis .........................................RB/LB...jr.*
6 Jalen Marsh ........................................WR/DB...so.
8 John Norton ........................................FB/LB...so.*
11 Anthony Budd ......................................FB/LB...sr.
12 Jamelle Peebles .................................WR/DB...sr.
14 Dustyn Delong .................................WR/DB...so.
18 DaVonte Chaffee ..............................WR/DB...jr.
21 LaVon Therman ..................................RB/DB...jr.
23 Tyriek Lewis ........................................WR/DB...jr.
24 Ardis Davis ......................................WR/LB...so.+
28 Fred Frost ............................................FB/LB...jr.*
29 Eriq Bennett ........................................RB/DB...sr.
30 Nate Emens ................................................K...sr.+
33 Jay Alvarez ..........................................TE/LB...jr.*
50 Shain Shannon ................................OL/DL...so.*
51 Tim Reyna .............................................OL/DL...jr.
52 Rizgar Mizori .......................................OL/LB...sr.
54 Khari Williams .................................OL/DL...so.+
55 Jalen Knight .......................................OL/DL...so.
56 Marshawn Blake .............................OL/DL…fr.*
57 Kishawn Gilliam .................................OL/DL...sr.
62 Bobby Murray .................................OL/DL...so.+
72 Malcolm X Downs .............................OL/DL...sr.
74 Brandon Guzman ...............................OL/DL...jr.
82 Marcus Patton ................................WR/DB...jr.+
83 LaDon Nixon ......................................WR/LB...sr.
88 Curt Rohrer ........................................WR/DB...jr.
* returning starters (7 offense, 7 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

DeWitt Panthers

LAST YEAR

5-0 in CAAC Red (first
place), 10-3 overall

FOURCAST

GREAT RETURNS
Nine starters return on offense and eight come
back on defense for DeWitt and there is talent
everywhere. The Panthers started six sophomores
in the Division 3 semifinals and were rotating in
freshmen on the defensive line. To make it that
far with that much inexperience is impressive and
DeWitt should be primed for another deep run
this time around.
THE PROSPECT
Jake Johnson is one of the top quarterbacks in
the state, regardless of class, and is attracting
attention from Division 1 schools at the college
level. Johnson, who was hurt early last year and
did not return until late in the season, will have
plenty of weapons to work with in an everdangerous DeWitt offense. Despite the loss of LSJ
Dream Team receiver Ryan Anderson, three-year
senior receiver Chris Ruby is back as well as fellow senior receiver Justice Shankel, who had a
productive junior year. Senior running back John
Lippert is a deceptively strong ball carrier and
will be running in front of a line with four returning starters who are all over 230 pounds.
Senior Chris Bukoski highlights the group, standing 6-5 and weighing 275 pounds.
WHAT’S BACK AT LINEBACKER
Gone are LSJ Dream Team linebacker Jimmie
Melton (172 tackles, Division 3-4 all-state special
mention) and Class A all-area hybrid Noah Evans,
but DeWitt will still be strong at the linebacker
spot. Junior Connor Grice is the team’s strongest
player, squatting 520 pounds. Senior Zack Deak is
a team captain and had a tremendous offseason
for the Panthers.
BIG LEG
Cameron West enters his senior season at placekicker after making the Dream Team as a junior.
He was 5 for 8 last season, with three makes
coming from 40 yards or longer and a long of 43.
He had three game-winning field goals and
boomed 26 kickoffs for touchbacks. West enters
his third year as the starter and will be in contention for all-state and LSJ Dream Team honors
once again.
— Denny Schwarze

DeWitt’s Justice Shankel (right) toes the sideline as he catches a pass from Jake Johnson
(7) during their Division 3 regional contest against St. Johns last season. LSJ FILE

SCHEDULE
Thu. 8/29 ..............................at Mount Pleasant
Fri. 9/6 COURTICE (ONTARIO) HOLY TRINITY
CATHOLIC
Fri. 9/13 .......................................*FOWLERVILLE
Fri. 9/20 ...................................................*at Ionia
Fri. 9/27 ...............................................*at Haslett
Fri. 10/4 ...............................................*ST. JOHNS
Fri. 10/11 ............................................*at Owosso
Fri. 10/18 .............................................PORTLAND
Fri. 10/25 ............................................at Fruitport

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ROB ZIMMERMAN
• Age: 47
• Playing experience: Perry
1980-83, Northwood 1984,
Central Michigan 1985-86
• Coaching experience:
Cedar Springs 1996-98, DeWitt
1999-present
• Career record: 143-52 overall, 136-32 at DeWitt
• Full-time job: DeWitt High social studies and
physical education teacher
• Assistant coaches: Kyle Haskell, Tim Williams, Tyler Thelen, Phil Wilson, Michael Schanski,
Justin Braska, Jimmy Williams

13

ROSTER
NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
2 Jake Johnson ............................................QB/DB...jr.*
3 Ben Zamiara ............................................WR/DB...jr.*
4 Adam McCarthy .......................................WR/DB sr.+
5 Zach Deak ..................................................RB/LB...sr.*
6 Jack Mahoney .............................................RB/LB...sr.
7 Nate Trevino ...........................................WR/DB...sr.*
8 Jacob Heath ...............................................QB/DB...sr.
9 Brad Grost ...................................................TE/LB...jr.+
10 John-Michael Moody ...............................TE/LB...sr.
11 Josh Borta ..............................................WR/DB...sr.+
12 Wesley England .......................................WR/LB...jr.
14 Ray Stein ...................................................TE/LB...sr.+
16 Austin Melton .......................................WR/DB...so.
18 Kyle VanAmburg ....................................WR/DB...jr.
19 Andrew Fore ............................................WR/DB...jr.
22 Benjamin Lippert ...................................WR/DB...jr.
24 Michael Roberson ...............................WR/DB...jr.+
28 Chris Ruby ...............................................RB/DB...sr.*
30 Dominick Cook .......................................WR/DB...jr.
31 John Lippert ............................................RB/DB...sr.*
34 Cameron West ................................................K...sr.*
35 Ben Heinritz .............................................RB/LB...jr.+
40 Steven Schott ............................................TE/DL...sr.
50 Joshua Villegas-Murphy ......................OL/DL...jr.*
51 Josh Hanna ................................................OL/DL jr.+
53 Connor Grice ...........................................OL/LB...jr.*
54 Tyler Madar .............................................OL/DL...sr.*
59 Nick Hunnicutt .......................................OL/DL...jr.+
60 Zachary Ozbun .........................................OL/DL...sr.
62 Branden Martinez .................................OL/DL...so.
64 Andrew Braska ......................................OL/DL...sr.*
66 Lear Brougher ........................................OL/DL...jr.*
68 Ethan Simmer ...........................................OL/DL...jr.
71 Oscar Gonzalez .........................................OL/DL...sr.
72 Jacob Wozniewski .................................OL/DL...jr.*
73 Adam Spitzley ...........................................OL/DL...jr.
74 Troy England .............................................OL/DL...sr.
77 Chris Bukoski ..........................................OL/DL...sr.*
81 Justice Shankel .....................................WR/DB...sr.*
82 James Upshaw ........................................WR/DB...sr.
84 Mason Bennett .....................................WR/LB...jr.+
85 JaDante Brown .........................................TE/DL...jr.
99 Cam Cleminson ......................................OL/DL...sr.*
* returning starters (9 on offense, 8 on defense)
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Fowlerville Gladiators

LAST YEAR

ROSTER

0-5 in CAAC Red (sixth
place), 1-8 overall

Mason Litz
(22) and
Trevor Webb
(11) celebrate
after a big
play against
Williamston
last season.
Litz is one of
seven
returning
starters this
season.
LIVINGSTON DAILY
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FOURCAST

NOWHERE TO GO BUT UP
It’s been a rough two seasons for
Brett Shrader since he took over
at Fowlerville, as his team is just
3-15. This is a school that has
shown it can have success,
though, as under former coach
Jack Wallace it made the postseason 15 times from 1993-2010.
Focus on team unity and fundamentals are how Fowlerville plans
to get back to where it once was.

FINISHING GAMES
The Gladiators were 1-8 last season but lost five those games by
seven points or less. It shows that
with a few breaks and key plays
at the right times, Fowlerville had
the talent to make a run at the
postseason. Making those breaks
happen and coming through at
key moments is a focus for the
2013 squad.

August 28, 2013

SCHEDULE
Thu. 8/29 ........................................................DEXTER
Fri. 9/6 ................................................at Williamston
Fri. 9/13 .....................................................*at DeWitt
Fri. 9/20 ....................................................*ST. JOHNS
Fri. 9/27 ............................................................*IONIA
Fri. 10/4 ....................................................*at Owosso
Fri. 10/11 .....................................................*HASLETT
Fri. 10/18 ...................................................at Corunna
Fri. 10/25 ...................................................at Waverly

STARTING UP FRONT
While LSJ male athlete of the year
Adam Coon has graduated, the
Gladiators still boast some size up
front. Senior tackle Wyatt Elzerman checks in at 6-foot-5, 300
pounds, while senior center Matt
Inman is 6-foot, 275 pounds. They
should make plenty of holes for
junior tailback Mason Litz.

COACH
BRET SHRADER
• Age: 38
• Playing experience:
Fowlerville 1991-93
• Coaching experience:
Fowlerville 2011-present
• Career record: 3-15
• Full-time job: Fowlerville
High math teacher
• Assistant coaches: Jeff Ruttman, Scott
Hays, Gary Schultheis, Brandon Dunn, Jim
Lard, Cliff Soli, Gary Copeland, Gary Dillard,
Mike Hanna, John Donahue, Brad Shrader

FRESH FACES
After being a senior-heavy team
in 2012, the Gladiators return just
seven starters in 2013. With Litz as
one of those returnees, expect
this team to pound the ball behind its big offensive line. Litz is
also a force on the defensive side,
where he and Jake Kollek team
up to make a strong duo in the
back seven.
— David Cassilo

NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
2 Tucker Gibbons ................................... WR/DB...jr.
3 Colin Callahan ..................................... WR/DB...jr.
4 Jason Ludwig .................................... WR/DB...sr.*
5 Mitch Limonoff................................... WR/DB...sr.
6 McKinzie Edwards.............................. WR/DB...jr.
7 Jake Kollek .......................................... RB/DB...sr.*
8 Austin Harvey....................................... QB/DB...sr.
9 Cameron Bronikowski ................... WR/DB ...jr.+
10 Derrick Duke......................................... RB/LB...jr.
11 Ryan Holcomb.................................... WR/DB...jr.
12 John Cavender .................................. WR/DB...sr.
14 Brody Shrader..................................... QB/DB...jr.
15 Jake Shroyer .................................... WR/DE...sr.+
18 David McDougall .............................. WR/DB...jr.
20 Travis Tolbert .................................... RB/LB ...sr.*
22 Mason Litz ....................................... QB/DB ...jr.*
23 Ben Judd ............................................. WR/DE...jr.
24 Zach Wietecha ................................ RB/DB ...sr.+
25 Austin Pilachowski.............................. RB/LB...jr.
30 Court Langham................................. WR/DE...sr.
32 Jordan Klebba ............................... WR/DE ...sr.+
35 Ryan Killen ......................................... WR/DB...jr.
44 Nick Gullett........................................ OL/LB...jr.+
50 Garreht Wrenn ................................... OL/DL...jr.
51 Brandon Hoskins ............................. OL/DL ...jr.+
52 Matt Inman ....................................... OL/DL...sr.*
54 Servando Garcia................................. OL/DL...sr.
55 Jeff Mathews ....................................... OL/LB...jr.
56 Seth Sherman ..................................... OL/DL...sr.
57 Logan Peckens.................................... OL/DL...sr.
59 Joe Mayle ...................................................... …so.
62 Brendan Bowers ................................. OL/DL...jr.
63 Justin Lard............................................ OL/DL...sr.
72 Wyatt Elzerman ............................... OL/DL...sr.*
74 Mike LaGrow ...................................... OL/DL...sr.
75 Ben Kitchen ......................................... OL/DL...jr.
76 Kyle Moulton...................................... OL/DL...sr.
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Haslett Vikings

3-2 in CAAC Red (second place), 4-5 overall

FOURCAST

RILED UP
After playing in the shadow of Conor
Brewer last season, senior Graham Riley
will be the go-to back for the Vikings this
season. An all-league selection last year,
Riley figures to be the focal point of the
offense. He won’t be the only one to get
carries, though. Seniors Cody Bosma and
Billy Haskins, along with junior Trace
Woodworth, figure to get their share of
touches.
ON THE LINE
Although the team lost standout linemen
Sam Rathbun and Derek Smith, there will
still be a formidable crew up front. Allleague selections Connor Wilson and
Griffin Fox will be leading the way in the
trenches. There’s a reason this team has
been so effective at running the ball in
recent years, and it all starts with the big
bodies up front.
RISE TO THE OCCASION
Perhaps the biggest issue for Haslett last
season was getting defensive stops when
it mattered. The Vikings gave up at least
20 points in all but one game. The team is
specifically looking for its defensive backs
to step up this year, since senior Jacob
Taylor is the only returning starter on the
unit. Sophomores Brandon Allen and Jake
Tahaney figure to get a chance to lock
down bigger roles.
SUPPORT SYSTEM
The Vikings are known for their running
game, but the team could become a
greater threat if it can find a quarterback
to keep the defense guessing. Senior Bryce
Dickman will get his shot at leading the
team. Although there are no wide receivers listed on the roster, Dickman’s ability to
run and find his tight ends and running
backs out of the backfield will be key for
Haslett.

SCHEDULE

LAST YEAR

15

Thu. 8/29 ......................................... at East Lansing
Fri. 9/6 ......................................................... EASTERN
Fri. 9/13 ................................................. *at St. Johns
Fri. 9/20 .................................................... *OWOSSO
Fri. 9/27 ....................................................... *DEWITT
Fri. 10/4 ........................................................ *at Ionia
Fri. 10/11 ........................................... *at Fowlerville
Fri. 10/18 ........................................... at Williamston
Fri. 10/25 ..................................................... CHELSEA

ROSTER
NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR

1 Lee Mott ...................................................... RB/DB...jr.
2 Jake Tahaney ......................................... QB/DB...so.+
3 Austin Birt ................................................... TE/DL...sr.
4 Cody Bosma .............................................. TE/LB...sr.*
5 Brandon Allen ....................................... RB/DB...so.+
6 Ryan Brown ............................................. TE/DL...so.+
9 Trace Woodworth ................................... RB/LB...jr.*
10 Tyler Mehigh ............................................ RB/DB...sr.
11 Alec Dunckel ........................................... TE/DB...jr.+
13 Jacob Taylor ............................................ TE/DB...sr.*
15 James Booth ............................................. RB/LB...sr.
17 Tyler Winston ........................................... RB/DB...jr.
19 Bryce Dickman ...................................... QB/DB...jr.*
20 Graham Riley ........................................ RB/DB...sr.*
22 Tyler Gardner ........................................... RB/DB...jr.
23 Hunter Ruhstorfer ............................... QB/DB...so.
25 Travis Tahaney ......................................... RB/DB...sr.
27 Alex Radecki ............................................. RB/LB...jr.
32 Billy Haskins ........................................... RB/DB...jr.+
52 Josh Palmer .............................................. OL/DL...sr.
53 Zach Gilley ................................................ OL/DL...jr.
54 Adam Ball ................................................. OL/LB...sr.
55 Griffin Fox ............................................... OL/LB...sr.*
56 Kaelen Hughes ......................................... OL/LB...jr.
57 Alec Beatty ................................................ OL/LB...jr.
59 Blake Roe .............................................. OL/DL...so.*
60 Chris Lenon .............................................. OL/DL...sr.
62 Connor Wilson ...................................... OL/DL...sr.*
64 Rob Boughton ..................................... OL/DL...so.+
65 Zach Green ............................................ OL/DL...sr.+
72 Darrin Bath ............................................ OL/DL...jr.+
75 Cal Emmer ............................................. OL/DL...sr.+
74 Marcus Wright ......................................... OL/DL...jr.
77 Bret Harris ................................................. OL/DL...jr.
79 Jeff Pointkowski ................................... OL/DL...sr.+
80 Luke Keener ............................................ TE/LB...jr.+
* returning starters (4 on offense, 5 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

Haslett's Graham Riley (20) rumbles for a long gain as DeWitt's Anthony Anderson chases.
The rivals meet again on Sept. 27 at Haslett. LSJ FILE

COACH
CHARLIE OTLEWSKI
• Age: 47
• Playing experience: Cheboygan 1980-83, Adrian College
1984-88
• Coaching experience: Central Michigan U. graduate
assistant 1988-1990, St. Ignace
1990-93, Haslett 1994-present
• Career record: 171-74
• Full-time job: Haslett High U.S. history and
weight training teacher
• Assistant coaches: Jeff Woodworth, Nick
Hamilton, Todd Bartley, Nick Schaibly and
Matt Berning

— David Cassilo

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LAST YEAR

1-4 in CAAC Red (fifth
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SCHEDULE
Thu. 8/29 ...........................................................ALMA
Fri. 9/6 ...................at Brooklyn Columbia Central
Fri. 9/13 ......................................................*OWOSSO
Fri. 9/20 ........................................................*DEWITT
Fri. 9/27 .............................................*at Fowlerville
Fri. 10/4 .......................................................*HASLETT
Fri. 10/11 .................................................*at St. Johns
Fri. 10/18 .........................................................at Leslie
Fri. 10/25 ......................at Lake Odessa Lakewood

COACH
MIKE HOLES
• Age: 32
• Playing experience: Indian River Inland Lakes 1995-98,
Alma College 1999-2003
• Coaching experience:
Ionia 2011-present
• Career record: 5-13
• Full-time job: Ionia High physical education teacher
• Assistant coaches: Jason Griffith, Brad
Starks, Jim Batista, Andy Barr, Andy Nobis,
Mike Walczak, Bryant Claycomb, Corey Haskins, Eric Cameron, Scott Shattuck

ROSTER

Ionia’s J.D. Zammaron (12) closes in on Owosso running back Brad Rigoulot during their game last season. The Bulldogs have 15
returning starters — eight on offense and seven on defense. LSJ FILE

August 28, 2013

FOURCAST

VETERAN LINEUP
After a six-year run of losing seasons, the Bulldogs have
experience on both sides of the ball. The four returning
starters on offense and three on defense took their
lumps last year as sophomores on the varsity, and Ionia
had its best season since 2008. Running back Kyle Parks
and quarterback Austin Gregory earned all-league
first-team and honorable mention, respectively, after
starting all nine games as sophomores.
BULLDOGS IN THE TRENCHES
Both sides of the line should be a strength for Ionia. Left
tackle Jon Klumpp and left guard Eric Spohr are both
three-year starters at their positions, with Klumpp also
starting for three seasons on the D-line.
ATTENTION TO DETAIL
Coach Mike Holes hopes that improved technique will
lead to more wins this year. “Our mistakes last season
simply came down to basic fundamentals,” he said.
BACK ON TRACK?
After a string of five straight playoff appearances from
2002-06, Ionia has not had a winning season since. The
Bulldogs should look upon getting back to the postseason as an attainable goal.
— Scott Yoshonis

Several
members of
the Ionia
defense,
including
linebacker Eric
Spohr, bring
down Brad
Rigoulot of
Owosso during
their game last
season. LSJ FILE

NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
2 Collin Prominski ..................................WR/DB...sr.
5 Bailey Mitchell ....................................WR/DB...sr.
6 Charlie Powell .....................................WR/DB...jr.
7 Brendan Bledsoe .................................WR/DB...jr.
8 Tyler Dombrowski ......................................DB...jr.
9 Austin Gregory .....................................QB/DB...jr.
10 John McCord ....................................WR/DB...so.
12 J.D. Zammaron ..........................................LB...sr.
14 Joey Rushford ....................................WR/DB...sr.
21 Dustin Lehman ......................................H/LB...sr.
22 Kollin Leonard ..................................WR/DB...jr.
24 Brian Wiles .........................................WR/DB...jr.
32 Ben Pline ...............................................RB/LB...jr.
34 Christian Duell .............................................K...jr.
43 Isiaah Hodges ......................................LB/HB...jr.
44 Kyle Parks .............................................RB/DL...jr.
52 Deshawn Atkinson ...................................DL...jr.
53 Colton Barna .......................................OL/DL...jr.
55 David Loveless .....................................OL/LB...sr.
56 Jon Klumpp ..........................................OL/DL...jr.
58 Caleb Spohn ........................................OL/DL...jr.
60 Dillon Biella ........................................OL/DL...so.
63 Brenton Montague ............................OL/DL...jr.
64 Eric Spohr .............................................OL/LB...sr.
66 Doug Henry ..........................................OL/LB...jr.
68 Jordan King .........................................OL/DL...jr.
71 Jose Esquivel ...............................................DL...jr.
72 Brock Harris .........................................OL/DL...jr.
75 Mason Eldridge ..................................OL/DL...sr.
81 Denny Schmitz ....................................RB/DB...sr.
* returning starters
(8 on offense, 7 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

Owosso Trojans

LAST YEAR

3-2 in CAAC Red (second place), 7-4 overall

Owosso wide receiver Gavin Barnes (14) pulls in a pass between two St. Johns defenders in their playoff game last season. LSJ FILE

FOURCAST

HOME SWEET HOME?
It’s not exactly an ideal home slate
this season for Owosso. The team
has two major tests against DeWitt and Portland. But ask any
head coach, and they’ll tell you
they would rather play these
games home than away. If Owosso can split or win both, the team
should be sitting pretty for a
playoff appearance.

