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2018 High School Football Focus

By: Warren Mayes


Fort Zumwalt North senior linebacker Jaylin Vaughn pulls down Francis Howell senior wide receiver Bailey Ryan after a catch during a nonconference football game on Friday, August 24 at Fort Zumwalt North High School. [Eric Geise photography photo]

The Fort Zumwalt North Panthers are coming off their best-ever season, but coach Joe Bacon knows that was then. This is now.

Fort Zumwalt North ended 2017 with a sparkling 12-1 record. The Panthers won the Gateway Athletic Conference Central Division and captured the Class 5, District 3 title with a 24-7 win over Wentzville Timberland. The team followed that with a 42-7 win over Lebanon in the quarterfinals. However, their season came to an end with a 26-7 loss to Pattonville in the Class 5 state semifinals. Bacon, who is entering his 11th year as the Panthers’ head coach, has four starters back on offense and three on defense.

“Last season we earned the best record in our school’s history and captured our fourth consecutive conference and district titles,” Bacon said. “However, last season is over. This is about a new group of boys with their own goals, their own strengths and their own season to play out. The guys we’re counting on the most in this current group have bought into the offseason grind that is a must if you want a chance to be successful against top-tier teams.”

The Fort Zumwalt East Lions have six starters back on offense and five on defense. Coach Scott Eacret has senior quarterback Ben Watson back to run the pistol offense. Watson led the region last year with 39 touchdowns scored. He rushed for 2,217 yards and threw for 1,603 yards and 15 touchdowns.

The Fort Zumwalt West Jaguars are coming off an 8-3 season under coach Neil Nowack. Two Jaguars have Division I commitments: senior Brady Weeks will go to Minnesota and senior Jake Stern will play at Ball State.

The Orchard Farm Eagles, who went 6-5 last season, return eight starters on offense and seven on defense for coach Eric Schroer.

The Wentzville Timberland Wolves were 6-5 in 2017 and reached the third round of Class 5 postseason play. Coach Edward Gilreath has five starters back on both sides of the ball this fall.

St. Charles West coach Gary Strauss enters his 19th season as the head coach. His Warriors run the wishbone offense and have four starters back on offense from last year’s 6-6 team that reached the Class 3 district championship game. Five starters return on defense.

Charlie Elmendorf will be entering his 24th year as head coach at Duchesne. The Pioneers are coming off a 3-7 campaign.

Lutheran St. Charles Cougars finished 6-5 last season under coach Brandon Tripp. The Cougars will have co-head coaches this season. Tripp took over last season when former head coach Arlen Harris left to coach at IMG Academy in Florida. Harris returns to the Cougars after one season at the preparatory boarding school and sports training destination in Bradenton. It will be Harris’ third season as the head coach at Lutheran St. Charles.

At Francis Howell, Brent Chojnacki replaces former coach Cory Snyder, who left to become the athletic director at Westminster Christian Academy. Chojnacki comes to Howell from Hazelwood Central, where he coached for one year. He went 10-2 last fall. Eventual state champion CBC ended Hazelwood Central’s season. Chojnacki was an all-state offensive lineman and he played in college at Missouri State. After one season coaching at Bowling Green, Chojnacki returned as an assistant coach to Hazelwood Central and eventually was named the head coach.

Bob Leonard is the new coach at St. Charles, where he replaced Joe Leibner. Leonard was the head coach for eight years at St. Dominic and also coached at Troy Buchanan.

Two teams have swapped spots in conferences this season. Timberland has dropped into the Gateway Athletic Conference [GAC] Central Division and Holt moved up into the GAC South Division.

Here’s what the coaches have to say about their teams.

CHRISTIAN EAGLES

2017 record: 2-8. Finished last at 0-4 in Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division. Lost 52-28 to Mexico in first round of Class 3 postseason.