BACK FOR MORE
The focal point for Owosso should
be senior Brody Edington. As the
tailback last season, Edington
picked up 616 yards and 11 touchdowns. He’ll also return as a
starter at cornerback. He won’t
have to look too far in either
place to see senior Scott Herron.
A standout at safety last year,
Herron will also be playing quarterback in 2013.

ROSTER

OUT FOR REVENGE
Two of the four losses for the
Trojans last season came at the
hands of St. Johns. The second of
those was a 21-13 defeat that
ended Owosso’s season.The two
teams’ will meet this season on
Sept. 27 in St. Johns. However, if
both teams play well again, there
might be yet another postseason
battle on the horizon.

STABLE PRESENCE
Tom Harkema is entering his
fourth season in his second tenure
with Owosso after being gone for
12 years. His presence on the
sidelines and continuity for the
program has led to much-needed
stability. Harkema’s system is fully
in place now, and Owosso is
perennially in the hunt for a
playoff berth.

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NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
11 Jalen Weekley .......................................QB/C...jr.
12 Ty Fuller ..............................................WR/C...sr.+
14 Cody Bowles .........................................WR/C...sr.
15 Scott Herron ........................................QB/S...sr.*
16 Shaun LePain ........................................FB/LB...jr.
20 Andrew Ager .......................................TB/LB...jr.
21 Emett Alman .....................................TE/DE...sr.*
24 Brody Edington ..................................TB/C...sr.*
25 Alex MacKenzie ..................................FB/LB...jr.
26 Bryce McOwen ................................TB/DE...sr.+
28 Josh Pouillon .....................................FB/LB...sr.*
32 Gavin Barnes ....................................WR/LB...jr.*
33 Colten Simmons ..................................WR/C...jr.
36 Jon Skjaerlund ....................................TE/DE...jr.
40 Austin Ager ..........................................TB/LB...jr.
42 Devin Palmer .......................................TE/DE...jr.
50 Gabe Newman ...................................C/LB...sr.+
52 Richie McNamara .................................C/DT...jr.
60 T.J. Anderson .........................................T/DT...sr.
63 Parker Thornton .................................G/NG...jr.
64 Zach Reed ..............................................G/DT...jr.
65 Brett Hanifan ......................................G/LB...sr.+
66 Nick Zwolensky .....................................T/DT...sr.
68 Bruce Terry ...........................................T/DT...sr.+
74 Parker Snarey .........................................T/DT...jr.
75 Tyler Waterman ..................................T/DT...jr.+
76 Nate Richmond ....................................T/NG...sr.
77 Matt Doherty .....................................G/DT...sr.*
78 Zach Roberts ..........................................T/DT...jr.
80 Grant Drake .........................................WR/C...jr.
81 Dylan Brooks .........................................WR/S...jr.
82 Skyler Orrison .......................................WR/S...jr.
* returning starters (3 on offense,
4 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

— David Cassilo

COACH

Thu. 8/29 ...................................................CORUNNA
Fri. 9/6 ......................................................PORTLAND
Fri. 9/13 .........................................................*at Ionia
Fri. 9/20 .....................................................*at Haslett
Fri. 9/27 ..................................................*at St. Johns
Fri. 10/4 .............................................*FOWLERVILLE
Fri. 10/11 .......................................................*DEWITT
Fri. 10/18 .................................................at Charlotte
Fri. 10/25 ..........................................at Eaton Rapids

TOM HARKEMA
• Age: 56
• Playing experience:
Owosso 1973, Grand Valley
State U. 1975-76
• Coaching experience:
Dexter 1980, Owosso 1988-98
and 2010-present
• Career record: 65-72
• Full-time job: Owosso High math and
physical education teacher
• Assistant coaches: Brian Zalud, Bryan
Carpenter, Gunnar Edington, Aaron Gillett,
Parker Brown, Tim Hanifan, Joe Guyski, and
Bert Edington

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St. Johns Redwings

3-2 in CAAC Red (second place), 8-4 overall

FOURCAST

NEW FACES
The Redwings have just three returners on offense and even fewer on defense, bringing back
just one player on that side of the ball. A lack of
depth at the skill positions could become an issue
if there are injuries. St. Johns made it all the way
to the Division 3 regional finals last year and came
within one kick of moving on to the semifinals. It
will be up to a mostly new cast of players to step
into leading roles.
THE WORKHORSE
T.J. Havens was both Class A all-area and all-CAAC
Red last year at running back after rushing for
1,038 yards. He’s a smaller runner at just 160
pounds, but will go in between the tackles for the
tough yards while also possessing the speed to
get to the outside. He will obviously be relied on
heavily with how little experience there is to start
the season. Havens did a solid job replacing former standout running back Andrew Mullikin and
it will be interesting to see how he follows up a
breakout season in 2012.
LINE CONCERNS
Havens should be one of the area’s better runners
this season if an inexperienced offensive line
holds together. Guard Dan Walsh is the lone
returner up front after an all-conference campaign last season. It’s a polar opposite of last year
for the Redwings. They entered the fall returning
three offensive linemen, including center Alex
Dominguez, eventual all-area tackle Josh Rademacher and eventual all-area honorable mention
guard Blake Cooper.
DEFENSIVE SHORTCOMINGS
The Redwings will be small on defense, but coach
Dave Mariage hopes the unit can make up for
that with quickness. They’ve lost all-area defensive linemen Kris Lindquist and members of what
was a good secondary. Four seniors will be looked
upon to step up — defensive end Cory Fedewa,
defensive back Mark Bozzo and a pair of linebackers in Kody Stockwell and Cayden DeBois. St.
Johns allowed 18 points per game last season
after giving up more than 25 per game in 2011.

Returning senior running back T.J. Havens, shown here eluding a DeWitt defender,
rushed for 1,038 yards last season. LSJ FILE

COACH

SCHEDULE
Thu. 8/29 .......................................CHARLOTTE
Fri. 9/6 ............................................at Dearborn
Fri. 9/13 ..............................................*HASLETT
Fri. 9/20 .....................................*at Fowlerville
Fri. 9/27 .............................................*OWOSSO
Fri. 10/4 .............................................*at DeWitt
Fri. 10/11 ..................................................*IONIA
Fri. 10/18 ...........................BAY CITY CENTRAL
Fri. 10/25 .........................................at Goodrich

— Denny Schwarze

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• Age: 50
• Playing experience: East
Lansing 1979-80, Albion
College 1981-84
• Coaching experience:
Springport 1994-96, St. Johns
2000-present
• Career record: 100-64
• Full-time job: St. Johns High social studies
teacher
• Assistant coaches: John Archambault,
Ryan Lindquist, Jake Parker, Mark Burnash,
Rick LaBar, Matt Woodhams, Mike Maloney,
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NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
2 Kalvin Butts ............................................QB/LB...sr.
3 Cayden DeBois .......................................TE/LB...sr.
4 Kody Stockwell ......................................FB/LB...sr.
5 Anthen Ruhf ..........................................RB/DB...jr.
7 Seth Kerby ...............................................SE/DB...jr.
10 Brock LaBar ...................................................K...sr.
11 Josh Goss ...............................................RB/DB...jr.
12 Grant Worthington ............................SE/DB...sr.
15 Lane Porter ...........................................QB/LB...jr.
17 T.J. Havens ............................................FB/DB...sr.
21 Shane Boutwell ...................................RB/DB...jr.
22 Cory Fedewa ........................................RB/DL...sr.
23 Nic Niznak .............................................SE/DB...jr.
25 Mark Bozzo ..........................................SE/DB...sr.
30 Dakota Fike ..........................................FB/DL...sr.
31 Chandler Graham ...............................SE/DB...jr.
32 Brenden Harless .................................RB/DB...jr.
33 Angus Arthur .......................................RB/LB...jr.
34 Alejandro Guajardo ...........................FB/DB...jr.
41 Tony Motz .....................................................K...sr.
51 Adam Young ..........................................C/DL...sr.
52 Mike Moore ........................................OG/DL...jr.
53 Chris Wells ...............................................C/DL...jr.
55 Jake Gnegy .........................................OT/DL...so.
56 Nic Sturgis ............................................OG/LB...jr.
57 Dan Walsh ...........................................OG/LB...sr.
58 Andrew Elsea .....................................OG/DL...jr.
60 Nate Boak ...........................................OG/DL...sr.
61 Nick Hallenbeck ..................................OT/DL...sr.
62 Josh Theis .............................................OG/LB...jr.
63 Cole Williams ......................................OG/DL...jr.
72 Justin Hallead ......................................OT/DL...jr.
75 Brooks Grachek ..................................OT/DL...jr.
77 Hayden Simmer ..................................OT/DL...jr.
80 Charlie Kebler ......................................TE/DL...sr.
88 Austin Ervin ...........................................TE/LB...jr.
* returning starters (3 on offense,
1 on defense)
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LAST YEAR

5-1 in CAAC Gold (second place), 6-4 overall

SCHEDULE
Thu. 8/29 .................................................at St. Johns
Fri. 9/6 .........*at Parma Jackson County Western
Fri. 9/13 ..........................................*at Eaton Rapids
Fri. 9/20 ......................*JACKSON LUMEN CHRISTI
Fri. 9/27 ........................................................*MASON
Fri. 10/4 ...................................................*at Waverly
Fri. 10/11 ..........................*JACKSON NORTHWEST
Fri. 10/18 ......................................................OWOSSO
Fri. 10/25 ......................................................at Adrian

FOURCAST

Alec Kushion, a returning senior wide receiver for Charlotte, catches a touchdown pass
against Portland last season. LSJ FILE

COACH
JEFF FINNEY
• Age: 26
• Playing experience:
Charlotte
• Coaching experience:
First year as coach
• Career record: 0-0
• Full-time job: Relevant Academy of Eaton
County teacher
• Assistant coaches: Tom Sneckenberg,
Jason Bushong, Jimmy Biggs, Aubrey Parrish,
Mitch McLintock, Richard Rodriguez, Tony
Rodriguez

EXPERIENCE ON THE LINE
Charlotte’s offensive line will be a strength this
year, where juniors Shane Goodrich and Chad
McLintock have been starters since they were
freshmen. Both earned all-league honors as
sophomores. Senior tight end Zach Telfor will
also be a third-year starter.
SPEED KILLS
New head coach Jeff Finney said that he likes
his team speed. Latrell Levanduski and Alec
Kushion both earned all-league honors at WR
last year, and Levanduski will switch to RB.
SEAMLESS TRANSITION AT QB
Senior Alex Stenburg will replace graduated
three-year starter Ryan Bartolacci at QB but
gained valuable experience last year, when he
was thrown into the fire due to an injury that
sidelined Bartolacci for four games.
ROAD WARRIORS
Charlotte starts its season with three road
games — at St. Johns, at Parma Western and
at Eaton Rapids. Winning two of those three is
not an unreasonable goal and would set the
Orioles up nicely for what comes after —four
out of five at home. Getting off to a good
start has been a problem in recent years, with
just one win in the past 12 season openers.

ROSTER

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NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
2 Donnie Prudden .........................................CB...sr.
3 Alec Kushion .....................................WR/DB...sr.*
4 Chase Challenger ...................................RB/LB...+
5 Jake Kossa ....................................................QB...jr.
8 Alex Stenberg ...........................................QB...sr.*
10 Cameron Lake ...........................................QB...sr.
11 Colten Walser .....................................RB/LB...sr.*
12 Robert Miller .......................................RB/DB...sr.
15 James Silvers .......................................WR/CB...sr.
16 Joey Ghiardi ........................................WR/CB...jr.
20 Jacob Gravina .................................WR/DB...sr.*
21 Tyler Davis ..............................................WR/CB jr
23 Damon Bartlett ....................................WR/LB jr.
24 Latrell Levanduski ...........................RB/DB...sr.*
28 Kyle Davids ..........................................RB/DB...jr.
34 David Darnell .............................................LB...jr.
44 Andrew Lula .......................................TE/LB...so.
45 Zach Telfor .........................................RB/LB...sr.*
48 Ben Vigel ...............................................TE/LB...jr.
50 Zach Case ..............................................OL/LB...jr.
51 Nic Parr OL/ ...............................................DL...sr.+
52 Chad McLintock ...............................OL/DL...sr.*
54 Shane Goodrich ...............................OL/DL...sr.*
55 Jonathan McCurdy .............................DE/TE...jr.
65 Andrew Burdick .............................OL/DL...so.*
67 Carson Campbell ................................OL/DL...jr.
71 Stephen Jones ...................................OL/DL...jr.+
72 Austin Smith .....................................OL/DL...sr.+
73 Geoffrey Emery ...................................OL/DL...jr.
75 Jacob Valenzuela ...............................OL/DL...sr.
77 Ezekial Pallis ...........................................OL/DL jr
78 Adam Fisher ......................................OL/DL...jr.*
79 Levi Cherry ...........................................OL/DL...jr.
Brandon Johnson ....................................................jr.
Patrick Doty ..............................................................jr.
* returning starters (7 offense, 5 on defense)
+ other contributors (see LSJ.com for more)

— Scott Yoshonis

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yardage against Portland last season. LSJ FILE

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LAST YEAR

1-5 in CAAC Gold (fifth
place), 1-8 overall

SCHEDULE
Thu. 8/29 .......................................................at Leslie
Fri. 9/6 ..........................................................*MASON
Fri. 9/13 ................................................*CHARLOTTE
Fri. 9/20 ..............................*at Jackson Northwest
Fri. 9/27 ...................................................*at Waverly
Fri. 10/4 *PARMA JACKSON COUNTY WESTERN
Fri. 10/11 ..........................................................at Holly
Sat. 10/19 ......................*at Jackson Lumen Christi
Fri. 10/25 ......................................................OWOSSO

ROSTER
NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR

Eaton
Rapids
quarterback
Jared
McDaniel
runs the ball
against
Mason.
McDaniel
threw for
1,656 yards
and 15
touchdowns
last season
as a
sophomore.
LSJ FILE

FOURCAST

COACHING CAROUSEL
Eaton Rapids will take the field
with its fourth head coach in
the past three seasons. Mike
Smith replaces longtime assistant Craig Benton, who took
over late in last year’s offseason due to the death of
newly hired Norm Moran.
Smith led Holt to five league
titles in 14 seasons as the Rams
head coach.

ALL NEW LINE
The Greyhounds will have an
all-new offensive front after
graduating all five starters
from last year’s squad. The
two biggest players on this
year’s roster are sophomore
Alec Boomer (5-11, 275 punds)
and juniors Jared Knight (5-8,
270) and Robert Cooper (6-0,
260).

FLYING HOUNDS
Eaton Rapids’ passing game
should be one of its strengths,
with returning QB Jared
McDaniel and WRs James
Cruz and Kyle Sawyer. McDaniel’s total of 1,656 passing
yards was third-best in the
area last season, and Cruz and
Sawyer combined for 12 of
McDaniels’ 15 TD passes.

BACK TO THE FUTURE
The last year that Eaton Rapids had a winning
record in football was 1993, which was also
the last year that Mike Smith was the head
coach of the Greyhounds. Smith insists ER,
which has never played a playoff game, will
show dramatic improvement in the short
term. “We know that there are going to be
some hiccups, but I would be very disappointed if we didn’t make the playoffs, seriously,”
Smith said.
— Scott Yoshonis

4 Chris Fillwock ...............................................RB/LB...jr.
5 Jaedin Sklapsky ...........................................RB/LB...jr.
6 Sheldon Holmes ..........................................TE/DL...jr.
7 Jared McDaniel ..........................................QB/DB...jr.
8 James Cruz .................................................WR/DB...jr.
10 Jacob Stewart .........................................WR/DB...sr.
11 Sam Masteller ....................................................K...sr.
12 Lane McVicker .........................................RB/DB...so.
14 Andy Webb .................................................RB/LB...jr.
15 Cole Bailey .................................................RB/DB...jr.
16 Kyle Sawyer .............................................WR/DB...sr.
17 Jacob Stoll ...................................................RB/LB...jr.
22 Blaine Milheim .......................................WR/DB...jr.
23 Wyatt Satterelli ........................................RB/DL...jr.
25 Dalton Gibson ...........................................RB/LB...sr.
27 Andrew Reynolds .....................................TE/LB...sr.
32 Reese Waters ..........................................WR/DB...sr.
33 Kolton Kares ..............................................RB/LB...sr.
40 Caleb Norris ...............................................OL/DL...jr.
50 Jared Carter ..............................................OL/DL...sr.
51 Alec Boomer ............................................OL/DL...so.
55 Robert Cooper ..........................................OL/DL...jr.
57 Dylan Harris ..............................................OL/DL...sr.
60 Clayton Higlemire ..................................OL/DL...so.
62 Joe Charles .................................................OL/DL...jr.
70 Mark Halstead ..........................................OL/DL...jr.
72 Scott Bradford ..........................................OL/DL...sr.
74 Zachery Dornbos ......................................OL/DL...jr.
77 Nate Stoll ...................................................OL/DL...sr.
79 Jared Knight ..............................................OL/DL...jr.
80 Brad Mowatt ...........................................WR/DB...jr.
85 Loren Wright ...........................................WR/DB...jr.
* returning starters (not available from coach)
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• Age: 60
• Playing experience:
Detroit Denby 1969-71, Michigan State 1971-75
• Coaching experience:
Dansville 1989-92, Eaton
Rapids 1993, Holt 1994-2007
• Career record: 133-57
• Full-time job: Eaton Rapids High at-risk
advisor
• Assistant coaches: Mitch Zajac, Eric Brantley, Zach Hannon

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LAST YEAR

CONTEST AT QB
Mason went into preseason practice without
knowing who its starting quarterback would
be. Senior Nathan Jones and sophomore
Jarrett VanHavel both played last year and
shared reps in the first part of this season’s
preparations.
PUTTING THE FOOT IN FOOTBALL
The Bulldogs have depth at the kicking position, quite a luxury at this level. Senior incumbent Josh Flamme, also the starting goalkeeper on Mason’s soccer team, has been one
of the top kickers in the area for the past three
seasons. But Flamme has a bit of competition
this year in junior lineman Riley Roush. Van
Havel said that Flamme will be the starter, but
that Roush can step right in if Flamme’s soccer
obligations conflict. Roush also may frequently
handle punting or kickoffs.

SECONDARY A STRENGTH
Mason’s defensive backfield should be a
strong point with three returning starters —
Jones and Hunter Holbrook at safety and
Marshal Hyden at cornerback. Holbrook is a
sophomore who won that job last season as a
freshman.
LIVING UP TO THE NAME
Van Havel said that his players need to be,
well, Bulldogs in order to succeed. “We have
great kids, great teammates, quality kids, we
just have to turn them into good football
players,” he said. “You have to be a little
ornery (to play football), and we’re not that
ornery yet.”
— Scott Yoshonis

COACH

Thu. 8/29 ..................................................at Okemos
Fri. 9/6 ............................................*at Eaton Rapids
Fri. 9/13 ...........................*JACKSON NORTHWEST
Fri. 9/20 .............................TOLEDO (OHIO) SCOTT
Fri. 9/27 ................................................*at Charlotte
Fri. 10/4 ......................*JACKSON LUMEN CHRISTI
Fri. 10/11 .....*at Parma Jackson County Western
Fri. 10/18 ...................................................*WAVERLY
Fri. 10/25 ...........................................at Coopersville

JERRY VANHAVEL
• Age: 48
• Playing experience: Morenci 1979-82, U. of Toledo
1983-84, Hillsdale College
1985-87
• Coaching experience:
Mason 1991-present
• Career record: 138-75
• Full-time job: Mason Middle School English
and physical education teacher
• Assistant coaches: Steve Shuptar, Ted
Main, Andy Vondra, Dan Price

Senior quarterback Nathan Jones (2) has
shared first-string reps in practice with
sophomore Jarrett VanHavel. LSJ FILE

2 Nathan Jones ........................................QB/DB...sr.*
5 Harrison Kinney ......................................WR/LB...jr.
6 Hunter Holbrook .................................TB/DB...so.*
7 Jake Scavarda ..........................................FB/DT...jr.*
8 Adam Houghton ...................................WR/DB...sr.
9 Zach Scott ................................................WR/DB...sr.
10 Josh Flamme .................................................K/P...sr.
12 Jesse Grant ..............................................TE/DE...sr.
14 Jarrett VanHavel ................................QB/LB...so.*
16 Nick Vondra .........................................WR/DB...so.
20 Jacob Stid .................................................TB/LB...jr.
22 Kolby Thompson .................................WR/DB...jr.
23 Colin Popard .........................................WR/DB...jr.
26 Miles Bonaparte ..................................WR/DB...sr.
27 Seth Hyde ................................................FB/LB...sr.
34 Tony Sainz .............................................FB/LB...sr.*
39 Foster Whipple ......................................QB/LB...jr.
41 Chase Roberts ..........................................TB/LB...jr.
44 Dylan Kuch ..............................................TE/DE...jr.
49 Caleb Couchenour ................................TE/DE...jr.
50 Aaron Rustem ........................................OL/DE...jr.
52 J.J. Sharick ...............................................OL/LB...sr.
54 Cole DeKett .........................................OL/DE...sr.*
56 Jacob Joseph ..........................................OL/DT...sr.
57 Daniel Kaiser ..........................................OL/DT...jr.
58 Ethan Spitzley ........................................OL/DE...jr.
66 Stone Miller .........................................OL/DE...jr.*
67 Pete Tackaberry .....................................OL/DL...jr.
68 Albert Turkovich ...................................OL/DT...sr.
70 James Taylor ........................................OL/DT...sr.*
73 Dan Kennihan ......................................OL/DT...so.
74 Easton Vogel ..........................................OL/DT...jr.
75 Riley Roush .......................................OL/DL/K/P...jr.
76 Derek McClung ......................................OL/DT...jr.
77 Nick Hudgins ..........................................OL/DT...sr.
80 Preston Tickner ....................................WR/DB...jr.
81 Marshal Hyden ..................................WR/DB...sr.*
83 Dominic Bongiorni ................................TE/LB...jr.
88 Christian Smith ....................................WR/DB...jr.
90 Hunter Erickson ..................................WR/DB...sr.
99 Patrick Long .........................................WR/DB...sr.
* returning starters (6 on offense, 7 on defense)
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3-3 in CAAC Gold (fourth
place), 5-4 overall
NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR

Mason running
back Hunter
Holbrook picks
up a first down
late in a game
against
Okemos.
Holbrook is a
returning
starter on
defense after
earning a
starting job at
safety last
season as a
freshman. LSJ FILE

FOURCAST

ROSTER

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Waverly Warriors

LAST YEAR

4-2 in CAAC Gold (third
place), 6-4 overall

ROSTER
NO. NAME .....................POSITION...YEAR

1 Manny Kirkland ..............................................DB…sr.*
2 Kevin Kirkland ...............................................WR…sr.*

3 T. Patterson ................................................................DE...sr.

Defensive
back Devyn
Manson (10)
breaks up a
pass
indended
for
Charlotte’s
Latrell
Levanduski
during their
game last
season.
Manson, a
senior, is
one of eight
returning
starters for
the
Warriors.
LSJ FILE

FOURCAST

August 28, 2013

CHASING HISTORY
Waverly’s football program has struggled to find consistent success, but may
be gaining steam. After qualifying for
the playoffs for just the third time in
2012, the Warriors are gunning for
something they have never accomplished — a third consecutive winning
season.

SENIORS IN THE
TRENCHES
The Warriors will build
from their offensive line,
including senior guards
Nick Morris (6-0, 245) and
Judah Okechukwu (6-0,
250) and senior tackle Jack
Shattuck (6-1, 260).

NO-FLY ZONE
Waverly returns its entire
secondary — senior
cornerbacks Devyn Manson and Manny Kirkland
and senior safeties Jordan
Hadley and Austin Jackson.

SCHEDULE

COACH

Thu. 8/29 ....................................................at Everett
Fri. 9/6 .................................*at Jackson Northwest
Fri. 9/13 ...........................................................SPARTA
Fri. 9/20 ......*at Parma Jackson County Western
Fri. 9/27 ...........................................*EATON RAPIDS
Fri. 10/4 ................................................*CHARLOTTE
Fri. 10/11 .....................*JACKSON LUMEN CHRISTI
Fri. 10/18 ....................................................*at Mason
Fri. 10/25 .............................................FOWLERVILLE

ANTHONY WALKER
• Age: 52
• Playing experience:
Albion High 1977-79, Olivet
College 1980
• Coaching experience:
Waverly 2012-present
• Career record: 6-4
• Assistant coaches: Pete Sherry, Don Dimick, Fred Kirkland, Brian Thompson, Daimian
Manson, Larry King and Geronimo Villarreal

SPEEDY WARRIORS
Four returning starters competed in last spring’s
Honor Roll track meet. Dartanian Cook won the
400-meter dash at the meet, and, along with
Manny Kirkland, Kevin Kirkland and Devyn
Manson, ran the 400-meter relay in the event.
— Scott Yoshonis

4 Jacob Davis ..........................................................K...sr.*
5 Talon Baylor ........................................................QB...jr.
6 Airic Boyce .......................................................QB…sr.*
7 Mike Hernandez ..............................................LB...sr.+
8 Austin Jackson .....................................................S...sr.*
9 Antonio Williams ..............................................DB...sr.
10 Devyn Manson .........................................DB/RB...sr.*
11 Kye Tackett ......................................................WR…fr.
12 Alex Archambeau ................................................S...jr.
13 Trestin Finnerty ...................................................K...jr.
14 Miguel Marin ....................................................DB...sr.
15 Nathan Hiatt .....................................................QB...sr.
17 Gene Nelson ......................................................CB...jr.
18 Junior Nelson .....................................................CB...jr.
19 Dartanian Cook ............................................WR...sr.+
20 Cameron Lee ...................................................FB...sr.+
21 D. Hayes ..............................................................CB...jr.
22 Trawick Benson .............................................DB...sr.+
23 Jordan Hadley ................................................DB...sr.*
24 Micheal Dobson ..................................................S...jr.
25 Maxwell Taborsky ......................................................S...jr.
26 Destin Jones ..............................................................RB...jr.
27 Nick Theil .....................................................................P...sr.

32 Alec Braggs .....................................................LB...sr.+
34 Micheal Royal ...................................................DB...jr.
50 Tyler Wade .........................................................DT...sr.
51 Garrett Brown .................................................LB...jr.+
52 Jorge Contreras ................................................OL...jr.
53 August Cavoskottke .....................................OL...jr.+
54 Jeremy Brownlee ......................................OL/DL...sr.
58 Zach Boyer .........................................................OL...jr.
63 Nick Morris ......................................................OL...sr.*
64 Andrew Karr ......................................................LB...sr.
65 Quinn Kelly .......................................................OL...sr.
68 Ryan Shearer ...................................................DT…so.
73 Luke Harris ..............................................................OL...so.

74 Torien Harris ...................................................OL...sr.+
75 Jack Shattuck .................................................OL...sr.*
76 Luke Harris ......................................................OL…so.
77 Josh Mullens ......................................................DT...jr.
78 Judah Okechukwu ........................................OL...sr.*
79 Diamonte Blaisdale ......................................DT...sr.+
80 Dominic Nyuon ................................................DE...jr.
82 Tyler Graft ........................................................WR...jr.
83 Thomas Moreno .............................................WR...jr.
85 Austin Edwards ..............................................DE...jr.+
88 Ben Suchecki ...................................................TE...sr.+
* returning starters (5 on offense, 3 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

Corunna Cavaliers

LAST YEAR

ROSTER

2-3 in CAAC White (fourth
place), 3-6 overall
NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR

Running back
Josh Fattal
breaks free for
extra yardage
last season.
Fattal, a senior,
is one of 14
returning
starters for the
Cavaliers. LSJ
FILE

FOURCAST

OH, BROTHER
The Myles brothers will not only
lead the way for Corunna, but
both are expected to be among
the best players in the league,.
Senior running back M.J. Myles
was a first-team all-league pick
last year and had eight rushing
touchdowns. Junior wide receiver
Mikhail Myles is a Division I prospect and had five touchdowns last
season. They help out defensively
too, as M.J. will play linebacker
and Mikhail will play cornerback.

EXPERIENCED SQUAD
The Cavaliers are full of senior
contributors. The team brings
back nine starters on offense and
five on defense. Outside of Mikhail Myles, almost everyone
playing a significant role for
Corunna will be in their final
season with the squad. Keep an
eye on senior running back Josh
Fattal and senior Frankie Ardelean, who led the team with 118
tackles in 2012.

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TOUGH START
Last year, Corunna lost its first
four games before finishing 3-2.
With four of the team’s first five
games on the road this season —
including trips to Williamston,
Lansing Catholic and Portland —
it could be another tough start
for the Cavaliers. The team is
focused on being more prepared
to start the season, and the senior
leadership should help avoid
what happened last year.

UP IN THE AIR
The way this season goes could
hinge on the performance of
senior quarterback Grant Renwick. As a junior, he ran for 735
yards, but the team is focused on
throwing more to take advantage
of the mismatches created by
Mikhail Myles. If the Cavaliers can
balance their rushing attack with
a consistent passing game, they
will become very difficult to defend.

1 Mikhail Myles .....................................WR/DB...jr.*
2 Josh Fattal ............................................RB/DB...sr.*
3 Ricky Dennis ...........................................RB/DB...jr.
5 Grant Renwick ......................................QB/S...sr.*
6 T.J. McCormick ......................................RB/DB...jr.
8 Brenden Welte ...................................RB/DE...sr.+
10 Marshall Walters ................................QB/DE...jr.
11 Stas Underwood ..................................RB/LB...jr.
15 Brent Bendall .....................................RB/LB...sr.*
20 Logan Rogers .......................................RB/S...sr.*
21 Frankie Ardelean ..............................RB/LB...sr.*
22 M.J. Myles ...........................................RB/LB...sr.*
25 Branden Park ....................................WR/DB...sr.
30 John Leis ...............................................OL/DT...sr.
39 Cody Conklin ...................................OL/NG...sr.*
42 Dustin Mason .......................................OL/LB...jr.
44 Steven Christy ......................................OL/LB...sr.
50 Chance Churchill .................................OL/DT...jr.
52 Robert Compton .............................OL/DE...sr.*
53 Josh Hanifan ........................................OL/DE...jr.
54 Bryant Freouff ....................................OL/DT...sr.
55 Brandon Greer ..................................OL/LB...jr.*
57 Tristan Betts ........................................OL/DE...sr.
60 Zane Shay .............................................OL/DT...jr.
61 Zach Beach ...........................................OL/DT...sr.
64 Gunner Mittan ...................................OL/DL...sr.
65 Justin Williams .................................OL/DE...sr.*
66 Zach Spinning ...................................OL/DE...sr.*
68 Tyler Wirth .........................................OL/DT...sr.*
70 Austin Pickens .....................................OL/DT...sr.
72 Aaron Dean .........................................OL/DT...sr.
75 Trent Dasen ..........................................OL/DT...jr.
76 Micheal Oaks .......................................OL/DT...jr.
77 Brett Meyers ....................................OL/NG...sr.+
80 Adam Dietrich ...................................WR/DE...sr.
82 Kyle Forbush ......................................WR/DB...jr.
88 Derrick Samson .................................WR/DE...sr.
89 Fred Blair ...............................................WR/S...sr.
* returning starters (9 offense, 5 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

— David Cassilo

COACH

Thu. 8/29 ...................................................at Owosso
Fri. 9/6 ..........MELVINDALE BUSINESS AND TECH
Fri. 9/13 ............................................*at Williamston
Fri. 9/20 ..................................................*at Portland
Sat. 9/28 ..................*at Lansing Catholic (2 p.m.)
Fri. 10/4 ............................................*STOCKBRIDGE
Fri. 10/11 ..............................................*LAKEWOOD
Fri. 10/18 .............................................FOWLERVILLE
Fri. 10/25 ...............................................at Chesaning

CHRIS CURTISS
• Age: 45
• Playing experience:
Corunna 1983-85, Central
Michigan U. 1986-87
• Coaching experience:
Corunna 1994-97 and 2010present
• Career record: 35-33
• Full-time job: Corunna High special education teacher
• Assistant coaches: Mark Clough, Buck
Heiney, Robb Dettman, Steve Herrick, Jeff
Sawyer, Dean Welte, Scott Moeller

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The Portland football team stands on the sideline during the national anthem prior to its Division 5 state championship game with Grand Rapids West Catholic at Ford Field in Detroit.
The Raiders went on to win the school’s first ever state title in any sport and ended a run of nine straight years of being sidelined in the first two rounds of the playoffs. LSJ FILE

August 28, 2013

GOAL:

FORD
FIELD
What it takes to get there and what
teams have the best chance in 2013

By Dick Hoekstra
dhoekstra@lsj.com

Rob Zimmerman’s DeWitt teams
have advanced to the Division 3 or 4 state
final three times and as far as the state
semifinals five other years — including
last fall — since he arrived in 1999.
John Novara started coaching at Portland the same year, and he broke through
last fall to do what has eluded Zimmerman at DeWitt — capture a state title.
The Raiders won the Division 5 championship after nine straight years of being
eliminated in either the first or second
round.
So what do Zimmerman and Novara
think it takes to be one of the 16 teams to
compete for eight state titles in eight divisions at Ford Field in Detroit the weekend after Thanksgiving?
LUCK: “We had a lot of plays go our
way that — if they didn’t — could have
changed the outcome,” Novara said.
“You have to have the ball bounce
your way,” said Zimmerman, whose
team won three close playoff games, that
all could have easily turned out differently, to reach the semis last fall.
The Panthers edged Lapeer West 3428 in overtime, Linden 45-44 in six overtimes and St. Johns 29-27 on a missed
field goal.

COACHING STAFF: “We have a veteran coaching staff that had coached a lot
of big games and against good teams,
and we expect that to benefit us when we
get to the playoffs,” Zimmerman said.
TRADITION: “Last year’s team benefitted from the success of previous
teams,” Zimmerman said. “They learned
how to win and expected to win.
“We’ve been fortunate to have a fair
amount of success, and the kids believe
they will win.”
“The playoff experience is real important,” Novara said. “Some junior varsity kids came up and practiced with us
an extra five weeks. That got them going
at our speed, running our plays, running
our system. Some kids got a lot of practice, and that should pay off this fall.”
PRACTICE: “We work on last two-minute situations in practice, and that helps
to prepare for those kind of games,” Zimmerman said.
SPECIAL TEAMS: “One point here or
there or blocked punts and kick returns
can make a big difference in a close playoff game,” Zimmerman said.
HARD WORK: “Obviously, you need to
have kids commit to work hard and buy
into what you’re doing and the off-season
conditioning,” Novara said.
IMPROVEMENT: “We need to improve
each week throughout the season or,

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Jacob Kimmell gives Portland a strong
rushing attack as it seeks to make another
deep high school playoff run. LSJ FILE

against top-notch teams, we’re going to
struggle, Zimmerman said.
STAY HEALTHY: A hand injury to quarterback Jake Johnson nearly cost DeWitt
its seventh straight CAAC Red title. But
Jacob Heath took over, and helped the
Panthers to a 10-7 win over Ionia and 2827 victory over Haslett to enable them to
reel off five straight wins before a 37-7
loss to Portland. Johnson made it back
for DeWitt’s playoff run. But other
teams have not made the playoffs — or
not advanced as far as they would have
— because of a key injury or two.
WEATHER: “We throw the ball a lot, so
terrible weather can affect our game
plan,” Zimmerman said.
DEFENSE: “Defensively, you have to
be very strong at (playoff) time of the
year, because you don’t know what the
weather will be like,” Zimmerman said.
“We’ve always had strong offense and
been able to put points on the board, but
last year our defense was the best defense we’ve had since I was here,” Novara said.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP: “We had 10 seniors who played on the defensive side of
the ball,” Novara said. “The kids were
battle-tested. They had already played
an 11-game schedule the year before.”
CHARACTER: “We had a great group
of kids who would do anything for their
teammates,” Novara said. “I think the
difference between last year and previous years is we had a big group of highcharacter quality kids.”

SO WHO MAKES IT IN 2013?

starters on offense, including quarterbacks Johnson and Heath, and eight
more on defense.
They developed a knack for winning
close games and may be extra hungry after coming up one game short of celebrating Thanksgiving weekend in Detroit last fall.
» PORTLAND? The Raiders return
just one starter on defense and lost senior quarterback Tanner Allison to a season-ending arm injury. Their chances
don’t look good, but young Portland players experienced what a deep run was like
and know what it takes.
» EAST LANSING? The Trojans rallied
to force overtime before losing a 23-22
Division 2 playoff heartbreaker at Caledonia on a missed extra point. They return six starters on offense and six on defense and added Grand Ledge track star
transfer Marq Adams.
» GRAND LEDGE? History says
they’ll be there at the end of the season,
and the CAAC Blue coaches picked them
to win the league. But the Comets are
young with just two starters back on offense and three on defense.
» HOLT? The Rams return 10 starters
on offense, including Ty Glover at running back, Eric Potter at quarterback
and Colin Jones at tight end. The tough
part for Holt and Grand Ledge is they
usually get placed in super tough Division 1 for the postseason.

Several members of the DeWitt defense wrap up Jacob Ebert of St. Johns. A strong
defense is important to making a deep run in the high school football playoffs. LSJ FILE

August 28, 2013

» ITHACA? Although a team’s playoff
run can also be determined by which division they are assigned to, it certainly
appears the three-time defending champion Yellowjackets have the best chance
of any area team to reach Ford Field.
Ithaca returns Toledo-bound senior
quarterback Travis Smith and senior
running back Logan Hessbrook, who
filled in behind center for Smith after he
was hurt early in the state final.
» DEWITT? The Panthers return nine

Members of the Ithaca football team hold up three fingers for cameras in a team photo after their third straight Division 6 state
championship win — and second consecutive over Constantine — at Ford Field last November. LSJ FILE

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Lakewood Vikings

LAST YEAR

1-4 in CAAC White
(fifth place), 1-8 overall

FOURCAST

D-LINE A STRENGTH
The run defense should be strong, with the
return of defensive tackles Charlie Reiser (6-2,
270) and Andrew Wisecup (6-0, 255) and
defensive end Tyler Oesch (6-1, 215), all seniors.
GOODBYE CAAC
Lakewood has won just two games in the past
two years, but both were over teams — Perry
and Stockbridge — the Vikings will face when
they move next season to the new Greater
Lansing Athletic Conference. Leslie and Maple
Valley will be their other football league foes,
Lansing Christian in other sports.
SCHEDULE FOR SUCCESS
The Vikings have a chance to get off to a
strong start, as they’ll play their first three
games against teams with losing records —
Parma Western, Belding and Stockbridge —
who combined for just five wins last year.
After then running the gauntlet of CAAC
White powers Williamston, Portland and
Lansing Catholic, Lakewood finishes with
Corunna (3-6 last year), Highland Park (2-7)
and arch-rival Ionia (3-6).
YOUTHFUL VIKINGS
Two of Lakewood’s returning starters — defensive backs Alex Salgat and Austin Kietzman
— started as sophomores, while current sophomores Scott Swift and Jayson O’Mara will
anchor the linebacking corps.

August 28, 2013

LSJ FILE

Fri. 8/30 .........at Parma Jackson County Western
Fri. 9/6 ...........................................................BELDING
Fri. 9/13 ............................................*STOCKBRIDGE
Fri. 9/20 ...........................................*WILLIAMSTON
Fri. 9/27 ..................................................*at Portland
Fri. 10/4 ..................................*LANSING CATHOLIC
Fri. 10/11 .................................................*at Corunna
Fri. 10/18 ..........................SAGINAW BUENA VISTA
Fri. 10/25 ............................................................IONIA

COACH
NICK BOUCHER
• Age: 34
• Playing experience:
Lakewood 94-95
• Coaching experience:
Lakewood 2012-present
• Career record: 1-8
• Full-time job: Lakewood High science
teacher
• Assistant coaches: Alex Moore, Mike
Hanna, Scott Ainsworth

ROSTER
NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
2 Garrett Phelps ...............................................K…sr.
3 Makay Markwart .............................WR/DB...sr.+
5 Joe Parks ................................................OL/DL…jr.
8 Alex Salgat ...........................................RB/DB...jr.*
9 Chance Haight ....................................WR/LB…fr.
11 Tyler Oesch ..........................................TE/LB...sr.*
12 Doug Suntken ..................................RB/DB...sr.*
20 Max Charles ......................................WR/DB…jr.
21 Wesley Stoepker ................................RB/DB…jr.
22 Jacob Darling .................................WR/DE…jr.+
24 Dylan Kemp .....................................WR/DB…so.
26 Austin Kietzman .............................RB/DB…jr.*
30 Colin Walkington ............................WR/DB…jr.
48 Cody Davis ..........................................OL/DL…sr.
50 Jesse Behrenwald ................................TE/LB...sr.
54 Andrew Wisecup .............................OL/DL...sr.*
55 Gabe Bowen .......................................OL/DL…jr.
56 Scott Swift .......................................OL/LB…so.+
60 Jayson O’Mara ................................OL/LB…so.+
65 Caleb Rine ...........................................OL/DL…sr.
70 Charlie Reiser ....................................OL/DL...sr.*
72 Andrew Deatsman ............................OL/DL...sr.
75 Alex Madejczyk ..................................OL/DL…jr.
76 Taylor Donovan .................................OL/DL…sr.
77 Tristen Alderink .................................OL/DL…jr.
78 Ethan Binkowski ................................OL/DL…jr.
84 Brandon Cesar ........................................WR…jr.
* returning starters (3 on offense,
5 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

— Scott Yoshonis

Lakewood running back Doug Suntken is
taken down against Corunna last season.