Coach: Andy Hare, entering 10th year as head coach

Assistant coaches: Kevin Folk, Mike McMullen, Glenn Huskey, Darrell Bine, Sam Dieckhaus, Steve Dieckhaus, Ron Carter, Randy Cochrum, Mike Heuer, James Hawkins and Todd Wunderlich

Returning starters: 7 offense; 7 defense

Captains: Braden Knoessel and Clay Culwell

Offense: Spread

Defense: 3-4

Players to watch: Senior LB Braden Knoessel, senior N/H/P Clay Culwell, senior OL/DL Hunter Chapman, senior OL/DL Tyler Caimi, senior WR/OLB Josh Rieger, junior OL/DL Anthony Dieshert, junior OLB Zori Dotson, junior LB Blake Heuer, junior FS Donovan Lloyd, junior WR Isaac McGee, sophomore WR/CB Sharrod Alexander, sophomore WR Kalin Black, sophomore CB Colby Bolden, sophomore WR/FS Chevy Brenson, sophomore OL/DL Cartrell Ecford-Green, sophomore OL/DL Dominic Edwin, sophomore RB/OLB Chris Futrell, sophomore OL/DL Collin Hutson, sophomore QB Kaden McMullen, sophomore RB/SS AJ Taylor, sophomore OL/DL Cole Wunderlich

Newcomer expected to contribute: Senior K Austin McNeil

Team strengths: Will be quick offensively and defensively and have solid special teams.

Goals: Play disciplined, aggressive football and win district.

Final thought: “The coaches are extremely excited about this season,” Hare said. “Our team has good senior leadership and quality players at each position.”

DUCHESNE PIONEERS

2017 record: 3-7. Finished third at 2-2 in Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division. Lost 46-38 to Lutheran St. Charles in first round of Class 4 postseason.

Coach: Charlie Elmendorf, entering 24th year as head coach

Assistant coaches: Cory Elmendorf, Pat Steagall, Doug Rothfuss, Jack Lloyd and Chris DeGuentz

Returning starters: 5 offense; 5 defense

Offense: Spread, multiple

Defense: 4-3

Players to watch: Senior OL/DL Blake Rufkahr, senior RB/LB Tim Goetges, junior QB/DB Mitchell DeGuentz, junior RB/LB Jack Allison, junior OL/DL Sam Scheffel, junior WR-DB Hank Thro

Newcomers expected to contribute: Junior WR/DB Nick Zehr, junior WR-DB Reece Rothfuss, junior DE Karston Edmonds, junior OL/DL Carter Walton, sophomore OL/DL Nick Bono, sophomore WR/DB Jackson Remacle, sophomore WR/DB Mike Pilla, sophomore WR/DB Anthony Naumann, sophomore OL Ty Rufkhar

Players who have committed to a college: Blake Rufkahr has a Division I offer and a Division II offer.

Team strengths: Experience on the offensive line, good senior leadership.

Goals: Improve every week, stay healthy, play smart physical football.

Final thought: “We have had a good first week of practice,” Elmendorf said. “The new players are learning quickly. This is a hard-working determined group. I am looking forward to a successful season.”

FORT ZUMWALT EAST LIONS

2017 record: 6-5. Finished second in GAC Central at 4-1. Lost 42-41 to Riverview Gardens in second round of Class 4 postseason play.

Coach: Scott Eacret, entering 12th year as head coach

Returning starters: 6 offense; 5 defense

Offense: Pistol

Defense: 5-2

Players to watch: Senior QB/S Ben Watson

Team strengths: Great attitude and effort.

Goals: To improve each year in all aspects of the program.

Final thought: “The coaching staff is really excited about how hard this team is working,” Eacret said. “The players are determined to improve.”

FORT ZUMWALT NORTH PANTHERS

2017 record: 12-1. Finished 5-0 to win GAC Central. Won Class 5, District 3 with 24-7 win over Timberland. Defeated Lebanon 42-7 in quarterfinals. Lost 26-7 to Pattonville in Class 5 state semifinals.