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Lakewood tight end Tyler Oesch catches a pass for a first down last season. The senior
also starts as a defensive end for the Vikings. LSJ FILE

Lansing Catholic Cougars

LAST YEAR

5-0 in CAAC White (first
place), 8-2 overall

COACH
JIM AHERN
• Age: 66
• Playing experience:
Owosso St. Paul 1961-63
• Coaching experience:
Ithaca 1972-2003, Lansing
Catholic 2009-present
• Career record: 233-136-6
• Full-time job: retired teacher
• Assistant coaches: Mike Doran, Jim Wenson, Elbert Payne, Jodi Clemons, Hub Waite,
Lou Boyer, Mike Ahern, Lee Vickers, Paul
Stornant, Mike Terranova, Jim Baker, Dave
Wolff, Don Stoner

Lansing Catholic’s Austin Schertzing dives over Pewamo-Westphalia's Brandon Wieber
(23) and Kyle Nurenberg for a touchdown in last year’s season opener. LSJ FILE

FOURCAST

HEAVY GRADUATION LOSSES
A year after returning nine starters (four
offense and five on defense), Lansing Catholic
has even fewer returning starters with six —
three on offense and three on defense. Despite those graduation losses last year, the
Cougars still managed to go 8-2 overall, repeat
as CAAC White champions and hand eventual
Division 5 state champion Portland its only loss
while denying the Raiders a league title.
TOUGH SCHEDULE
The Cougars may find it harder to repeat that
success — or maybe even make the playoffs —
due to a really tough schedule. Lansing Catholic plays state champion Portland, two state
semifinalists in Monroe St. Mary Catholic
(Division 6) and Pewamo-Westphalia (Division
7), and a quarterfinalist in Saginaw Nouvel
Catholic (Division 7). So the teams they will
face had a combined 54-36 record in 2012, and
the non-league foes went 28-10. P-W went 9-4,

Nouvel 9-3, Portland 13-1, Stockbridge 2-7,
Corunna 3-6, Lakewood 1-8, Williamston 7-4
and Monroe St. Mary 10-3. So opponents in six
of Lansing Catholic’s nine games compiled an
impressive 48-15 record last fall.
STRENGTH WHERE IT COUNTS
The strength of the Cougars should be in the
offensive and defensive lines, which will be
bigger than any in recent years. The line in
many games controls the outcome while
opening up holes for receivers and players in
the backfield and stopping the other team’s
offense from doing so. There’s also a solid core
of linebackers, according to Ahern. “But we
need to be in better condition to be able to go
100 percent for the whole game,” he says.
ALL ABOUT IMPROVEMENT
“Most of the skilled kids are inexperienced,”
Ahern said. “So how quickly they develop will
be key to our success.”
— Dick Hoekstra

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Lansing Catholic coach Jim Ahern talks to
players and coaches during their sesaon
opener against Pewamo-Westphalia. The
teams open again Thursday at P-W. LSJ FILE

27

SCHEDULE
Thu. 8/29 at Pewamo-Westphalia
Fri. 9/6 SAGINAW NOUVEL CATHOLIC at Holt
Junior High
Fri. 9/13 *PORTLAND at Holt Junior High
Fri. 9/20 *at Stockbridge
Sat. 9/28 *CORUNNA (2 p.m.)
Fri. 10/4 *at Lakewood
Fri. 10/11 *at Williamston
Fri. 10/25 at Monroe St. Mary Catholic

ROSTER
NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
2 Matt Fata............................................................... B...jr.+
3 Jack Peters ............................................................... B...jr.
4 Connor Rucinski................................................. WR...jr.
5 Moses Kone .......................................................... B...jr.+
6 Brennan Nakfoor................................................... B...jr.
7 Austin Schertzing ............................................... B...sr.*
8 Zac Baker ............................................................. WR...jr.
12 Tony Poljan .......................................................... B...so.
13 Jon Foy ................................................................... K...jr.
17 Jack Fox.................................................................. B...sr.
20 Bronson Russell ................................................... B...sr.
21 Jordan Smith ...................................................... B...sr.*
23 Alex St. Germain ........................................ OL/DL...sr.
32 Nick Gazall ............................................................ B...jr.
45 Danny Neugent .............................................. TE...sr.+
46 Hayden Theis ................................................... WR...sr.
49 Dylan Lovejoy................................................... WR...jr.
50 Carter Gadola.............................................. OL/DL...jr.
52 Drew Pence.................................................. OL/DL...jr.
53 Adam Zarotney ........................................ OL/DL...sr.*
60 Kole Kletke.................................................. OL/DL...sr.
61 Ben Respecki ................................................ OL/DL...jr.
64 Peter Atkins............................................... OL/DL...sr.*
65 Ian Gorgenson ............................................ OL/DL...jr.
66 Joe Dewan ................................................... OL/DL...jr.
67 Ryan Paul...................................................... OL/DL...jr.
68 Caleb Mayers ............................................ OL/DL...jr.+
71 David Poljan .............................................. OL/DL...sr.+
72 Brad Ruddock.......................................................... sr.+
76 Ethan Leppanen ...................................... OL/DL...sr.*
78 Kyle Malacina.............................................. OL/DL...jr.
81 Brennan Wolff............................................... WR...sr.+
84 Tony Palmer...................................................... B...so.*
88 Andrew Johnson............................................. WR...sr.
* returning starters (3 offense, 3 on defense)
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Portland Raiders

LAST YEAR

4-1 in CAAC White (second
place), 13-1 overall

ROSTER

FOURCAST

DEFENDING CHAMPS
Portland won last year’s Division 5 state championship with a 12-9 victory over Grand Rapids
West Catholic at Ford Field, earning the
school’s first team state title in any sport. West
Catholic bounced the Raiders out of the playoffs in 2010 on the way to their own state title.
INJURED QB
The Raiders return six starters on offense from
thir state championship team, one fewer than
anticipated. Quarterback Tanner Allison required surgery for an injured shoulder, which
will sideline him for the season. Allison, who
has committed to play baseball at Western
Michigan University, should be back to full
strength for baseball in the spring.
STRENGTH IN THE TRENCHES
Portland is traditionally strong at the line of
scrimmage, and this year will be no exception.
Zach Gustafson (6-foot-6, 215 pounds), Hunter
Scott (6-4, 210) and Jacob Fox (6-0, 190) are
returning starters on the offensive line.
LEAGUE NEMESIS
Portland is undefeated for the past two regular seasons against teams not named Lansing
Catholic. The Cougars handed the Raiders
their only loss last year, and their only two in
2011, including a 50-33 defeat in the Division 5
playoffs. The two teams will square off in
Week 3 this year.

Andrew Click (left) stretches for extra
yardage in the Division 5 state title game
against Grand Rapids West Catholic at Ford
Field in Detroit. LSJ FILE

COACH

— Scott Yoshonis

JOHN NOVARA
• Age: 42
• Playing experience: Iron
Mountain 1987-88
• Coaching experience:
Portland 1999-present
• Career record: 91-53
• Full-time job: Portland High math teacher
• Assistant coaches: Keith Schrauben, Jeff
Brooks, Andrew Tisdale, Phil Savage

SCHEDULE
Thu. 8/29 ..................................................OVID-ELSIE
Fri. 9/6 ........................................................at Owosso
Fri. 9/13 ...*at Lansing Catholic (at Holt Jr. High)
Fri. 9/20 ...................................................*CORUNNA
Fri. 9/27 ...............................................*LAKEWOOD
Fri. 10/4 ...........................................*WILLIAMSTON
Fri. 10/11 ..........................................*at Stockbridge
Fri. 10/18 .....................................................at DeWitt
Fri. 10/25 ...............(opponent to be determined)

Returning wide receiver Auston Brandt
finds running room during the opener
against Ovid-Elsie game last season. LSJ FILE

NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
3 Tyler Blaschka ......................................WR/DB...sr.
4 Bryce Buck ..............................................RB/DB...jr.
5 Mark Brooks ......................................QB/DE …so.
7 J.D. Kerr ...............................................RB/DB...sr.+
9 Brandon Moulton ..............................WR/DB...jr.
10 Clay Morris ...........................................QB/DB...jr.
12 Sam Goodman .....................................RB/LB...jr.
14 Branden Foote ..................................WR/DE...sr.
16 Jacob Pohl ........................................WR/DB...sr.+
22 Austin Pelfrey ....................................WR/DB...jr.
23 David Fedewa ......................................RB/LB...jr.
23 Nick Herblet .......................................WR/DB...jr.
24 Tyler McHenry ...................................WR/DE...jr.
30 Austin Hewitt ....................................WR/DB...jr.
32 Jacob Kimmell ...................................RB/LB...sr.*
33 Robbie Vrooman .................................RB/LB...jr.
35 Zach Cooke .........................................WR/DL...jr.
36 Alex Doolittle .....................................RB/DB...sr.
40 Andrew Click .....................................FB/LB...sr.+
43 Mac VanOtteren .................................RB/LB...sr.
45 Derek Gardner ....................................RB/DL...sr.
50 Jacob Fox ...........................................OL/DL...sr.*
54 Spencer Palmer ................................OL/DL...sr.+
55 Jon Hurst ...............................................OL/LB...jr.
59 Joseph Wilson .....................................OL/DL...jr.
60 Zach Gustafson ................................OL/DE...sr.*
61 Spencer Meekhof ................................OL/LB...jr.
62 Brandyn Scutt ......................................OL/DL...jr.
64 Isaac Weller .........................................OL/DL...sr.
65 Graham Ferris .....................................OL/DL...sr.
66 Patrick Burnham ................................OL/DL...sr.
76 Nathan Meekhof ................................OL/DL...jr.
77 T.J. Schnitzhofer .................................OL/DL...jr.
78 Hunter Scott ......................................OL/DL...sr.*
88 Auston Brandt ................................WR/DB...sr.*
* returning starters (6 on offense,
1 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

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Stockbridge Panthers

LAST YEAR

0-5 in CAAC White
(sixth place), 2-7 overall

Stockbridge’s
Kaleb Grammer
keeps the ball
and runs for a
first down
against former
SMAA and
future Great
Lakes Athletic
Conference
rival Leslie. LSJ
FILE

FOURCAST

THOSE IN-BETWEEN GAMES
The Panthers blasted Whitmore Lake 67-20 in
their opener and topped Laingsburg 14-7 in
their season finale. In between, Stockbridge
lost all seven games, and only one final margin
was closer than 17 points. That was a 22-21 loss
to Lakewood on Oct. 5 for fourth place in the
CAAC White.

COACH’S GOALS
Panthers coach Jeremy Killinger would like to
see his team develop consistency on both sides
of the ball, and see to it that its conditioning
holds strong through the fourth quarter. He
would like to see improvement in a defense
that gave up 37.8 points per game during the
2012 season.

Sat. 8/30 ......................................at Whitmore Lake
Fri. 9/6 ..........................................................*at Leslie
Fri. 9/13 ......................*at Lake Odessa Lakewood
Fri. 9/20 .................................*LANSING CATHOLIC
Fri. 9/27 ...........................................*at Williamston
Fri. 10/4 ..................................................*at Corunna
Fri. 10/11 .................................................*PORTLAND
Fri. 10/18 ....................................................BRONSON
Fri. 10/25 ..................................................FLAT ROCK

COACH
JEREMY KILLINGER
• Age: 36
• Playing experience:
Stockbridge 1992-93
• Coaching experience:
Stockbridge 2002-present
• Career record: 46-60
• Full-time job: Controller for CD Okemos 10,
LLC
• Assistant coaches: Dan Wooden, Dan
Hoeksema, Rob Myers, Chris Bliss

Stockbridge defensive back Shane Allen tackles Leslie running back Chanler Carmer. Allen
is one of three returning starters on defense for the Panthers. LSJ FILE

Stockbridge
quarterback
Kaleb Grammer
looks for a hole
as Richard
Newman (77)
gets in position
to block for
him. LSJ FILE

NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
2 Garrett Battle ....................................WR/DB...sr.*
4 Lucas Showerman .............................WR/LB...sr.*
5 Kaleb Grammer .................................QB/DB...sr.*
6 Evan Fletcher .......................................WR/DB...sr.
9 Zach Runciman .................................WR/DB...sr.+
15 Dakota Canfield ..............................WR/LB...jr.+
17 Brandon Schotthoefer .......................RB/LB...sr.
18 Shane Allen ......................................WR/DB...jr.*
21 Nick Novak .........................................WR/DB...sr.
22 Garrett Staebler ................................WR/DL...sr.
23 Mike Bellestri ....................................WR/DB...sr.
30 Josh Dickerson ..................................WR/DB...jr.
31 Nick Ensign .........................................RB/DL...jr.+
32 Kody Krusinski ...................................RB/LB...jr.+
51 Kyle Cook ..............................................OL/DL...jr.
52 William Smith .....................................OL/DL...sr.
53 Anthony Hoard ..................................OL/DL...sr.
54 Casey Lundquist ..................................OL/DL...jr.
55 Justin Underhile ...............................OL/DL...jr.+
56 Anthony Crabtree .............................OL/DL...sr.
58 Bailey Goss ...........................................OL/DL...jr.
59 John Meitz ...........................................OL/DL...jr.
62 Cord Acosta .......................................OL/DL...jr.+
65 Chris Balkus .......................................OL/LB...sr.*
71 Jaren Foster ..........................................OL/DL...jr.
76 Nicholas Roberts ..............................OL/DL...sr.+
77 Richard Newman .............................OL/DL...sr.*
81 Collin Nelson ......................................WR/DB...jr.
88 Eric Visel ...........................................WR/DL...sr.+
91 Daniel Landers .....................................OL/DL...jr.
* returning starters (3 on offense,
4 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

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— Dick Hoekstra

29

ROSTER

AVOID 0-FOR-WHITE
Stockbridge is looking to get a league win to
avoid going 0-10 during its two-year stint in
the CAAC White. In the fall of 2014, the Panthers will begin play in the newly-formed
Greater Lansing Athletic Conference. Other
schools in the league are Lakewood, Leslie,
Perry, Maple Valley and Lansing Christian —
which does not field a football team.

QUALITY RETURNERS
Killinger likes his team’s unity, work ethic and
speed. Stockbridge returns three starters on
offense and three on defense. Back on offense
are quarterback Kaleb Grammer, wide receiver
Lucas Showerman and 6-foot-2, 225-pound
lineman Richard Newman. On defense, Newman will be joined by linebacker Chris Balkus
(5-10, 185) and defensive backs Shane Allen
and Garrett Battle.

SCHEDULE

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Williamston Hornets

3-2 in CAAC White
(third place), 7-4 overall

FOURCAST

SENIOR CITIZENS
The Hornets are a squad that relies
almost exclusively on its senior class.
Outside of quarterback/defensive back
Chaz Moore, most of the team’s impact
players are in their final tour of duty.
That’s not a bad thing, as Williamston is
coming off of a 7-4 season and a trip to
the district title game. Coach Steve
Kersten said that experience has made
this one of the tightest teams he has
had.
SECONDARY TO NONE
The strength of this team might be the
duo of Moore and Ryan Watters in the
defensive backfield. The two have
shown the ability to give fits to the
opposition’s passing attack and offenses were held to 10 points or less in
five games last season. Both were
all-league selections, and Moore could
be the best defensive player in the
conference.
TWO-WAY STARS
Moore and Watters don’t just make
names for themselves on defense. The
two are also expected to rotate at
quarterback in 2013. When Watters
went down with an injury last season,
Moore got a shot to run the offense as
a sophomore and looked impressive.
Expect Kersten to give both players
time under center to keep defenses
guessing throughout games.
HOME SWEET HOME
Although Williamston has to make trips
to Ithaca and Portland, the Hornets will
play just three games on the road all
year. That means some of their biggest
games (Lansing Catholic, Corunna and
Haslett) will come on their own turf. If
Williamston can take advantage of its
favorable home slate, it should be able
to reach the postseason again.
— David Cassilo

SCHEDULE

LAST YEAR

Thu. 8/29 ......................................................at Ithaca
Fri. 9/6 .................................................FOWLERVILLE
Fri. 9/13 ...................................................*CORUNNA
Fri. 9/20 ......................*at Lake Odessa Lakewood
Fri. 9/27 ............................................*STOCKBRIDGE
Fri. 10/4 ..................................................*at Portland
Fri. 10/11 ................................*LANSING CATHOLIC
Fri. 10/18 .......................................................HASLETT
Fri. 10/25 ..................................................(open date)

ROSTER
NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR

Williamston quarterback Ryan Watters listens to instructions from coach Steve Kersten during
a game last fall. Watters is expected to rotate at quarterback with Chaz Moore. LSJ FILE

COACH
STEVE KERSTEN
• Age: 43
• Playing experience:
Richland Gull Lake 1984-87,
Taylor University (Ind.) 1988-92
• Coaching experience:
Williamston 2001-present
• Career record: 73-46
• Full-time job: Williamston High math and
technology teacher
• Assistant coaches: Jeff Lynch, Tim Stiffler,
Dan Kangas, Devin Hagler

Ryan Watters tries to avoid an Ithaca defender
in their season opener last season. Watters is
one of seven returning starters. LSJ FILE

1 Christian Zaleski ........................................WR/DB...jr.
2 Ryan Watters ...........................................QB/DB...sr.*
3 Joshua Ware ..............................................WR/DB...sr.
4 Stone Chase ...............................................TE/OLB...jr.
5 Kyle Russell ................................................WR/DB...sr.
6 Brady Bastien ............................................slot/DB...jr.
7 Jordan Schultz ........................................WR/DB...sr.+
8 Walker Bradley ......................................slot/DB...sr.*
9 Kyle Shashaguay ...................................slot/DB...sr.+
10 Cameron Stewart ................................slot/DB...sr.*
11 Chris Stanton ...........................................WR/DB...sr.
12 Jared Fleming ..........................................WR/DL...jr.
15 Chaz Moore ..........................................QB/OLB...jr.*
17 Nik Martin ..................................................RB/DL...sr.
21 Brandyn Perkins ......................................WR/DB...jr.
24 Tyler Lamar ..............................................slot/DB...jr.
25 Sheldon Weiss ........................................RB/OLB...sr.
30 John McCann .........................................OL/OLB...jr.
33 Cole Robinson ........................................WR/DB...sr.
40 Garrett Nolan ..........................................TE/OLB...jr.
42 Marshall Farris ........................................TE/OLB...jr.
44 Hayden Toone ...........................................RB/LB...jr.
45 Tyler Hart ....................................................OL/LB...sr.
50 Meshach Thompkins ...............................OL/DL...jr.
55 Brandon Greene ....................................OL/OLB...jr.
56 Trenton Newcomb ................................OL/LB...sr.+
58 Taylor Mangual .....................................OL/LB …so.
66 Derek Wisbiski .......................................OL/DL...sr.*
69 Ben Fox .......................................................OL/DL...jr.
70 Tyler Chambers ......................................OL/DL...sr.+
75 Austin Oakley ...........................................OL/DL...jr.
76 Chad Davis .................................................OL/DL...jr.
79 Dylan Bergmann ......................................OL/DL...jr.
* returning starters (4 on offense, 3 on defense)
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LAST YEAR

2-5 in CMAC (sixth
place), 3-6 overall

SCHEDULE
Thu. 8/29 .........................................GRAND RAPIDS
.......................................NORTHPOINTE CHRISTIAN
Fri. 9/6 ............................................................FULTON
Fri. 9/13 ......................................................at Saranac
Fri. 9/20 .........................................................FOWLER
Fri. 9/27 .................................................at Potterville
Fri. 10/4 .................................................LAINGSBURG
Fri. 10/11 ..................................................at Dansville
Fri. 10/18 ............................at Pewamo-Westphalia
Fri. 10/25 ....................................................BRONSON

COACH
CHRIS RYPSTRA
• Age: 34
• Playing experience:
DeWitt 1995-96
• Coaching experience:
Bath 2007-present
• Career record: 14-40
• Full-time job: Bath High history and English teacher
• Assistant coaches: Chad Densteadt, Matt
Stephens, Mike Miller, Travis Moffitt

ROSTER

At right, returning senior receiver Cam
Ellsworth snags a pass for a touchdown
last season. LSJ FILE

At right, Anthony Rhyndress
(45) is expected to start as
both a running back and a
defensive lineman for the
Bees. LSJ FILE