Coach: Joe Bacon, entering 11th year as head coach

Returning starters: 4 offense; 3 defense

Offense: Spread option

Defense: 3-4

Players to watch: Senior WR/DB Grant Latina, senior RB/DB Izayah Hudnut, senior RB/LB Jaylin Vaughn, junior ATH/DB Cairo Payne, junior OL/DL Gavin Stricker

Newcomers expected to contribute: Senior OL/DL Tai Higgs, senior OL/LB Shaun Hall, ATH/LB Joel Hilliard, senior RB/DB Izaiah Hartrup, junior WR/DL Tim Nesslage

Team strengths: A solid work ethic and a determination to continue living up to the program’s standards. Strong leadership within several classes in our program.

Goals: Improve on last season’s accomplishments. Compete for the GAC Central title. Compete for a District title. Play great football every week.

Final thought: “This is about a new group of boys with their own goals, their own strengths, and their own season to play out. The guys we’re counting on the most in this current group have bought into the offseason grind that is a must if you want a chance to be successful against top-tier teams,” Bacon said. “We will continue to play many quality teams, both conference and non-conference, and we will be tested early and often throughout the season. This team is looking forward to the challenge of trying to raise the bar for our program one last notch through their hard work and determination.”

FORT ZUMWALT SOUTH BULLDOGS

2017 record: 2-9. Finished 1-4 in fifth place in GAC Central. Lost 56-6 to Fort Zumwalt North in the second round of Class 5 postseason.

Coach: Adam Hamilton, entering second year as head coach

Assistant coaches: JV Williams, Chris Galvin, Maurice Vick, Deric Edwards, Eric Mitchell, Jason Caimi and Prentice Henderson

Returning starters: 9 offense; 4 defense

Offense: Spread

Defense: Multiple 4-2-5

Players to watch: Senior OL/DL Nick Mattli, senior RB R.J. Keen, senior RB/DE Isaiah Edmonds, senior QB Jake Owen, senior DB/WR Michael Lac, senior OL Ben Moore, senior OL Daniel Buckhannon, senior OL Jacob Adams, senior WR/DB Dylan Clapsaddle, senior LB Cody Taylor

Newcomers expected to contribute: Junior LB/RB Kieran Snowden, sophomore WR/DB Zach Bensing, sophomore OL/DL Ethan McCulloch, sophomore WR/DB Eli Edmonds, sophomore LB Luke Picht, sophomore LB/RB Darius Johnson, sophomore DB Carmichael Burnett

Team strengths: Strong on offense with nine returning starters.

Goals: Continue to improve each week to be ready for the playoffs.

Final thought: “Our seniors have led the way in our off-season program and are poised to do some amazing things on the field,” Hamilton said. “Our underclassmen have committed to our off-season program and are ready to make their mark. Overall, I’m extremely excited to watch our kids compete this year against the talented, well-coached teams in the GAC.”

FORT ZUMWALT WEST JAGUARS

2017 record: 8-3. Finished 5-0 to win GAC South. Lost 49-21 to Blue Springs in the second round of Class 6 postseason.

Coach: Neil Nowack, entering sixth year as head coach

Assistant coaches: Ben Pike, Tyler Horner, Jeff Auten, Tim Fine, Doug Brown, Ric Troupe, Nick Newton, Mike Rimmer, Dan Hayes and Dan Zull

Returning starters: 3 offense; 6 defense

Captains: Geo Houston, Kyle Matyiko, Jake Murphy, Ulysses Ross and Jake Stern

Offense: Spread

Defense: 3-3

Players to watch: Senior OL Jack Strassner, senior WR Jerome Waggoner, senior TE Alex Wisniewski, senior LS/OL Brady Weeks, senior DE Jake Stern, senior DL Sam Wolfe, senior DE Gage Froneyberger, junior LB Ulysses Ross, senior LB Kyle Matyiko, senior OS Andrew Perrey, senior OS Trey Durbin, senior S Geo Houston

Newcomers expected to contribute: Junior QB Jake Murphy, junior RB James Strauss, junior WR Max Koviak, junior OS Sam Smith.