TURNING THE CORNER?
Bath has not been to the MHSAA state playoffs since 2000, when the Bees posted an 8-3
record and had the most wins for a Bath team
since 1975. Since 2000, the most wins the Bees
have had in a season is four in 2010. This year
the schedule sets up well. Out of the top four
teams in the league predicted by the coaches,
Bath gets Fowler, Fulton and Laingsburg at
home and travels to Pewamo-Westphalia.
Don’t be surprised to see the Bees knock off a
contender, as they did last year with a 19-17
win over Fulton. The two non-league games
are also opportunities for wins.
TONS OF EXPERIENCE
Bath returns eight starters on offense and nine
on defense, and many are juniors and seniors.
The skill positions should be loaded, as the
Bees return two running backs in juniors
Anthony Rhyndress and Tank Payne and a pair
of receivers in seniors Cam Ellsworth and
Marcus Allen. Rhyndress and Payne split time
at slot back in 2012 and will fill the losses of
two all-league senior backs from last fall. The
offensive line has all-league players Deontay
Walker and Brandon Chapko back, as well as
three-year starter Mike Miller. This is an offense that averaged more than 300 yards per
game last year and should have no trouble
doing that again with the returning talent.
LEAD BEE
Senior Dylan Moffitt was honorable mention
all-CMAC in 2012 and is in his third year as the
starting quarterback. He’ll have to get used to
new ball carriers, but he should still lead a
potent offense. Moffitt will have to do a better job of leading Bath to touchdowns this fall.
Despite all the yards, the Bees averaged just 20
points per game and failed to finish drives in
close games. They also turned the ball over 18
times last season.
D-LINE PROWESS
Five starters return on the defensive line. In
the CMAC — where running the football and
stopping the run is pivotal — this is a welcome
sight. Walker, Chapko and Miller all flip from
offensive line to defensive line, and Rhyndress
and Allen will also see time there as well.
— Denny Schwarze

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NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
3 Leslie Payne .........................................RB/DB...jr.*
4 Dylan Moffitt .....................................QB/DB...sr.*
5 Taurean Resseguie ...........................RB/DB...so.+
6 Marcus Allen ......................................WR/LB...sr.*
7 Cam Ellsworth ....................................WR/LB...sr.*
10 Kasey Kesler .......................................RB/LB...jr.+
22 Zack Richardson ..................................RB/LB...jr.
23 Jacob Wolfinger ...............................WR/DB...sr.
24 Mark Beason .....................................WR/DB...sr.
30 Trae Panwas ....................................WR/DB...sr.*
43 Tim Sullivan .....................................WR/DB...sr.+
45 Anthony Rhyndress .........................RB/DL...jr.*
50 Kyle Follick .........................................OL/LB...sr.+
51 Zack Grider ........................................OL/DL...sr.+
54 Brandon Chapko .............................OL/DL...sr.*
60 Mitchell Wood ..................................OL/DL...jr.+
68 Deontay Walker ...............................OL/DL...jr.*
70 Dalton Hilliker .....................................OL/DL...jr.
72 Micah Botke ......................................OL/DL...jr.+
75 Mike Miller ........................................OL/DL...sr.*
78 Lance Wicks .........................................OL/DL...jr.
81 John Cornwell ....................................WR/DB...jr.
* returning starters (8 offense, 9 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

Above, Bath quarterback
Dylan Moffitt, who enters his
third season as the starter,
throws a touchdown pass
against Potterville. LSJ FILE

31

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Dansville Aggies
FOURCAST

August 28, 2013

MEMORABLE SEASON
The Aggies enjoyed one of their most successful football seasons in recent years last fall.
They lost only to CMAC runner-up PewamoWestphalia and champion Fowler in the regular season while compiling a 7-2 record. They
then edged Ottawa Lake Whiteford 21-18 to
earn the school’s first ever football playoff
victory. Dansville had lost first-round games in
its only other appearances in the playoffs,
which came in 1980, 1990, 1992 and 2003. The
2003 season was also the last time the Aggies
had even managed a winning record. Their
season record in 2012 wound up at 8-3 after a
32-2 loss to Britton-Deerfield in a Division 7
district final.
NEW LEADERSHIP
Dan Price, who coached Dansville to its most
wins since it compiled a 9-1 record in 1992,
resigned and is serving as an assistant coach
under Jerry VanHavel at Mason this season.
The new coach this fall, Mike Galbreath,
served as an assistant under Price with the
Aggies in recent years.
LINEBACKERS, LINEMEN BACK
Four starters return on offense and four on
defense. Three on offense are linemen —
Justin Carone, Lucas Moser and Will Walker —
and the other is running back Cody Williams.
On defense, three are linebackers — Carone,
Josh Edson and Brad Hunt — and the fourth is
Walker, a safety who is considered one of the
best defensive players in the CMAC.
COACH’S GOALS
Galbreath likes how the Aggies play together
as a team, and how they play with heart. He
thinks they need to work on their tackling and
playing four quarters. He wants his team “to
be proud of the effort they leave on the field.”
— Dick Hoekstra

LAST YEAR

5-2 in CMAC (third
place), 8-3 overall

Fulton Pirates

LAST YEAR

2-5 in CMAC (seventh
place), 3-6 overall

SCHEDULE

SCHEDULE

Thu. 8/29 ..........................................at East Jackson
Fri. 9/6 ......................................................*SARANAC
Fri. 9/13 ......................................................*at Fowler
Fri. 9/20 .........................*PEWAMO-WESTPHALIA
Fri. 9/27 .............................................*at Laingsburg
Fri. 10/4 ...............................................*at Potterville
Fri. 10/11 ............................................................*BATH
Fri. 10/18 ......................................................*FULTON
Fri. 10/25 ..............................................at Brown City

Thu. 8/29 ...................................................at Durand
Fri. 9/6 ............................................................*at Bath
Fri. 9/13 ..............................................*POTTERVILLE
Fri. 9/20 ..............................................*LAINGSBURG
Fri. 9/27 ...........................*at Pewamo-Westphalia
Fri. 10/4 .......................................................*FOWLER
Fri. 10/11 ...................................................*SARANAC
Fri. 10/18 ................................................*at Dansville
Fri. 10/25 .......................................at Burton Bendle

COACH
MIKE GALBREATH
• Age: 46
• Playing experience:
Dansville 1985, Northwood
1987
• Coaching experience:
First year as coach
• Career record: 0-0
• Full-time job: City of Jackson employee
• Assistant coaches: Kelen Gailey, Aaron
Stewart

ROSTER
NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
3 Chris Shutes ..........................................WR/DB...jr.
4 Brent Flynn ..........................................RB/LB…jr.+
5 Trent Courter ........................................QB/LB…jr.
7 Ethan Korb .........................................WR/DB...so.
17 Cody Williams ...................................RB/LB…sr.*
22 Bryan Heinz ......................................WR/DB…sr.
24 Trevor Dixon .....................................WR/DB…jr.
29 Jared Byars ..........................................OL/DL…jr.
44 Will Walker .......................................RB/DL…jr.*
53 Josh Edson ........................................OL/DL…sr.*
56 Tyler McAdams ...................................OL/DL…jr.
58 Justin Carone ...................................OL/DL…sr.*
63 Mike Ries .............................................OL/DL…jr.
66 Tyler Josephs .....................................OL/DL…so.
71 Ken Evarts ............................................OL/DL…jr.
72 Lucas Moser ......................................OL/DL…sr.*
81 Brad Hunt ..........................................QB/LB…sr.*
88 Ryan Olsen ........................................WR/DB…sr.
* returning starters (4 offense, 4 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

Dansville linebacker Cody Williams (17)
tries to bring down Fowler’s Tyler
Koenigsknecht last season. LSJ FILE

Senior Tyler Spade was Fulton’s leading
rusher last season. COURTESY PHOTO

FOURCAST

HOPING FOR A BOUNCEBACK
The Pirates went 3-6 last season, their poorest
season since going 1-8 in 1992. They lost four
of the first five games they played (first game
of season was a forfeited win) and were overmatched in a tough stretch against Laingsburg, Pewamo-Westphalia and Fowler in three
consecutive weeks. However, this team is
deeper and more experienced and Fulton
might be able to contend for a playoff spot
after falling short the previous two seasons.
They have the same three-week stretch of
Laingsburg, P-W and Fowler, but the Pirates
get the Wolfpack and Eagles at home.
EXPERIENCED SOPHOMORE
Jake Litwiller started for the Pirates as a freshman last season and really learned his way —
even in games when Fulton struggled. He’s got
good size (6-1, 195 pounds) and athleticism
and looks to have a bright career in front of
him.
MULTIPLE BACKS
Senior Tyler Spade returns after leading the
team in rushing last year. Spade was also a
Class D all-area player. He will be just one of
several players who will look to get carries for
the Pirates. Senior Josh Stephens also returns
and Fulton coach John Winkler will look for
contributions from junior Randy Johnston and
sophomore Colton Antes. This should be a
much improved and deeper unit.
INEXPERIENCED FRONT FOUR
The only returners to the Fulton defense are
two linebackers and two defensive backs,
meaning the Pirates will be breaking in new
players up on the defensive line. Senior Troy
Bearden, juniors Josh Antes and Tate Bennett
and sophomore Jayvin Wolfe look to be the
top candidates for these positions. The defensive backfield should be solid, with seniors
Dalton Trefil and Nate Davis back.
— Denny Schwarze

COACH
JOHN WINKLER
• Age: 45
• Playing experience:
Caseville 1983-86
• Coaching experience:
Fulton 2003-present
• Career record: 84-31
• Full-time job: Fulton High biology, anatomy and forensic science teacher
• Assistant coaches: Dave Sheahan, Boone
McEwen, Jerry Winkler, Jeff Waldron, Todd
Walden, Jay Childers, Joel Gillespie

ROSTER
NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
1 Tyler Scott Allyne ...............................RB/DB...sr.+
2 Coty Carpenter ......................................RB/LB...jr.
3 Dalton Trefil .........................................SE/DB...sr.*
7 John Vusich ...........................................FB/LB...jr.+
10 Jake Litwiller ....................................QB/LB...so.*
11 Joel Gillespie ......................................TE/DB...sr.+
12 Colton Antes ...................................RB/DB...so.+
14 Randy Johnston ................................RB/DB...jr.+
20 Nate Davis ..........................................SE/DB...sr.*
21 Josh Stephens ....................................RB/LB...sr.*
25 Tyler Spade ........................................RB/DB...sr.*
34 Caleb Bullard .......................................RB/DB...jr.
55 Eli Stephens .......................................OL/DL...sr.*
56 Tate Bennett ........................................OL/DL...jr.
61 Troy Bearden .......................................OL/DL...sr.
64 Hunter Parks .....................................OL/DL...sr.+
65 Jayvin Wolfe ....................................OL/DL...so.+
66 Jordan Buck ......................................OL/DL...sr.+
68 Cody Thomas ....................................OL/DL...sr.*
76 Mitch Mills .........................................OL/DL...jr.*
79 Josh Antes ............................................OL/DL...jr.
80 Brendan Hulbert ...............................TE/LB...jr.*
88 Talon Hyde ..........................................TE/LB...jr.+
* returning starters (5 on offense,
3 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

Fowler Eagles

7-0 in CMAC (first
place), 9-2 overall

NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR

FOURCAST

A BIT OF REBUILDING
The Eagles are inexperienced and will need
to get game reps. Just two starters return
on defense and three are back on offense.
Fowler lost many of its weapons from
teams that went to the Division 8 state final
in 2011 and finished with an undefeated
regular season and a CMAC championship
in 2012, including Dream Teamer Tyler
Koenigsknecht and six players who earned
Class D all-area honors. Fowler also will
have a new coach this fall as Kris Ernst
takes over for Craig Koenigsknecht. Ernst
was previously the Fowler athletic director
and was an assistant under Koenigsknecht.

COACH
KRIS ERNST
• Age: 33
• Playing experience: Central Lake 1995-97, Alma College 1998-2001
• Coaching experience:
East Jordan 2003-05
• Career record: 13-15
• Full-time job: Fowler High athletic director
• Assistant coaches: John Spicer, Biff Bongard, Taylor Hansen

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A BACK IS BACK
One main returner on offense is
fullback Austin Feldpausch. The
240-pound senior was one of the
rushing options last year behind
Tyler Koenigsknecht and Watts
and got a lot of carries simply
because Fowler had put some
games enough out of reach
where younger players could see
the field. He will be the featured
rusher this year and will be relied
on for the bulk of the carries.
Look for sophomore Austin Cook
to get some as well.

NEW UP FRONT
Senior Quinn Myers and
junior Adam Blackwell are
the only two returning
starters on the offensive
line, a unit which has
helped the Eagles overpower opponents the past
few seasons. Ernst also
expects senior Chandler
Chambell to contribute
and there are three other
senior linemen on the
roster that could help fill
the holes.

Austin Feldpausch runs through a tackle
attempt for a touchdown against Dansville
last season. LSJ FILE

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Even with the loss of Craig Koenigsknecht, who went 29-6 in
three years as varsity coach, Ernst
plans on continuing the status
quo of Fowler football and
stressed that the program is
bigger than any one individual.
Ernst has also had all spring and
summer to transition into the
role. Even with the departures, it
would not be a surprise to see the
Eagles battling with P-W for
another CMAC title.
— Denny Schwarze

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SCHEDULE
Thu. 8/29 ..................................................at Mendon
Fri. 9/6 ...............................................*at Laingsburg
Fri. 9/13 ..................................................*DANSVILLE
Fri. 9/20 .........................................................*at Bath
Fri. 9/27 ....................................................*SARANAC
Fri. 10/4 ......................................................*at Fulton
Fri. 10/11 ..........................*at Pewamo-Westphalia
Fri. 10/18 .............................................*POTTERVILLE
Fri. 10/25 ............................................................LESLIE

ROSTER
4 Logan Thelen ...............................................FL/CB...sr.
5 Grant Platte ..................................................FL/CB...jr.
6 Nolan Feldpausch ........................................FL/CB...jr.
8 Derek Bengel .................................................QB/S...jr.
12 Mason Miller ...............................................QB/S...sr.
22 Dylan Armbrustmacher .............................TE/S...sr.
23 Thomas Horak ..............................................TE/S...sr.
24 Austin Feldpausch ..................................FB/LB...sr.*
25 Austin Cook .............................................TB/LB...jr.+
30 Nathanial Feldpausch .............................TB/LB...sr.
41 Preston Miller ................................................FB/S...jr.
50 Jacob Pung ................................................OL/DL...jr.
51 Quinn Myers ............................................OL/LB...sr.*
52 Chandler Campbell ..............................OL/DL...sr.+
54 Josh Miller ..................................................OL/LB...jr.
56 Joseph Despers .........................................OL/DL...sr.
57 Hunter Walter ...........................................FB/LB...sr.
68 Kevin Armbrustmacher .........................OL/DL...sr.
73 Zach Rudat .................................................OL/DL...jr.
74 Matt Simon ...............................................OL/DL...sr.
75 Nick Simon ................................................OL/DL...sr.
76 Adam Blackwell .....................................OL/DL...jr.*
80 Clayton Simon .........................................TE/DE...so.
* returning starters (3 offense, 2 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

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Laingsburg Wolfpack

SCHEDULE

LAST YEAR

3-4 in CMAC (fourth
place), 4-5 overall

Thu. 8/29 ........................................................at Perry
Fri. 9/6 .........................................................*FOWLER
Fri. 9/13 ...........................*at Pewamo-Westphalia
Fri. 9/20 ......................................................*at Fulton
Fri. 9/27 ..................................................*DANSVILLE
Fri. 10/4 ..........................................................*at Bath
Fri. 10/11 .............................................*POTTERVILLE
Fri. 10/18 ...................................................*SARANAC
Fri. 10/25 ......................................................DURAND

ROSTER

Laingsburg’s Aaron Cox (74) gets ready to rush the Bath quarterback, while teammate Austin Eggleston (56) waits to see how the play
will develop from his linebacker position. The rivals meet again on Oct. 4 at Bath. COURTESY PHOTO

FOURCAST

SKILL POSITION DEPTH
This will be one of the strengths for Laingsburg and offensive weapons is what they will
need after losing Class C all-area wide receiver
Shaun McKinney from last year’s team. Outside of senior fullback Jake Arthur, it’s not an
extremely experienced unit, but coach Brian
Borgman will look for big contributions from
junior and sophomore running backs Cody
Brooks and Dan Harkness as well as junior
wide receiver Cole Franks. Laingsburg scored
173 points last season, their lowest total for a
season since 2005.
THE BEST?
Borgman feels senior defensive end Michael
Schauer is the best defensive player in the
CMAC and his size may cause trouble for

opposing teams when he is on the edge.
Schauer is 6-3 and checks in at 250 pounds,
making him a run-stopping weapon from the
defensive end spot while also being able to
rush the passer. Naturally, that size also is
suitable for the offensive tackle position and
that is where Schauer will line up when Laingsburg has the ball.
STAY HEALTHY
Borgman thinks this group can be a playoff
team if it stays healthy on the offensive and
defensive lines. The Wolfpack have 27 players
on the varsity this year — a good number for a
CMAC team — and Borgman listed it as the
team’s biggest strength heading into this fall.
Senior Nick Brown will bookend Schauer at
the defensive end spot and 260-pound senior

Jordan Bird will be a big body in the middle at
defensive tackle.
STARTING FAST A MUST
The league schedule is not kind to Laingsburg
to start the season. After a non-league game
at Perry, the Wolfpack host Fowler in one of
the area’s biggest Week 2 contests. They then
have to go on the road to Pewamo-Westphalia
and Fulton in consecutive weeks. Those three
games may determine if Laingsburg will make
the playoffs for the first time in three seasons,
after they had made it five straight years. The
Wolfpack defeated Fulton 24-21 last year, but
lost to Fowler and P-W by a combined score of
63-14.
— Denny Schwarze

NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
4 Nick Brown ..........................................TE/DE...sr.+
5 Adam Wickham ................................WR/DB...sr.*
7 Matt Cyrus ............................................WR/DB...sr.
8 Ryan Wade ..........................................QB/DB...jr.+
10 Joe Hatt .............................................QB/DB...sr.+
11 Jake Arthur .........................................FB/DL...sr.*
12 Jay Kusler ..............................................RB/DB...jr.
17 Kevin Koenig ...................................FB/DE...so.+
20 Cole Franks ......................................WR/DB...jr.+
21 Cody Brooks ......................................RB/DB...jr.+
24 Zach Rosenberry .................................FB/DL...sr.
25 Jake Keenan ......................................WR/DB...sr.
33 Brandon Bauer ...................................RB/DB...jr.
34 Derek Ellis .............................................TE/LB...sr.
40 Tristan Butler ....................................FB/LB...so.+
45 Justin Johnson ....................................QB/DB...jr.
50 Sam Cozik .............................................OL/DE...jr.
52 Aaron Cox ............................................OL/DL...sr.
55 Mitchell Cox ........................................OL/DL...sr.
56 Austin Eggleston ................................OL/DL...sr.
61 Brandon Lowell ...................................OL/DL...jr.
68 Chase Beatty .....................................OL/DL...sr.*
72 Michael Schauer ..............................OL/DE...sr.*
79 Jordan Bird ........................................OL/DL...sr.+
80 Jagger Richard .....................................TE/DL...jr.
84 Dustin Pearsall ...................................WR/DB...jr.
88 Dan Harkness ..................................RB/DB...so.+
* returning starters (3 on offense, 3 on deense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

August 28, 2013

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• Age: 39
• Playing experience: Williamston 1989-91, Bowling
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• Coaching experience:
Laingsburg 2002-present
• Career record: 62-45
• Full-time job: Laingsburg High anatomy,
biology and chemistry teacher
• Assistant coaches: Barry Schumacher, Jon
David Cecil, Kevin Pettigrew, Dave Cecil, Jason
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Pewamo-Westphalia Pirates

LAST YEAR

6-1 in CMAC (second
place), 9-4 overall

FOURCAST

MEET THE NEW BOSS
The Pirates welcome P-W alum Jeremy Miller as
their new head coach. Miller spent the past
three years as coach of the offensive and defensive lines, and like the man he succeeds, Brad
Weber, played for the Pirates. Most of the previous staff also stayed on, easing the overall
transition.
AIRING IT OUT
Two of P-W’s key returning players will be QB
Kyle Nurenburg and 6-6 WR Lane Simon, who
will lead a passing attack that should cause
matchup nightmares for most teams. Look for
the Pirates to take to the air, especially early in
the season while their options at running back
are sorted out. Nurenburg and Simon also make
up half of a very strong Pirate secondary.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Pirates will have a favorable league schedule in their quest to return to the top of the
CMAC. Traditional league powers Laingsburg,
Fowler and Fulton will all be home games.
Week 7 against Fowler could again decide the
conference title.
NO NON-LEAGUE CUPCAKES
That CMAC schedule will be bookended by
challenging games against powers Lansing
Catholic and New Lothrop, the latter in the
regular-season finale at Alma College. The two
teams have combined for a record of 62-7 over
the past three seasons.