Players who have committed to a college: Senior LS Brady Weeks to Minnesota Senior DE Jake Stern to Ball State.

Team strengths: Great leadership from the senior class. Tremendous attitudes and work ethic. Have a good core group back defensively.

Goals: Be unselfish and excited for each other. Focus on getting better at the little details each day. Attack each day with the mindset you have another opportunity to improve at something.

Final thought: “I’m extremely excited for the upcoming season,” Nowack said. “We have several spots open and guys really competing well to win those spots. That competition is making everyone better and I can’t wait to see how our team develops.”

FRANCIS HOWELL VIKINGS

2017 record: 6-4. Finished in second place at 4-1 in GAC South. Lost 48-20 to Blue Springs in the first round of Class 6 postseason.

Coach: Brent Chojnacki, entering first year as head coach

Assistant coaches: Justin Schmidt, Jason Skidmore, Kyle Reid, Mark Paulsen, Mike Burroughs, John Brune, Brent Chojnacki, Mike Muench, Mark Malawey, Keith Looten, Jon McDonald and Jeff Ehrhardt

Returning starters: 3 offense; 4 defense

Captains: Matthew Simmons, Jonah Libbert and John Recca

Offense: Multiple

Defense: 3-4

Players to watch: Junior OL Drake Heismeyer, junior RB Gideon Niboh, senior LB Jonah Libbert, senior LB Jake Thomas

Newcomers expected to contribute: Sophomore Gus Hetzel, sophomore Jackson Hetzel

Team strengths: Will be strong on both sides of the football.

Goals: Win the conference championship.

Final thought: “I am looking forward to competing in a very tough GAC,” Chojnacki said.

FRANCIS HOWELL CENTRAL 

SPARTANS

2017 record: 3-7. Finished last at 0-5 in GAC South. Lost 61-6 to Rock Bridge in the first round of Class 6 postseason.

Coach: Pete Eberhardt, entering fourth year as head coach

Assistant coaches: John Heath, Jeremy Houchins, Tommy Eberhardt, Malach Radigan, Charles Lott, Kurt Kruse, Erik Findall, Brian Cissell and John Howard

Returning starters: 3 offense; 4 defense

Captains: Jason Jacob, Jaccob Schroeder

Offense: Spread

Defense: 4-3

Team strengths: Solid special teams.

Goals: Be 1-0 every week.

FRANCIS HOWELL NORTH 

KNIGHTS

2017 record: 3-7. Finished fifth at 1-4 in GAC South. Lost 42-7 to Hazelwood East in the first round of Class 5 postseason.

Coach: Brett Bevill, entering third year as head coach

Assistant coaches: Mike Bevill, Arty Johnson, Eric Eubank, Ryan Darks, Mike Castro, Matt Couch, Adam Maxey and Robert Kyle

Returning starters: 3 offense; 4 defense

Offense: Pistol Option

Defense: 3-4

Players to watch: All players are contributing to the team and should all be watched.

Newcomers expected to contribute: Lots of newcomers will contribute to the team this year.

Team strengths: This team’s strength is being a team. They are a tight-knit, selfless group who loves to work.

Goals: Improve at our next practice, and continue to improve daily.

Final thought: “I’m excited to see this team come together with a selfless attitude,” Bevill said. “They enjoy being coached and we enjoy coaching them. I’m very excited to see what the future holds.”

Lutheran St. Charles coach Arlen Harris meets with his players before the start of the opening days of fall practices for the Cougars football team at Lutheran St. Charles High School on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. [Jonathan Duncan/Mid-Rivers Newsmagazine photo].

LUTHERAN ST. CHARLES COUGARS

2017 record: 6-5. Finished third at 1-2 in Archdiocesan Athletic Association Small Schools Division. Lost 55-0 to St. Charles West in the second round of Class 3 postseason.