Pewamo-Westphalia’s Aaron Rademacher
(34) and Kyle Nurenberg take down
— Scott Yoshonis Lansing Catholic’s Josh Baker. LSJ FILE

SCHEDULE

35

Thu. 8/29 .................................LANSING CATHOLIC
Fri. 9/6 ...................................................at Potterville
Fri. 9/13 .................................................LAINGSBURG
Fri. 9/20 ...................................................at Dansville
Fri. 9/27 ..........................................................FULTON
Fri. 10/4 ......................................................at Saranac
Fri. 10/11 ........................................................FOWLER
Fri. 10/18 .............................................................BATH
Fri. 10/25 ...............New Lothrop at Alma College

ROSTER

COACH
JEREMY MILLER
• Age: 33
• Playing experience:
Pewamo-Westphalia 1996-97
• Coaching experience:
First year as coach
• Career record: 0-0
• Full-time job: Lakewood High social studies teacher
• Assistant coaches: Nathan Thelen, Randall Hager, Chris Harder, Bryant Schmitt, Jesse
Thelen, Scott Smith, Gavin Schaar

NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
2 Kyle Nurenberg .................................QB/DB...sr.*
4 William Fandel ....................................WR/DB...jr.
5 Trey Bauer ...........................................QB/DB...jr.+
10 Dylan Smith .......................................TE/DE...sr.+
21 A.J. Keusch ........................................RB/DB...sr.+
22 Ross Wolniakowski .........................RB/DB...sr.+
24 Matt Wawiernia ...............................WR/DB...jr.
25 Ryan Thelen .......................................WR/DB...jr.
26 Lane Simon ......................................WR/DB...sr.*
27 Dustin Smith .....................................RB/DB...sr.+
28 Seth Russell ........................................WR/DB...jr.
32 Nate Jandernoa ...................................RB/LB so.
34 Aaron Rademacher ..........................RB/LB...jr.*
36 Zach Thelen ......................................WR/DB...so.
38 Nick Groves ........................................WR/DB...jr.
42 Isaac Hearld ..........................................RB/LB...jr.
50 Garret Fox ............................................OL/DL...sr.
51 Owen Schafer ...................................OL/DL...sr.*
60 Zach Fox .............................................OL/DL...jr.+
61 Chase Platte .......................................OL/LB...sr.+
63 Derrick Smith ....................................OL/DL...sr.+
68 Ben Fox ...............................................OL/LB...sr.*
70 Stanley Fink ......................................OL/DL...sr.+
72 Adam Meyers ...................................OL/DL...sr.+
75 Ben Keilen ...........................................OL/DL...sr.
80 Adam Chartrand .................................TE/DE...jr.
82 Evan Fedewa ...................................WR/DB...sr.*
88 Jordan Krausz .................................WR/DB...sr.+
* returning starters (4 offense, 6 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

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Potterville Vikings

LAST YEAR

0-7 in CMAC (eighth
place), 1-8 overall

SCHEDULE
Thu. 8/29 ..................................................at Bellevue
Fri. 9/6 ............................*PEWAMO-WESTPHALIA
Fri. 9/13 ......................................................*at Fulton
Fri. 9/20 ...................................................*at Saranac
Fri. 9/27 .............................................................*BATH
Fri. 10/4 ..................................................*DANSVILLE
Fri. 10/11 ............................................*at Laingsburg
Fri. 10/18 ....................................................*at Fowler
Fri. 10/25 ...........................CARSON CITY-CRYSTAL

COACH
MIKE SELZER
• Age: 38
• Playing experience:
Wayland 1990-93
• Coaching experience:
Fulton interim 2002, Potterville 2006-present
• Career record: 30-40
• Full-time job: Potterville history teacher
• Assistant coaches: Paul Davis, Chad Fuller,
John Langstaff

ROSTER

Potterville’s Andrew Wonch (left) and Kolin Groom try to recover a fumble against Bath last season. Groom, a junior linebacker, is also a
running back and was the Vikings’ leading rusher last season. LSJ FILE

August 28, 2013

FOURCAST

SIZE A STRENGTH
The Vikings have something that has been lacking in recent seasons,
which will help them compete in the rough-and-tumble CMAC: Size in
the trenches. Junior Clinton Ward (6-2, 270) started all nine games at
left tackle as a sophomore. He also starts on defense, drawing doubleteams at nose tackle. Dominic Ackley (5-11, 245) and Mike Romanek
(6-0, 245) will add bulk and power at the line of scrimmage on both
sides of the ball.
SMASH-MOUTH FOOTBALL
Along with that beefy line, Potterville also has size in their backfield.
Junior Kolin Groom (6-2, 185) was the team’s leading rusher as a sophomore, and junior Luke Wood (5-10, 205) will carry the load at fullback.
QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY
Perhaps feeling the effects of three straight losing seasons, the numbers in the Potterville program are suffering. As a result, conditioning
and versatility will be key for success. Most players will play both ways
and need to know more than one position on either side of the ball.
A TOUGH LEAGUE
The Vikings won the CMAC league title in their memorable 10-1 season
in 2009, but have just three league wins since, two of them to schools
no longer in the conference. Barring injury, that should change this
year.
— Scott Yoshonis

Running back Jordan Wenzlick, now a senior, gains some
yardage against Bath last season. LSJ FILE

NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
2 Bronson Davis .....................................TE/DE...sr.+
6 Jacob Stebleton .................................RB/DB...sr.*
10 Kolin Groom .......................................RB/LB...jr.*
11 Jordan Wenzlick ...............................RB/DB...sr.*
12 Kyle Ireland ...........................................QB …jr.+
21 Logan Pitcher .....................................RB/LB...sr.*
33 Seth Austin .........................................RB/LB...sr.*
44 Luke Wood .........................................RB/LB...jr.+
50 Jake Ryan ........................................OL/LB …so.+
55 Clinton Ward ...................................OL/DL …jr.*
56 Tom Waligorski .............................OL/DL …so.+
57 Loren Smalley .................................OL/DE …jr.+
58 Dominic Ackley ...............................OL/DL...so.*
60 Walker Willis ...................................OL/DE …jr.+
66 Matt Romanek .................................OL/DL...sr.+
* returning starters (4 on offense, 6 on defense)
+ other contributors (see more at LSJ.com)

Senior Jacob Stebleton, a running back and
defensive back, is also a punter. LSJ FILE

Saranac Redskins

LAST YEAR

3-4 in CMAC (fourth
place), 4-5 overall

SCHEDULE

37

Thu. 8/29 .....................................................MORRICE
Fri. 9/6 ...................................................*at Dansville
Fri. 9/13 .............................................................*BATH
Fri. 9/20 ..............................................*POTTERVILLE
Fri. 9/27 .....................................................*at Fowler
Fri. 10/4 ..........................*PEWAMO-WESTPHALIA
Fri. 10/11 .....................................................*at Fulton
Fri. 10/18 ...........................................*at Laingsburg
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COACH
TERRY JOHNSON
• Age: 54
• Playing experience: Ionia
1974-77, Saginaw Valley State
1979
• Coaching experience:
Ionia 2000-06, Carson CityCrystal 2007-08, Saranac
2011-present
• Career record: 58-49
• Full-time job: Ionia physical education
teacher
• Assistant coaches: Doug Whiting, Andy
Lytle, Dennis Cooper, Joe Cooper and Mark
Wiles

ROSTER
NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR

Saranac will have to find a replacement for and move on without quarterback/running back Jacob Coulier (14), who helped the Redskins
to a 9-2 record in 2011 and a 4-5 mark in 2012. Saranac has nine returning starters, five on offense and four on defense. LSJ FILE

FOURCAST

CONFIDENCE BUILDER
The schedule potentially sets up
well for a young team, however,
with three of the first four games
coming against Morrice, Bath and
Potterville. Morrice was 5-31 over
the past four seasons, and Bath
and Potterville had losing seasons
last year. Early success in that
stretch may be a huge lift for the
games that come immediately
after — traditional CMAC powers
Fowler, Pewamo-Westphalia,
Fulton and Laingsburg.

STATURE OF LIMITATIONS
The Redskins will have to find
different ways to succeed without
much size. There is not a single
player on the roster whose listed
weight is at 230 pounds or more.

EXPERIENCED BACKFIELD
One area where the Redskins will
have some veteran players is in
the offensive backfield. Running
backs Paul Woodward and Hunter
Videan are both returning starters.

— Scott Yoshonis

August 28, 2013

YOUNG SKINS
Saranac will be extremely young
this season, with just seven players from last year’s team returning. Sophomore QB Drake Edwards will be backed up by sophomore Alex Cadwallader and
freshman Brett Patrick — three of
17 underclassmen on the Redskins’ varsity roster.

2 Alex Rector ..................................................RB/DB...jr.
4 Seth Foster .................................................RB/DB...so.
9 Kane Rush ....................................................RB/DB...fr.
10 Alex Cadwallader ........................QB/WR/DB...so.+
11 Drake Edwards .....................................QB/DB...so.*
12 Brett Patrick .............................................QB/DB...fr.
14 Benji Leader ...............................................RB/DB...jr.
15 Wyatt Haner ..........................................WR/DB...jr.+
16 Jacob Bruinekool ...................................WR/DB...fr.
18 Owen Field .................................................RB/DB...jr.
21 Ben Littlejohn .........................................RB/DB...sr.*
24 Hunter Videan ........................................RB/LB...jr.*
33 Paul Woodward ....................................RB/DB...sr.*
35 Justin Davis ...............................................RB/DB...fr.
38 Xavier Nash ...............................................RB/DB...fr.
40 Isaac Kidder ...........................................RB/DL...so.+
42 Wyatt Jacobs .............................................RB/LB...fr.
44 Kyle Hill ....................................................RB/DB...so.
50 Danny Barnick ........................................OL/DL...sr.*
42 Wyatt Jacobs .............................................RB/LB...fr.
44 Kyle Hill ....................................................RB/DB...so.
56 Sawyer Brooks ..........................................OL/LB...sr.
61 Ethan Veenstra .........................................OL/DL...jr.
62 Elliot Cambell ..........................................OL/DL...so.
66 Jeremy Gleeson ......................................OL/LB...sr.*
70 Austin Fry ...................................................OL/DL...sr.
71 Nate Felty ....................................................OL/LB...jr.
72 Sam Ward .................................................OL/DL...so.
73 Kyle Young ................................................OL/DL...fr.
75 Alex Peabody ..........................................OL/DL...so.
80 Daniel Cooper ......................................WR/DB...sr.*
85 Royce Scheiern .......................................WR/DB...sr.
* returning starters (5 on offense, 4 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

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Morrice Orioles

LAST YEAR

4-5 overall and in the
GAC Blue

SCHEDULE
Thu. 8/29 ...................................................at Saranac
Fri. 9/6 ...........................................*FLINT HAMADY
Fri. 9/13 .....................BLANCHARD MONTABELLA
Fri. 9/20 .....................................*at Burton Bentley
Fri. 9/27 ...................at Adrian Lenawee Christian
Fri. 10/4 ................................* BURTON ATHERTON
Fri. 10/11 .................................................*at Genesee
Fri. 10/18 ........................................................*BYRON
Fri. 10/25 ..................................................at Bellevue

COACH
BRAD LONG
• Age: 35
• Playing experience: OvidElsie 1995
• Coaching experience:
Morrice 2007-present
• Career record: 10-44
• Full-time job: Morrice
industrial arts, weight lifting, drafting teacher
• Assistant coaches: Jeremy Freed, Kendall
Crockett, Josh Gutting

ROSTER

Morrice’s Joe Gutting, now a senior, breaks a tackle after intercepting a pass against Webberville last season. Gutting, a tight end and
defensive end, is one of 14 returning starters for the Orioles. LSJ FILE

August 28, 2013

FOURCAST

HOT START, COLD FINISH
Last season was as uneven as they
come for Morrice. The Orioles
busted out the gate winning their
first four games. But the team lost
their final five games to finish
with a losing record. The shift was
a radical one on both sides of the
ball. In those four wins, Morrice
outscored its opponents, 150-34.
In the five defeats, they were
outscored, 213-20. Finding consistency will be the key to a winning
season in 2013.

TURNING POINT
Since Brad Long took over in
2007, Morrice has battled through
tough times going 10-44. However, it’s clearly a team that is steadily building. Its four wins in 2012
were nearly half of the total for
Long’s tenure. If Morrice is going
to turn the corner, this will be the
season. The Orioles have seven
starters back on offense and
defense and return a strong
senior class. This is the season the
program has been waiting for.

FAVORABLE SCHEDULE
While coaches will tell you every
game is a tough one, the schedule
broke right for Morrice this season. The Orioles avoid playing
conference rival New Lorthop,
which went 10-1 last season.
Morrice also has its two potentially toughest games — Flint Hamady and Byron — at home. A favorable schedule guarantees nothing, but Morrice isn’t complaining
about how things shaped up.

ON THE LINE
Morrice has 14 starters returning
and most of them will be along
the offensive and defensive lines.
Included are OL/DT Connor
Green, OL Mark Copeland, OL/DE
Hayden Jackson, OL Joe Wesley,
TE/DE Joe Gutting and DE Xavier
Martin. Having them all return
should keep the pressure off of
quarterback Jake Bindschatel and
open holes for running back
Connor Riley.
— David Cassilo

NO. NAME POSITION...YEAR
2 Jake Bindschatel ................................QB/CB...sr.*
3 Ronnie Hubble ...................................WR/FS...sr.+
4 Garett Brown .......................................WR/CB...sr.
5 Connor Riley ........................................RB/LB...sr.*
20 Xavier Martin .....................................RB/LB...jr.*
21 Kevin McWhiter ..................................TE/DE...sr.
28 Jake Rivers .........................................FB/LB...so.+
30 J.D. Eva ................................................RB/CB...jr.+
32 Jesse Watz ..........................................RB/LB...jr.+
33 Dallas Edington ...................................RB/CB...jr.
40 Matt Morneau .....................................FB/LB...jr.
51 Connor Green ...................................OL/DL...sr.*
52 Taylor Zachar .......................................OL/DL...jr.
53 Hayden Jackson ...............................OL/DL...sr.*
54 Mark Copeland ................................OL/DL...sr.*
55 Joe Wesley ........................................OL/LB...so.*
64 Hayden Bradberry .............................OL/DL...sr.
65 Kole Riley ............................................OL/LB...so.
74 Shane Wroe .........................................OL/DL...sr.
82 Josh McGahey ...................................WR/CB...sr.
88 Joe Gutting ........................................TE/DE...sr.*
* returning starters (7 on offense, 7 on defense)
+ top contributors (more at LSJ.com)

Senior Mark Copeland (left) helps on a
sack against Webberville. LSJ FILE

Perry Ramblers

LAST YEAR

3-4 in the GAC Red
(fourth place), 4-5 overall

Alma Panthers
COACH

SCHEDULE
Thu. 8/29 ......................................................LAINGSBURG
Fri. 9/6 ............................................................*GOODRICH
Fri. 9/13 ......................................................................LESLIE
Fri. 9/20 ..................................................*FLINT BEECHER
Fri. 9/27 ...........................*MOUNT MORRIS JOHNSON
Fri. 10/4 ............................................................*at Durand
Fri. 10/11 ..................................................*at Lake Fenton
Fri. 10/18 ...........................*MONTROSE HILL-MCCLOY
Fri. 10/25 ........................................................at Ovid-Elsie

COACH

Perry's Braden Finch (23) tries to stay in
bounds as he runs along the sidelines.
COURTESY PHOTO

FOURCAST

ROSTER
NO. NAME ................................POSITION...YEAR
2 Josh Curtis ......................................................RB/DB…jr.
3 Andrew Warren ....................................WR/FS/K…sr.+
5 Lucas Tallent ...............................................RB/DB…sr.*
6 D.J.Rodgers ............................................TE/OLB/P…jr.+
7 Dakota Hart ............................................QB/OLB…sr.*
9 Tyler Wibert ...................................................RB/LB…jr.
11 Jeremy Houlroyd-Wilson ........................TE/CB…jr.+
12 D.J. Kilz ..........................................................RB/LB…jr.
22 Dillon Brooks .........................................RB/OLB…sr.*
23 Braden Finch .............................................TE/CB…sr.*
24 Drew Edington ........................................RB/DB…sr.*
30 Kenny Polhemus ......................................RB/LB…sr.*
32 Kris Bentley ..............................................RB/DB…sr.*
50 Cody Proudfoot ......................................OG/DL…sr.*
51 Alex Proudfoot .......................................OG/DT…sr.*
52 Tyler Lauer ..................................................OG/LB…jr.
53 Cody Scheberl .............................................OL/LB…sr.
54 Bryan Witte ................................................OG/DT…jr.
55 P.J.Tharnish ..................................................OL/LB…jr.
56 Isaac Bancroft ................................................C/LB…jr.
60 Collin Powell ..............................................OT/DT…sr.
62 Sam Cairns ................................................OT/OLB…jr.
64 Justin Figueras ............................................OL/DT…jr.
72 Eddie Bentley .............................................OT/DT…jr.
73 Mike Velting ..................................................C/DT…sr.
75 Jebidiah Spencer .....................................OT/DT…sr.*
* returning starters (7 on offense, 7 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

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4-3 in TVC Central
(fourth place), 5-4 overall

ROSTER

JEFF INGERSOLL

NO. NAME .......................POSITION...YEAR

• Age: 53
• Playing experience: St.
Louis 1976-77
• Coaching experience: Alma
2009-present
• Career record: 23-17
• Full-time job: Alma High assistant principal
• Assistant coaches: Randy Lark, Dan Falor, Steve
Humm, Paul Seeley

SCHEDULE
Thu. 8/29 ............................................................at Ionia
Fri. 9/6 .........................................................*FREELAND
Fri. 9/13 .......................*MIDLAND BULLOCK CREEK
Fri. 9/20 .......................................................*HEMLOCK
Fri. 9/27 ..............................*at Saginaw Swan Valley
Fri. 10/4 ....................................................*CHESANING
Fri. 10/11 ..................................................*at Ovid-Elsie
Fri. 10/18 ..................................................*at Shepherd
Fri. 10/25 .....................................................(open date)

FOURCAST

OFFENSIVE LINE A STRENGTH
Led by all-area, all-league Western Michigan
University commitment Curtis Doyle, the offensive
line figures to be a team strength for the Panthers. Third-year starting running back/slot receiver Austin Coleman should be the main beneficiary
of the talent up front.
EXPERIENCE SHORT IN KEY POSITIONS
The success the Panthers experience this fall will
be determined in large part by how quickly its
rookie quarterback, wide receivers and linebackers mature. But Ingersoll likes the leadership and
team chemistry he’s seen as the team seeks to
come together.
NARROW PLAYOFF MISS
Alma barely missed making the playoffs for a
third straight year when the 5-2 Panthers lost
30-20 at Midland Bullock Creek and 26-21 to
Lansing Catholic in their final two regular-season
games last fall. Alma made the playoffs the two
previous seasons while finishing 9-3 in 2011 and
6-4 in 2010. Previous playoff appearances came in
1986, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006 and 2007.

1 Cody Clark ................................................DB/WR...sr.
2 Jared Peterman ......................................DL/RB...jr.+
3 Tyler Minnick ......................................OLB/WR...sr.*
4 Aidan Love-Kunkel ...............................QB/DB...jr.+
5 Austin Coleman .............................DB/RB/WR...sr.*
7 Boyd Hubbard .................................DB/WR/RB...jr.*
8 Jalen Pereida ............................................WR/DB...jr.
11 Justin Doyle ....................................WR/DB/QB...so.
12 Shae Nelson ............................................LB/TE...sr.*
13 Corban Buckner ....................................WR/DB...jr.
15 Matt Young .........................................WR/DB...sr.*
16 Nick Mellinger .......................................WR/DB...jr.
21 Damian Castillo .....................................WR/DB...jr.
22 Chance Allen ............................................TE/DL...jr.
24 Jonny Goulette ....................................RB/DB...sr.*
25 Michael Pannill ..................................RB/DL/LB...jr.
31 Grant Fitzgerald ..................................RB/DB...sr.+
40 James Berry ...........................................WR/DB...sr.
50 Preston Shirely .......................................TE/DL...so.
52 Slade Martin ..........................................LB/OL...jr.+
56 Chris Roethlisberger ..............................C/LB...sr.+
58 Brendyn Lott ..........................................LB/OL...jr.+
62 Mackenzie Rauschenberger ................DL/OL...jr.
64 Stone Austin ............................................OL/DL...jr.
73 Clayton Carr ..........................................OL/DL...sr.*
74 Adrian Davis ............................................OL/DL...jr.
75 Curtis Doyle ...........................................OL/DL...sr.*
78 Bryce Patton ..........................................OL/LB...sr.*
79 Zach DeGroft ..........................................OL/DL...sr.
81 Malcolm Davis .......................................WR/DB...sr.
82 Todd Lovas .............................................WR/DB...jr.
88 Brevan Bender .................................WR/DB/K...so.
* returning starters (7 on offense, 5 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

NON-LEAGUE IMPORTANT
Ingersoll picks Saginaw Swan Valley to unseat
defending champion Hemlock and be challenged
by Freeland and Bullock Creek in the TVC Central.
So the Panthers may need to win their opener
against Ionia (Alma won 48-28 in 2012), as well as
their season finale (if they can secure an opponent
for Oct. 25) if they hope to make the playoffs.

— Dick Hoekstra

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HOME COOKING
Perry will play six of its nine games at home.
Having the extra support from the crowd will be
necessary, as the team plays an extremely tough
schedule. Four teams from the conference made
the postseason last year, and it will take a lot for
the Ramblers to finish near the top of the league
this year. The team’s record after its first five games
(all of which are at home) should determine if the
postseason is a possibility.
BATTLE TESTED
The Ramblers have 14 starters back from 2012. It’s a
balanced group, too, as they will have seven
returnees on each side of the ball. A terrific senior
class gives coach Rob Porritt his best team in his
three seasons at Perry. Having so many players
back should help the team build on its respectable
4-5 record from last season.
IN THE TRENCHES
The team’s strength will be along the offensive
and defensive lines. The duo of Alex and Cody
Proudfoot will lock down the offensive guard and
defensive tackle positions. Meanwhile, returning
tackle Jebidiah Spencer might have been the
team’s best offensive lineman by the end of the
2012 season. With those three on the line, Perry
should have time to pass and to find room for the
running game.
HART AND SOUL
No player is more important to Perry’s success than
senior Dakota Hart. The quarterback threw for
1,000 yards and rushed for 315 in 2012. This season
he’ll also be playing outside linebacker on defense,
where he projects as the team’s best player on that
side of the ball. He’s the guy to keep an eye on to
make big plays for the Ramblers.
— David Cassilo

ROB PORRITT
• Age: 45
• Playing experience: Haslett
1983-84, Albion College 1985-89
• Coaching experience: Perry
2011-present
• Career record: 6-12
• Full-time job: Haslett High
English teacher
• Assistant coaches: Mitch McManus, Tim
Beebe, Patrick Dunn, Chad Curtis, Jeff Bott, Kirt
Wilson, Nick King, A.J. Rahar, Bob Porritt, John
McGraw, Joe Cronk

LAST YEAR

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Ovid-Elsie Marauders

LAST YEAR

2-5 in TVC Central
(sixth place), 3-6 overall

FOURCAST

ON THE LINE
Ovid-Elsie returns three offensive linemen and
three defensive linemen to the varsity this
season and depth at interior line will be a
strength. Senior Skyler Cramer played guard
last season but will move to center. Senior
tackle Eric Smith and senior guard Zach Swartz
are both in their third years on the varsity.
Defensively, Cramer will move down to defensive tackle after playing linebacker last year,
with Smith and senior Luke Alexander handling the defensive end spots. This will help
O-E be more physical at the point of attack.
A LOT OF LUCKHURST
It’s always a positive sign for an offense when
the leading rusher from the previous season
returns and O-E has that benefit this season.
Junior fullback Chris Luckhurst will hope to
build off of a successful sophomore campaign
and is now up to 205 pounds, making him a
punishing back when running between the
tackles.
OFFENSE NEEDED
The Marauders managed just 13.4 points per
game last season and scored less than 10 points
in four of their nine games. They’ll need to be
better at finishing drives, having come up
empty in the red zone several times last season.
Outside of Luckhurst, most of the skill position
players will be inexperienced, but Long feels
the group will be solid. Junior Ken Ordway and
sophomore Devon Kelley will be the running
backs opposite Luckhurst, and sophomore
Keaghan Sutliff will be the quarterback.
ALEXANDER THE GREAT
One of the five returning players on offense
for the Marauders is senior tight end Alexander, who Long says has great size and awareness. He can be a solid receiving option for the
offense and his 230-pound frame will give O-E
an extra blocker up front on rushing plays.
Other than 265-pound junior Richard Olger,
Alexander will be the largest body O-E can put
up front.

SCHEDULE
Thu. 8/29 .................................................at Portland
Fri. 9/6 ..................................................*CHESANING
Fri. 9/13 ..................................................*at Hemlock
Fri. 9/20 .......................*SAGINAW SWAN VALLEY
Fri. 9/27 .......................*at Midland Bullock Creek
Fri. 10/4 ................................................*at Shepherd
Fri. 10/11 ..........................................................*ALMA
Fri. 10/18 .................................................*FREELAND
Fri. 10/25 ...........................................................PERRY

ROSTER

Ovid-Elsie’s Skyler Cramer (51) closes in on Portland’s Caleb Hickling (22). The teams
meet again in their opener on Thursday at Portland. LSJ FILE

COACH
TRAVIS LONG
• Age: 34
• Playing experience:
Ovid-Elsie 1995-96
• Coaching experience:
Ovid-Elsie 2010-present
• Career record: 14-14
• Full-time job: Ovid-Elsie
High physical education teacher
• Assistant coaches: Jeremy Palus, Brad
Sutliff, Freddie Willbanks

Ovid-Elsie defenders surround and bring
down Portland running back Justin
Goodman last season. LSJ FILE

— Denny Schwarze

NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
2 Dylan Ralph .............................................FL/CB...jr.
10 Travis Delaney ....................................FL/CB...jr.+
11 Keaghan Sutliff ...............................QB/LB...so.+
12 Austin Loynes .....................................QB/FS...jr.*
15 Ben Stilwell .......................................TE/DE...so.+
20 Luke Alexander .................................TE/DE...jr.*
21 Devon Kelley ....................................TB/CB...so.+
24 Hunter Alexander .............................RB/SS...jr.+
30 Ethan Melzer ........................................FB/LB...jr.
32 Ken Ordway ........................................TB/FS...jr.+
33 Brandon Meisel .................................FB/LB...jr.*
34 Chris Luckhurst ..................................FB/LB...jr.*
40 Sawyer Astle .............................................P/K...jr.
50 Zach Swartz ......................................OG/DT...jr.*
51 Skyler Cramer ....................................OC/DT...jr.*
52 James Wilber ..................................OT/NG...so.+
54 Garett Andersen .............................OG/DT...jr.+
55 Haiden West .....................................OG/DT...jr.+
58 Collin Freeman .................................OT/DT...jr.+
60 Eric Smith ...........................................OT/DE...jr.*
61 Tyler Skriba ........................................OT/DT...jr.+
62 Richard Olger ....................................OT/DT...jr.+
68 Marcus Medina ................................OG/LB...jr.+
72 Andrew Bosom ...................................OT/DT...jr.
74 Alex Koyne ........................................OC/DT...jr.+
76 Chris Fowler .......................................................jr.
77 Kris Hennings ......................................OT/DT...jr.
79 Kalin Crittenden ..............................OT/DE...jr.+
81 Malachi Cauthen .................................TE/DE...jr.
82 Aaron Bush .........................................TE/LB...jr.+
84 Matt Stevens ......................................TE/DE...jr.+
* returning starters (5 offense, 6 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

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Ithaca Yellowjackets

LAST YEAR

7-0 in TVC West (first
place), 14-0 overall

SCHEDULE

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Thu. 8/29 ...........................................WILLIAMSTON
Fri. 9/6 .................................................*at St. Charles
Fri. 9/13 .........................................*at Breckenridge
Fri. 9/20 .......................................................*MERRILL
Fri. 9/27 ...............................................*at Carrollton
Fri. 10/4 ..............*SAGINAW VALLEY LUTHERAN
Fri. 10/11 ..............................*at Saginaw Michigan
.....................................................Lutheran Seminary
Fri. 10/18 ....................................................*ST. LOUIS
Fri. 10/25 ................................................at Shepherd

COACH
TERRY HESSBROOK
• Age: 45
• Playing experience: Ithaca 1982-84, Olivet College
1985-88
• Coaching experience:
Blanchard Montabella 1991-95,
Ithaca 2004-present
• Career record: 89-60 overall, 87-17 at
Ithaca
• Full-time job: Ithaca High athletic director/
physical education teacher
• Assistant coaches: Brad Showers, Craig
Snyder, Todd Hessbrook, Noah Moomey, Craig
Fenn, John Mimranek, Josh Rayburn, Justin
Seaman, Andrew Snoblen, Luke Kanine, Brandon Gennette

ROSTER

Wide receiver/defensive back Logan Hessbrook (26) took over at quarterback in the state title game when starter Travis Smith was
injured and helped lead the Yellowjackets to victory. He returns as a two-way starter. LSJ FILE

FOURCAST

LOW NUMBERS
Ithaca returns just four starters on offense and
three on defense. A small junior class has
forced coach Terry Hessbrook to bring up a
number of sophomores to the varsity. However, the last three seasons the Yellowjackets
have made a living out of filling in holes with
kids who have been waiting for their chance
to contribute. Smith taking the reins from
former Ithaca and current Central Michigan
quarterback Alex Niznak is just one of many
examples.
TWO-WAY STANDOUT
Senior Logan Hessbrook showed just how
valuable he was when Smith was injured in
last year’s Division 6 state final against Constantine. Without missing a beat, Hessbrook
stepped in at quarterback and led the team to
the title. The first team all-TVC West selection
from last year will remain in the offense as a
back with Smith back at quarterback, but he’s
also an imposing defensive back at 6-3, 200
pounds. Hessbrook will lead a relatively inexperienced defense with linebackers Rickey
King and Seth Capen.
— Denny Schwarze

Quarterback Travis Smith, who is
committed to play in college at Toledo,
scores against Williamston. LSJ FILE

August 28, 2013

THE ULTIMATE WEAPON
Senior quarterback Travis Smith has not lost as
a starting quarterback for the Ithaca varsity,
entering this season with a 27-0 record. A
threat both passing and rushing, the Toledo
commit was first team all-state last year in
Division 6. Expect him to put up huge numbers
again in a spread offense that averaged more
than 48 points per game last season and may
be relied on even more with a new receiving
corps.
THE STREAK
The Yellowjackets, who will take the field for
their 100th year of football this season, have
won 42 straight games dating back to 2010.
Their last loss came to Montague in the 2009
Division 6 semifinals. The current streak is the
longest in Michigan history during the playoff
era. With three more victories, Ithaca would
move into second place for the longest winning streak in the history of Michigan high
school football. Hudson won 72 consecutive
games from 1968-75.

NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
2 Travis Smith ........................................QB/DB...sr.*
3 Alex Vanderploeg .........................................K...sr.
5 Myles Waldron ..................................WR/OLB...jr.
7 Jacob Smith ...............................QB/WR/DB...so.+
8 Eli Villalobos ......................................WR/DB...sr.+
10 Jacob Pierce ..................................................K...jr.
12 Spence DeMull .................................WR/DB...so.
14 Josh Hafner ...............................WR/DB/KR...sr.+
22 Jonah Loomis ...................................WR/DL...so.
24 Ryan Buckley ....................................WR/DB...so.
25 Aaron Barnes ..................................RB/OLB...so.
26 Logan Hessbrook ....................WR/DB/QB...sr.*
34 Dallas Reeser ......................................RB/LB...jr.+
40 Bryan Shaw ........................................RB/LB...sr.*
44 Jace Demenov ..................................WR/DL...so.
52 Seth Capen ........................................OL/LB...sr.*
54 Noah Slater ..........................................OL/DL...jr.
55 Derek Teed .........................................OL/DL...so.
60 Ryan Cameron ....................................OL/DL...sr.
61 Rodrigo Garcia ....................................OL/DL...jr.
63 Tyler Welch ..........................................OL/DL...sr.
64 Donald Carl .........................................OL/DL...sr.
66 Grant Mills .........................................OL/DL...sr.*
70 Rickey King ........................................OL/LB...sr.*
72 Liam Morgan ....................................OL/DL...sr.+
78 Curtis Ackels ....................................OL/DL...so.+
80 Joe Whitaker ..................................WR/OLB...sr.
* returning starters (4 on offense,
3 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

42

Maple Valley Lions

LAST YEAR

3-6 overall and in the
KVA (sixth place)

6-3 in KVA (fourth
place), 7-4 overall

SCHEDULE

COACH

SCHEDULE

Thu. 8/29 .......................................................*OLIVET
Fri. 9/6 .......................................*at Delton Kellogg
Fri. 9/13 ...........................................*at Constantine
Fri. 9/20 .......................*KALAMAZOO CHRISTIAN
Fri. 9/27 .....................*BATTLE CREEK PENNFIELD
Fri. 10/4 ..............................................*at Parchment
Fri. 10/11 ...........*at Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic
Fri. 10/18 ..........................*GALESBURG-AUGUSTA
Fri. 10/25 .........................................*SCHOOLCRAFT

BRIAN LINCOLN
• Age: 38
• Playing experience:
Olivet High School 1991-92,
Olivet College 1993-94
• Coaching experience:
Maple Valley 2009-present
• Career record: 7-29
• Full-time job: Maple Valley math teacher
• Assistant coaches: Steve Hopkins, Ryan
Hickey, Trent Harvey, Scott Johnson, Jeff Fisher, Paul Adrianson, Kevin Stewart, David Wyman

Thu. 8/29 .......................................*at Maple Valley
Fri. 9/6 .............................*at Kalamazoo Christian
Fri. 9/13 ...........................................*SCHOOLCRAFT
Fri. 9/20 ............*at Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic
Fri. 9/27 ..............................................*PARCHMENT
Fri. 10/4 ..............................*at Galesburg-Augusta
Fri. 10/11 ....................*BATTLE CREEK PENNFIELD
Fri. 10/18 ..........................................*CONSTANTINE
Fri. 10/25 ...................................*at Delton Kellogg

Maple Valley’s
Anthony Mahler
(2) pursues a
Battle Creek
Pennfield ball
carrier. Mahler is
one of 14
returning
starters for the
Lions. BATTLE
CREEK ENQUIRER

FOURCAST

August 28, 2013

Olivet Eagles

LAST YEAR

THOSE WERE THE DAYS
After their glory years in the 1990s and early
2000s, the Lions have endured hard times of
late, going seven years without a winning
record. That may change this year, even in the
tough KVA, with a solid core of experience
returning from their improved 3-6 team from
last year.
VETERAN O-LINE
Four of the five starters on last year’s offensive
line return, all seniors, led by guards Zack
Rosenburger (5-11, 260) and Storm Ewing (5-8,
240). With improved team speed and junior QB
Beau Johnson coming back for his second year
under center, Maple Valley should feel confident on offense.
TESTED OUT OF THE GATE
The Lions will learn much about their team in
the season opener, at home against arch-rival
Olivet. The Eagles have won four of the past
five meetings, including a 41-8 drubbing in last
year’s opener at Western Michigan from which
the Lions never really recovered. Gaining
revenge for that defeat could set up a much
different season in 2013.
A NEW LEAGUE
This will be the Lions’ last year in the KVA, as
they leave after this school year to help form
the new Greater Lansing Athletic Conference
with Lakewood, Lansing Christian, Leslie, Perry
and Stockbridge, although Lansing Christian
does not field a football team.
— Scott Yoshonis

ROSTER
NO. NAME .........................POSITION...YEAR
2 Anthony Mahler ...............................WR/DB...sr.*
3 Beau Johnson ......................................QB/LB...jr.*
4 Zach Wolcott ..........................................RB/DB...jr.
6 Dylan Kennedy ....................................RB/LB...sr.*
7 Seth Feasel ............................................WR/DB...jr.
10 Austin Gonser ..................................WR/DB...sr.*
17 Tad Mead ............................................WR/DB...sr.
20 Tanner Brownell .................................RB/DB...jr.
21 Ryan Mudge ......................................WR/LB...jr.+
23 Gunner Tobias ...................................RB/DB...jr.+
27 Corey Turner ......................................RB/DB...jr.+
32 Daniel Langman .............................WR/DL...sr.*
50/88 Marcum Terpening ..................TE/LB …so.+
52 Wesley Bastien ....................................OL/DL...sr.
53 Zack Rosenberger ...........................OG/DL...sr.*
57 Alec Hosmer ........................................OG/DL...jr.
65 Storm Ewing .....................................OG/DL...sr.*
69 Austin Creller ................................OL/OD …so.+
70 Tyler Kersjes .........................................OL/DL...sr.
72 Lawrence Zamarron ........................OL/DL...sr.+
73 Christopher Snook .............................OL/DL...sr.
74 Travis Franks ......................................OT/LB...sr.*
75 Jeremy Fisher .......................................C/DL...sr.*
78/82 Cole Decker ...................................TE/DL...jr.+
79 Russell Billings ....................................OL/OD...sr.
* returning starters (8 offense, 6 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

COACH

Olivet’s Brett Whitely (2), Shane Loney and
Joe Barr (right) team up for a tackle last
season. BATTLE CREEK ENQUIRER

FOURCAST

OUTSIDE EXPERIENCE
One of the strengths of this year’s Eagles will
be their experience at receiver. Senior wideouts Tyler Masters and Joe Barr, along with
junior tight end Ryan Tennant, are all returning starters, providing pleanty of options for
senior quarterback Rob Funk.
HOME SWEET HOME
Olivet will have a bit of an advantage in its
schedule this season. Although the Eagles
have just four home games, three of them will
be against the three teams — Schoolcraft,
Battle Creek Pennfield and Constantine — that
finished ahead of them in the KVA last year.
None of the five teams that they will face on
the road had a winning record last season.
BIG SHOES TO FILL
Olivet will have to find a way to replace allarea running back Nick Coolidge and LSJ
Dream Team tackle Don Kyre. Kyre will play at
the next level when he takes the field for
Central Michigan University.
FAMILY FEUD
When the Eagles take the field for their season
opener against arch-rival Maple Valley, Priddy’s first game in charge, he will see a familiar
face across the field. Lions coach Brian Lincoln
and he are brothers-in-law, promising for a
lively conversation over their traditionally
shared Sunday dinner. Furthermore in the
irony department, both will be coaching
against their respective alma maters. Priddy
played at Maple Valley from 1991-94, and
Lincoln played at Olivet in 1991-92.
— Scott Yoshonis

GABE PRIDDY
• Age: 36
• Playing experience:
Maple Valley 1991-94, Albion
College 1995-97
• Coaching experience:
First year as coach
• Career record: 0-0
• Full-time job: Olivet health and physical
education teacher
• Assistant coaches: Dean Peters, Bob
Burcaw, Brock Peters, Matt Rohde, Chad Loveless, Brandon Peters, Larry Fisk, Matt Rabakon,
Steve Priddy

ROSTER
NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
2 Shane Loney .................................................RB/LB...sr.*
3 Deion Feldpausch .......................................WR/DB...jr.
4 Joe Barr .......................................................WR/DB...sr.*
5 Rob Funk .....................................................QB/DB...sr.*
6 Ben Turner ......................................................RB/DB...jr.
7 Nate Barnes ..................................................RB/LB...jr.+
9 Tate McCarn ...............................................WR/DB...jr.+
10 Russ Pliley ...............................................WR/DB/K...sr.
11 Tyler Masters ............................................WR/DB...sr.*
21 Dylan Coolidge .........................................RB/DB...sr.*
23 Ryzer Zaremba ..........................................WR/DB...sr.
24 Preston Willavize ......................................WR/DB...jr.
30 Jordan Sinclair ..........................................TE/DE...sr.+
40 Dylan Sinclair .............................................RB/LB...jr.+
42 Austin Sadler ................................................TE/LB...jr.
54 Malachi Salyers .........................................OL/DL...jr.+
56 Chase McGill ..............................................OL/LB...sr.*
57 Hunter Hoffman ......................................OL/DE...jr.+
58 Kiv Kramer ................................................OL/DE...sr.+
60 Jake Emery ...................................................OL/DE...jr.
64 Levi Aden ......................................................OL/DL...jr.
65 Austin Loyd .................................................OL/DL...sr.
66 Cam Hisler .....................................................OL/LB...jr.
67 Austin Bugbee ............................................OL/DL...sr.
68 Craig Byron ..................................................OL/DE...jr.
70 Jacob Vaughn .............................................OL/DL...sr.
71 Austin Smith ................................................OL/DL...sr.
72 Jarred Calkins ..............................................OL/DL...sr.
74 Ashley Harmison .................................................K...jr.
75 Cory Frazier ...............................................OL/DL...sr.+
77 Todd Candelaria .......................................OL/DL...sr.*
85 Ryan Tennant ............................................TE/DE...jr.*
* returning starters (6 on defense, 5 on offense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

Ashley Bears

LAST YEAR

0-5 in MSAC South
(sixth place), 4-5 overall

SCHEDULE

43

Thu. 8/29 .........................at North Adams-Jerome
Fri. 9/6 ........................*BIG RAPIDS CROSSROADS
Sat. 9/14 ........*at Traverse City Christian (1 p.m.)
Fri. 9/20 ....*MOUNT PLEASANT SACRED HEART
Fri. 9/27 ...............................................*at Vestaburg
Fri. 10/4 ..................................................*at Coleman
Fri. 10/11 .................*BLANCHARD MONTABELLA
Fri. 10/18 .............................*at Carson City-Crystal
Fri. 10/25 .......................................*BRECKENRIDGE

COACH
FRED PEACOCK
• Age: 63
• Playing experience:
Monroe 1965
• Coaching experience: Big
Rapids Crossroads 2012
• Career record: 0-9
• Full-time job: Retired teacher
• Assistant coaches: Dave Ostrander, Kevin
Saylor, Bryan Melville, Jim Fabus

ROSTER

Ashley’s Klayton Kremer tries to pull down Carson City-Crystal quarterback Hunter Clark. The Bears went 4-0 against MSAC North
schools a year ago but finished 0-5 versus league rivals in the MSAC South. LSJ FILE

FOURCAST

SMALL BUT SOLID
The Bears have just 16 players on
the roster, but 11 have starting
experience. The offense should be
in especially good shape, with
three linemen back in senior Cole
Farrier, junior Dustin Harris and
sophomore Bailey Felton. The
three returning linemen are all
less than 240 pounds, however.
Three ball carriers also return in
seniors Kaleb Bradley and Klayton
Kramer and junior Mitch Burlingame.