Head coaches: Brandon Tripp, entering second year as head coach; Arlen Harris returning for his third season as head coach

Assistant coaches: Angel Rubio, Brent Gossett, Chris Schaeffer, Cody Eitzmann, Dave Moran, Randy Southmayd, Kenny Mays, Gerald McClellan, Mike McLean and Linn Hart

Returning starters: 7 offense; 10 defense

Captains: Arcullous Heard, Robert Ford III, Gabriel Rubio and Caden Propst

Offense: Multiple

Defense: 4-3

Players to watch: Senior RB/LB Arcullous Heard, senior DB/WR Robert Ford III, sophomore OL/DL Gabriel Rubio, junior OL/DL Jack Grzeskowiak, sophomore DL/OL Travion Ford

Newcomers expected to contribute: Freshman RB/DB Arlen Harris Jr., freshman OL/DB Jaydon Wannstedt, freshman QB Aaron Coffey, freshman WR/DB Kyle Taylor, sophomore OL/LB TJ Lawrence

Players who have committed to a college: Robert Ford III to the University of South Dakota as a defensive back.

Team strengths: Youth. Started seven freshmen on both sides of the ball in 2017. This year there are only three seniors projected as starters in 2018.

Goals: Living championship lives on and off the football field. Lutheran High School athletes understand that football is a game and a blessing. The principles and lessons learned in this game will make them all better students, athletes, husbands and fathers. Team GPA of 4.0 and compete to win each week.

Final thought: “We are extremely excited about all four phases of the game,” Tripp said. “Coach Harris brings back an offense designed to put numbers on the board. Our offensive line is special and we have some guys with speed, size and play-making ability behind them. We believe that our defensive unit is going to be just as, if not more exciting to watch than the offense. We have the most supportive fans, family and administration that any program could ask for and we can’t wait to give them something to cheer about on Friday nights.”

ORCHARD FARM EAGLES

2017 record: 6-5. Finished tied for first at 3-1 in GAC North. Lost 29-15 to McCluer South-Berkeley in the second round of Class 3 postseason.

Coach: Eric Schroer, entering fifth year as head coach

Assistant coaches: Blake Arnette, Mike Hohe, Mike Turpen, Steve Menteer and Paul Coffman

Returning starters: 8 offense; 7 defense

Captains: Matt Lewis, Matt Gerber, Connor Jones, Devin Lindhoff and Zach Roberts

Offense: Spread

Defense: 4-3

Players to watch: Senior QB/CB Connor Jones, senior LB/H-Back Matt Lewis, senior OL/DT Matt Gerber, senior WR/CB Blake Weber, senior WR/FS Devin Lindhoff, junior RB/LB Zach Roberts

Newcomers expected to contribute: Sophomore RB/S AJ Snow

Team strengths: The program emphasizes defense, effort and fundamental football in all three phases. Those areas must be strengths for the team. The coaching staff feels it has the athletes and mentality needed to run a powerful and balanced offensive attack that is equally capable on the ground and through the air.

Goals: Season is divided into thirds. We have built a strong schedule. Our first goal is to utilize our first four games to improve every single week in preparation for conference play. Our second goal is to compete for a conference title. Our third goal is to make a district and playoff run.

Final thought: “Our seniors have matured a great deal causing this team to gel and come together,”  Schroer said. “While we are low on numbers, we look forward to overcoming this reality to attain success through daily preparation, effort and intensity. This group works extremely hard and I am lucky to be associated with these young men and the coaches on our staff. It will be an honor to work with them this season.”

ST. CHARLES PIRATES

2017 record: 2-8. Finished fourth at 1-3 in GAC North. Lost 59-6 to Riverview Gardens in the first round of Class 4 postseason.

Coach: Bob Leonard, entering first year as head coach

Assistant coaches: Paul Imbierowicz, Brad Bichel, Nigel Kinworthy, Justin Heinen, Jesse Imbierowicz, Cornel Carryl, Rick Foster, Ray Gillespie and Steve Thorne

Returning starters: 6 offense; 3 defense

Offense: Multiple

Defense: 4-2-5

Players to watch: Cody Thorne, Cody Imbierowicz, Cameron Teson, Logan Mesle, Dahvonte Henry, Courtney Anderson, Braden Wiggs, Jack Moss, Nick Thorne

Newcomers expected to contribute: Zach Schnare, Justin Mowry, Michael Smith, Charles Murphy, Trey Ward, Caleb Irons

Team strengths: Players are willing to work hard to succeed. The senior class wants to leave their mark on the future of the program. They want to lead by example and start laying the foundation for the future and set the bar for character and work ethic for our young players to follow. They will be the driving force to turn the program around.

Goals: To play physical football in the tradition of the past great teams that have represented St. Charles High proudly.

Final thought: “Our goal is to compete every day in practice, in the weight room, and on Friday nights,” Leonard said. “We will play hard with great enthusiasm and represent St. Charles High School proudly in all our endeavors. We will do things the right way and never surrender. We will fight them until hell freezes over, then we’ll fight ‘em on the ice like TCU’s Dutch Meyer said.”

ST. CHARLES WARRIORS

2017 record: 6-6. Finished tied for first at 3-1 in GAC North. Lost 24-6 to McCluer South-Berkeley in Class 3 district championship game.

Coach: Gary Strauss, entering 19th season as head coach

Assistant coaches: Nuru Allen and Ryan Rockow

Returning starters: 4 offense; 5 defense

Offense: Wishbone

Defense: 4-3 and 4-4

Players to watch: Senior QB Clark Henderson, senior RB/LB Joey Echele, senior OL/DL Jared Baysinger, senior OL/DL Tim Beer, senior OL Adam Dooley, senior LB Atticus Edge, senior RB/LB Joe Presson, junior RB/DB Jamesen Reese, junior OL/DL Stephen Frazer, sophomore OL/DL John Wilson

Newcomers expected to contribute: Junior QB/DB Brendan Sportsman, sophomore RB/DB Dominic Flint, junior SE/DB Anthony Lemons

Team strengths: Athletic ability

Goals: Be more focused and disciplined than last season. Win conference and district and make a deep run into playoffs.

Final thought: “We are looking to build on our late season success of a year ago,” Strauss said. “I think our positional competitions will make us a better team this season.”

ST. DOMINIC CRUSADERS

2017 record: 3-7. Finished fourth at 1-3 in Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division. Lost 47-11 to Parkway North in the first round of Class 4 postseason.

Coach: Blake Markway, entering fifth year as head coach at St. Dominic and seventh year as a head coach overall

Assistant coaches: Jim Schottmueller, Scott Fulton, Jake Hogan, John Butler, Joe Groaning, Jake Powers, Jake Stiffler and Max Buck

Returning starters: 6 offense; 7 defense

Offense: Spread option

Defense: 4-2-5

Players to watch: Senior RB/DE Jack McCormick, senior QB Josh Willenbrink, senior FB/DE Nick Hoac, senior LB Matt Hanson, senior FS Jack Niggemeier, senior OL Garrett Young, senior WR Grant Zykan

Newcomers expected to contribute: Junior DB/RB Tyler Mersnick, WR Jackson Dearing, WR Ryan May, OL Victor Glinski

Team strengths: Returning experience on defense. Don’t have a lot of size but believe the team will have a very solid defensive unit. Believe team has really improved its passing game this summer with the work the receivers and quarterbacks put in on their own time outside of summer contact days.

Goals: Improve each day so that we are playing our best football in November.

Final thought: “We have 21 seniors who have really dedicated themselves since the end of last year’s disappointing season,” Markway said. “Unfortunately, we had a lot of injuries last season and mostly to our seniors, meaning a lot of underclassmen had to play in 2017. We believe that while that was very unfortunate for the team and those seniors a year ago, it will benefit the 2018 team that returns so much experience, especially on the defensive side of the ball. I have complete trust in our 21 seniors to be the leaders we need to accomplish our goals this year; they’ve met or exceeded every expectation I’ve put out there for them this offseason.”