CRASH COURSE
Peacock feels his team may need
some time to understand and
execute a new offensive scheme.
However, the first three games
should offer a good opportunity
to accomplish some of that. The
Bears face North Adams-Jerome,
Crossroads Christian and Traverse
City Christian, and while two of
those games will be on the road,
Ashley beat the three opponents
by a combined score of 104-6 last
season.

DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENTS
Ashley gave up 357 points in nine
games during the 2011 season, the
most they had allowed as a unit
since 1995. They rebounded last
year, allowing a little less than 28
points per game and 251 for the
season. The Bears will return their
entire front line, two linebackers
and four defensive backs, so the
defense should be positioned to
make continued progress. Bradley
and junior Domingo Gutierrez,
who also is the team’s quarterback,
anchor the secondary.

Ashley’s Cole Farrier does double duty as a
lineman
and then a saxophone player in
— Denny Schwarze
the marching band at halftime. LSJ FILE

August 28, 2013

NEW LEADER
Fred Peacock moved over to
Ashley after coaching Big Rapids
Crossroads in 2012. The Bears
defeated Peacock’s former team
48-0 when the two played last
season and they will play again on
Sept. 6. Peacock has 15 years of
experience in coaching and was
the junior varsity coach at Breckenridge and the freshmen coach
at Howard City Tri-County before
moving on to Big Rapids Crossroads. This will be the third coach
in as many seasons for Ashley.

NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
1 Austin Edel ...........................................TE/LB...so.*
3 Gabe Saylor .............................................WR/S...fr.
5 Daniel Beebe ...........................................WR/S...fr.
7 Kaleb Bradley ......................................RB/CB...sr.*
10 Domingo Gutierrez .........................QB/CB...jr.*
20 Trevin Gavenda ................................WR/S...so.*
23 Mitch Burlingame ............................RB/CB...jr.*
33 Klayton Kramer ................................RB/LB...sr.*
55 Cole Farrier ........................................OL/DL...sr.*
62 Bailey Felton ....................................OL/DL...so.*
64 Colton Swanchara .............................OL/DL...fr.
74 Zac Kremer .........................................OL/DL...so.
76 Corey Turner ......................................OL/DL...so.
78 Dustin Harris ......................................OL/DL...jr.*
82 Caleb Beebe ..........................................WR/S...fr.
84 Daniel Beebe ........................................WR/S...fr.
85 Cole Welch ........................................WR/S...so.*
* returning starters (6 offense, 5 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

44

Carson City-Crystal Eagles

LAST YEAR

FOURCAST

FINE MSAC SOUTH DEBUT
The Eagles went 4-1 in their first season in the
Mid-State Athletic Conference South Division,
and compiled a 7-3 record that included their
second playoff appearance and first since 1999.
The coach who led Carson City-Crystal to that
notable achievement, Jason Gray, left to take
the head football coaching position at Chesaning — which is much closer to his Owosso
home — in February.
DOUBLE DUTY
Devin Pringle, the principal and former athletic director at Carson City-Crystal, is taking over
as head football coach again. He tried serving
as athletic director and football coach together in 2006 after coaching at Waverly for six
years. When he became principal, he decided
to give up coaching. He’s back to see if he can
manage the same double that Ashley principal
Michael Allison tried a year ago but didn’t try
again this fall. Pringle was the coach who led
CC-C to its first-ever playoff appearance in
1999. The Eagles won two playoff games that
year before losing in a regional final. A few
months later, Pringle left for Waverly.
TOUGHER SCHEDULE
Carson City-Crystal will face five teams that
had winning records in 2012, and Pringle
points out the Eagles have just one win in
eight seasons against a team with a winning
record.
GOOD LEADERSHIP
Pringle likes the leadership of returning starters Garner Cusack, Scott Postema and the rest
of the seniors. Cusack will turn over the quarterback duties to Rhett Pringle, a senior transfer from Haslett with “excellent arm strength
and sub 4.6 speed.” There are six returning
starters on offense and six on defense.

August 28, 2013

— Dick Hoekstra

SCHEDULE

4-1 in MSAC South (second Thu. 8/29 ..............................SAGINAW MICHIGAN
place), 7-3 overall

...............................................LUTHERAN SEMINARY
Fri. 9/6 .................................*MANISTEE CATHOLIC
Fri. 9/13 .....................................................at Baldwin
Fri. 9/20 ...............................................*at Vestaburg
Fri. 9/27 ...................................................*COLEMAN
Fri. 10/4 ........................*at Blanchard Montabella
Fri. 10/11 .........*at Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart
Fri. 10/18 .......................................................*ASHLEY
Fri. 10/25 ...............................................at Potterville

COACH
DEVIN PRINGLE
• Age: 46
• Playing experience:
Haslett 1983-84
• Coaching experience:
Waverly 2000-2005, Carson
City-Crystal 1996-99, 2006
• Career record: 40-61
• Full-time job: Carson City-Crystal principal
• Assistant coaches: Tim Stout, Jared Stone,
John Hessbrook, Ben Adkins, Randy Norton,
Ross Tabor, Bryan Lynch
Frank Smith, Gary Sweet, Roger Gooding

ROSTER

Carson City-Crystal’s Garner Cusak runs in for a successful two-point conversion against
Ashley. The Eagles finished in second place in their first year in the MSAC South. LSJ FILE

Carson City-Crystal's Garner Cusak hands off to Robert Failing against Ashley.
They are two of six returning starters on offense for the Eagles. LSJ FILE

NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
2 Garner Cusack ....................................RB/DB...sr.*
9 Dallas O’Green ..................................RB/DB...so.+
10 Rhett Pringle ....................................QB/DB...sr.+
12 Austin Hopkins ..................................TE/DL...jr.*
13 Jared Staff ...........................................TE/LB...jr.+
18 Jeremy Schneider .............................TE/DB...jr.+
23 Taylor Carter .....................................TE/DB...sr.+
24 Robert Failing ...................................RB/DB...sr.*
25 Arron Haines ....................................RB/DB...sr.*
30 Garrett Tabor ...................................RB/LB...so.+
34 Will Beedy ..........................................RB/DL...sr.*
41 Zach Pringle ....................................QB/DB...so.+
52 Thomas Turner .................................OL/DL...sr.*
54 Frank Smith ........................................OL/LB...jr.*
57 Scott Postema ...................................OL/LB...sr.*
58 Spencer Harwood ............................OL/DL...sr.*
60 Billy Fisk ..............................................OL/DL...sr.*
62 Mike McCrackin ...............................OL/LB...sr.+
68 Dakota O’Green ...............................OL/DL...jr.+
75 John Ferris ........................................OL/DL...so.+
76 Brad Osterman .................................OL/DL...sr.*
88 Skyler Love ............................................TE/LB...jr.
* returning starters (6 on offense,
6 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

Carson City-Crystal running back Robert
Failing gains yardage before getting
tackled by Ashley's Justin Angell. LSJ FILE

Leslie Blackhawks

LAST YEAR
8-2 overall as
independent

SCHEDULE

45

Thu. 8/29 ..........................................EATON RAPIDS
Fri. 9/6 ................................................STOCKBRIDGE
Fri. 9/13 ...........................................................at Perry
Fri. 9/20 ......................................................at Belding
Fri. 9/27 ..PARMA JACKSON COUNTY WESTERN
Fri. 10/4 .................................at Jackson Northwest
Thu. 10/12 .................................at Fremont (4 p.m.)
Fri. 10/18 .............................................................IONIA
Fri. 10/25 ......................................................at Fowler

COACH
WILL DERR
• Age: 44
• Playing experience: Ann
Arbor Pioneer 1984-86
• Coaching experience:
First year as coach
• Career record: 0-0
• Full-time job: Leslie High
social studies teacher
• Assistant coaches: George Manson, Tom
Shafer, Bob Kinney, Chris Bondsteel, Matt
Johns, Josh Gibbs

ROSTER

Leslie running back John Baughan (3) gains some yardage against Stockbridge last season. The former SMAA rivals will be in the same
league again next fall when the Greater Lansing Athletic Conference (GLAC) begins play. LSJ FILE

FOURCAST

Leslie wide
receiver Chase
Leonard (left) is
chased down by
Portland’s Kyle
Benjamin in a
Division 5 state
playoff game
last October. LSJ
FILE

wrinkles or variations, but there won’t be much
of a learning curve for the players. I’ll be stepping
out of my comfort zone a little by calling offensive plays, and we’ll have to juggle (responsibilities for) some of the staff. But a lot of us have
been here a long time, and we want to keep the
success going.”
NEW START
The Blackhawks return just one starter on offense
— running back John Baughan — and one on

defense — Joe King. But their 29-man roster contains
all juniors and seniors. Derr likes their enthusiasm,
athleticism at skilled positions, and how quickly the
players are picking up schemes and techniques.
COACH’S GOALS
Derr would like to see improvement in senior leadership and depth at all positions. “I expect these kids to
compete and take on the challenge presented each
week, with a new opponent, with enthusiasm.”
— Dick Hoekstra

August 28, 2013

PROMOTION FOR DERR
Will Derr, the 2012 Michigan High
School Football Coaches Association
Assistant Coach of the Year , takes
over this fall as head coach at Leslie.
He succeeds Scott Farley, who left to
become head coach at Jackson after
compiling a 117-80 record in 20 years
at Leslie that included 2007 state
semifinal and 2008 state final appearances. “I worked primarily with
the offensive line and linebackers,
but the coaches work with all of the
kids,” Derr said after he was hired.
“One of my responsibilities was
breaking down game film and making tendency sheets on the defensive
side of the ball.”
KEEP A GOOD THING GOING
The Blackhawks have compiled 8-3
and 8-2 records the past two seasons. “We have a tried and true
product, so we’ll keep a lot of things
the same on offense and defense,”
Derr said. “We’ll put in some new

NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
1 Caleb Rice .............................................RB/LB...sr.+
2 Steven Belknap ...................................WR/DB...jr.
3 John Baughan ....................................RB/DB...sr.*
6 Chase Leonard ....................................WR/DB...sr.
7 Josh Hayes ..........................................QB/DB...sr.+
11 Carson Riehl .....................................WR/DB...sr.+
12 Nick Teremi ..........................................RB/DB...jr.
15 Conner Morrell ...................................QB/DB...jr.
20 Joe King ..............................................RB/LB...sr.*
22 Mac Glassford .....................................RB/DB...sr.
23 Braydon Kinney ...............................RB/DB...jr.+
24 Joey Crow ...........................................TE/DE...jr.+
28 Lane Henderson ..................................RB/LB...sr.
32 Danny Wheeler ..................................RB/DB...jr.
33 Justin Six ...............................................RB/DB...sr.
41 Chad Mcghee .....................................WR/DL...jr.
51 Zach Dunn ..........................................OL/LB...jr.+
52 Allen Johnson ......................................OL/DL...jr.
56 Josh Babin ............................................OL/DL...sr.
60 Thomas McHugh .............................OL/DL...sr.+
63 Tayler Rodgers .................................OL/DL...sr.+
64 Logan Beach ........................................OL/DL...sr.
66 Trenton Pugh ......................................OL/DL...jr.
68 Trenton Donaldson ...........................OL/DL...sr.
72 Travis Ellsworth ...................................OL/DL...jr.
73 Matt Chalmers ....................................OL/DL...sr.
74 Gary Dekett .........................................OL/DL...sr.
75 Joe Jackson ..........................................OL/DL...jr.
81 Melissa Williams ................................WR/DB...jr.
* returning starters (1 on offense,
1 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

46

Portland St. Patrick Shamrocks

5-0 in SM8MFL (first
place), 11-1 overall

COACH
PAT RUSSMAN
• Age: 40
• Playing experience: St.
Patrick 1987-90, Olivet College 1991-94
• Coaching experience: St.
Patrick 2007-present
• Career record: 26-31
• Full-time job: St. Patrick athletic director,
middle school social studies teacher
• Assistant coaches: Al Schrauben, Tom
Thelen, Adam Schrauben, Alex Schrauben,
Ross Schneider

Thu. 8/29 ................................................at Engadine
Fri. 9/6 .........*ST. JOSEPH MICHIGAN LUTHERAN
Fri. 9/13 ..................................................*at Waldron
Sat. 9/21 .................................................*TEKONSHA
Fri. 9/27 .................................................*at Burr Oak
Sat. 10/5 .................................................*LITCHFIELD
Fri. 10/11 ..........................................*at Webberville
Fri. 10/18 .......................*BATTLE CREEK ST. PHILIP
Sat. 10/26 ..........CARSONVILLE-PORT SANILAC (1
p.m.)

ROSTER
St. Patrick’s John Carley,
now a senior, breaks
free for a touchdown
run. LSJ FILE

St. Patrick’s
Nathan
Kramer (left),
a senior wide
receiver, is
one of eight
returning
starters for
the
Shamrocks.

Portland St. Patrick quarterback/defensive back Jake Schneider
(right) intercepts a pass against Burr Oak last seasson. LSJ FILE

LSJ FILE

FOURCAST

SHAMROCKS ON THE GO
St. Patrick will begin ts second
year of 8-player football with an
epic road trip to Engadine in the
Upper Peninsula in the season
opener. Mapquest pegs the
round trip at 573 miles. Happily
for the Shamrocks and their
travel budget, other far-flung
opponents — St. Joseph Michigan
Lutheran and Carsonville-Port
Sanilac — will be home games.

SCHEDULE

LAST YEAR

LESS IS MORE
The Shamrocks’ first year of
8-player football was a rousing
success. The team went 11-1,
losing only in the state semifinals,
and outscoring its opponents by
an average of 54-21 in the regular
season. Those 11 wins were more
than the program had in the
previous four years combined
playing the 11-player game.

NEW FACES, NEW PLACES
Ten seniors graduated from the
2012 St. Patrick roster. Of the four
returning starters on offense,
only two will play the same position as last year — WR Nate
Kramer and OL Connor Hengesbach. St. Pats will have an all-new
offensive backfield, led by senior
QB Jake Schneider. Senior RB Paul
Carley was the Shamrocks’ center
last year.

BUDDING RIVALRY
Battle Creek St. Philip also took
part in 8-player football for the
first time last season, and the
Fighting Tigers were defeated by
St. Patrick three times, including a
wild 34-28 contest in the regional
finals. The two teams square off
just once this season, barring a
playoff matchup, in the league
finale in Week 8.

NO. NAME ........................POSITION...YEAR
1 Arthur Leik .............................................RB/DB...fr.
2 Jake Miller .........................................WR/DB...sr.+
3 Daniel Bosworth ...............................WR/DB...jr.+
4 John Carley ..........................................RB/DB...sr.+
5 Will Leik .................................................OL/DL...so.
6 Jerrid Pline ............................................QB/DB...fr.
7 Paul Carley ...........................................RB/LB…sr.*
10 Jake Schneider ................................QB/DB…sr.*
11 Joe Mackowiak .................................RB/DB...jr.+
12 Garrett Pline ....................................WR/DE ...so.
18 Nate Kramer ...................................WR/DB…sr.*
22 Nick Coyne .....................................WR/DE...so.+
28 Joe Weller ........................................RB/DB...so.+
30 Sam Hodge ..........................................RB/DB...fr.
34 Brady Lehman ..............................WR/DE…so.+
36 Connor Hengesbach .......................OL/DL…jr.*
40 Travis Moyer ....................................OL/DE...so.+
42 Noah Goodman .................................OL/DL...fr.
44 Blake Hodge ......................................OL/DL...so.
60 Daniel Wohlscheid ..........................OL/DL...sr.+
65 Tate Schrauben .................................OL/DL...so.
68 Matt Remboski ................................OL/DL...sr.+
69 Lynden Hoppes ...................................OL/DL...fr.
74 Fischer Klein ....................................OL/DL...so.+
75 Greg Doll ..............................................OL/DL...fr.
84 Sam Lauer ........................................WR/DB...sr.+
* returning starters (4 offense, 4 on defense)
+ other contributors (more on LSJ.com)

— Scott Yoshonis

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Webberville Spartans

LAST YEAR

0-9 overall and in GAC
Blue

SCHEDULE

47

Thu. 8/29 .............. CARSONVILLE-PORT SANILAC
Fri. 9/6 ................................................... *TEKONSHA
Sat. 9/14 .............. at Kinde-North Huron (1 p.m.)
Fri. 9/20 ................................................. *LITCHFIELD
Fri. 9/27 ................................................ *at Waldron
Fri. 10/4 ........................ *at Battle Creek St. Philip
Fri. 10/11 ........................ *PORTLAND ST. PATRICK
Fri. 10/18 ................................................ *BURR OAK
Fri. 10/25 ... *ST. JOSEPH MICHIGAN LUTHERAN

COACH
JOEL EMMONS
• Age: 36
• Playing experience:
Williamston 1993-95
• Coaching experience:
First year as coach
• Career record: 0-0
• Assistant coaches: Brad
VanSickler, Sean Wenger, Dylan Monette,
David Jelinek, Craig McGowan, Todd Coe Sr.

ROSTER

Webberville’s Jacob Hoisington and Kyle Reed (12) block an extra point attempt by Morrice kicker Josh Stambaugh last season.LSJ FILE

FOURCAST

SPEED KILLS
One of the signature features of 8-player football
is the open-field play that benefits quicker players. Speed is perhaps Webberville’s biggest
strength, which should be a reason to get excited
about this squad’s potential. Keep an eye on
Malik Turner, Kyle Oesterle and Jimmy Albin. All
have starting experience and all will see time as
receivers.
BALANCED ATTACK
Emmons is stressing to his players that he wants
to be able to make plays in the air and on the
ground. Travis Elowsky, a strong-armed quarterback, will be responsible for getting the ball to
the team’s talented receivers. Meanwhile, it will
be up to senior running back Jack Haite to move
the chains on the ground, although Emmons
believes the development of the run game might
take a little longer.
— David Cassilo

Webberville’s
Jake
Hoisington
tries to track
down Morrice
running back
Mike
Mortimore last
September.
The Spartans
have switched
to 8-player
football this
fall. LSJ FILE

August 28, 2013

A NEW FRONTIER
After having to cancel its season in 2012, the
Webberville football program comes back as an
8-player team. Guiding the transition will be
first-time head coach Joel Emmons, who played
at Williamston. The sport’s wide-open style of
play has interest up at the school, as it prepares
for its first season of a two-year commitment with
8-player. The new era opens at home Thursday.
YOUTH OVER EXPERIENCE
With the team ending its season early last year,
one of the biggest challenges will be getting
players used to playing a full schedule again. It’s a
young and inexperienced team, too, as just three
starters are back from last season. The youth is a
good thing, though, as a shortage of players was
why the program cancelled its season last year. If
these young players can develop quickly, Webberville could be a factor right away.

NO. NAME ....................... POSITION...YEAR
10 Travis Elowsky ................................. QB/DB....so.
11 Parker Tennant ............................... WR/DB...so.
15 Jared Eberly ....................................... WR/DB...jr.
22 Kyle Oesterle ................................. WR/DB...sr.*
24 Dalton Slaughter ............................... RB/LB...jr.
26 Jake Haite ............................................. RB/DB sr.
30 Jake Hoisington ............................ WR/DB...sr.+
32 Josh Burroughs .................................. OL/DL...jr.
44 Sam Holmes ........................................ OL/LB...jr.
61 Tim Hergenreder ................................ TE/DL...jr.
71 Trent Badgero .................................. OL/DL...jr.+
75 Ron Holbrook ..................................... OL/DL...jr.
80 Malik Turner .................................... WR/TE...jr.*
85 Jimmy Albin .................................... WR/LB...sr.*
* returning starters (3 offense, 3 on defense)
+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

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