WENTZVILLE HOLT INDIANS

2017 record: 4-6. Finished 3-2 in third place in GAC Central. Lost 42-7 to Timberland in the first round of Class 5 postseason.

Coach: Ethan Place, entering fourth year as head coach

Assistant coaches: Brent Mueller, Mike Moeller, Zack Perry, Daryl Daleen, Andrew Hammond, Ken Moore, Jerry Kile, Paul McGuire, Dylan Myers, Clinton Tanner and Sean Haley

Returning starters: 5 offense; 5 defense

Captains: Senior RB Cole Mueller, senior OL/DL Tim Sisson, junior LB Clayton Reed and junior QB Matthew Bennett

Offense: Spread

Defense: 6-2 stack monster

Players to watch: Senior RB Cole Mueller, junior QB Matt Bennett, senior OL/DL, senior OL Tim Sisson, senior OL Tanner Schramm, junior DB Cody Mackin

Newcomers expected to contribute: Freshman WR Jackson Smith and freshman Austin Bone

Players who have committed to a college: Senior RB Cole Mueller committed to the University of Kansas.

Team strengths: Have the ability to run the ball and overall team speed is up from recent years.

Goals: Want coaches and players to focus on the process and improve and master their craft each day.

Final thought: “We always focus on being able to run the football and control the tempo of a game,” Place said. “This is also the most physical team that I’ve had since taking over at Holt.

This year we have a new look on defense and I look forward to us playing a physical style of football that fits the players on the squad. Each season I’ve been at Holt the team has improved. This season should be no different.”

WENTZVILLE LIBERTY EAGLES

2017 record: 4-6. Finished 2-3 in fourth place in GAC Central. Lost 66-42 to Helias in the first round of Class 4 postseason.

Coach: Ryan McMillen, entering sixth year as head coach

Assistant coaches: Alex Zangriles, Dave Bishline, Zach Kling, Brandon Hankins, Eric Peggs, Kevin Haynes, Vince Redman, Joe Harrington and Ethan Nixon

Returning starters: 4 offense; 7 defense

Captains: Jarrin McKeithen, Ben Adelsberger and Hunter Perkins

Offense: Split back veer

Defense: 3-3-5

Team strengths: Leadership has brought us together more than we ever have been. As a team we are all working in the same direction towards the same goals.

Goals: To compete day in and day out no matter what our circumstances are.

Final thought: “We are extremely excited about our team this year,” McMillen said. “Our team has been working extremely hard all summer, and they have really bought into our program and goals.”

WENTZVILLE TIMBERLAND 

WOLVES

2017 record: 6-5. Finished third at 3-2 in GAC South. Lost 24-7 to Fort Zumwalt North in the third round of Class 5 postseason.

Coach: Edward Gilreath, entering seventh year as head coach

Assistant coaches: Craig Collins, Mike Sevier, Jason Arndt, Kyle Barras, Austin Lewis, Justin Shiroma, Scott Johnston, Jeff Renz, Tim Woodson and Tom Papez

Returning starters: 5 offense; 5 defense

Captains: Brett Hiatt, Joe Porzenski and Jarrett Wilson

Offense: Pro

Defense: 3-4

Players to watch: Have a great group of seniors that have been working extremely hard and are leading this team in the right direction.

Newcomers expected to contribute: The underclassmen have bought into our Senior leadership and will step in to fill any gaps there may be.

Players who have committed to a college: Senior LB Brett Hiatt to Indiana State University.

Team strengths: We will play physical football until the clock reads 0:00.

Goals: To improve every week and play our best football in November.

Final thought: “This group has been working hard since January and is ready to get back on the field,” Gilreath said.

For a complete high school football schedule for the 2018-19 season, check out page 32 of Mid Rivers Newsmagazine’s Aug. 29 issue. 
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