With two varsity seasons in the books and an 11-9 record in that span, the Fort Loramie football program is ready to continue establishing itself in Division VI. How will the Redskins fare in 2007?
Contributor Robb Hemmelgarn checks in with a look at this season's Fort Loramie squad.
QB Jay Schulze (Jr.), RB Jim Brandewie (6-0, 170, Sr.), RB Mitch Westerhide (6-0, 160, Sr.), RB Derek Barhorst (5-11, 190, Sr.), DL Tregg Barga (6-4, 190, Sr.), DL Nathan Brandewie (6-2, 215, Jr.)
2006 Record: 6-4
With two varsity seasons in the books, the Fort Loramie football program is ready to continue establishing itself in Division VI.
One of only two football programs in the Shelby County League, the Redskins endure an independent schedule and will continue to use the flexibility to their advantage this season. Anna, the other SCL football school, plays in the Midwest Athletic Conference.
“We have some great competition in store this year,” said head coach Jon McCumber, who has been in charge of the program since its varsity debut in 2005. “We have a pair of Division II schools on our schedule this fall. Our season-opener at Minster is right around the corner as well – that is a huge game for us and we need to be ready. The kids as well as the rest of the community are all very excited, and they cannot wait for this season to get under way.”
A year ago, the Redskins finished with a respectable overall mark of 7-3, but unfortunately they just missed a berth in the postseason finishing ninth in Region 24. With a solid nucleus returning, Fort Loramie looks to improve on the positives it gained from last year – including a six-game winning streak.
On the offensive side of the ball the Redskins averaged slightly less than 24 points per game. Junior quarterback Jay Schulze returns to his post and will be joined in the backfield by a trio of senior running backs including Mitch Westerheide, Derek Barhorst and Jim Brandewie.
“We are very excited for our returners on offense,” McCumber said. “We have to replace a few graduated linemen, but we feel we have solid replacements in those spots.”
On the defensive front, McCumber is equally excited. Last year, the Redskins yielded nearly 17 points each time they took the field. They return everyone but two starters from that squad.
“We lost two starting lineman to graduation, but Derek Barhorst and Jim Brandewie are two of our leaders who will be back for another season,” McCumber said. “They are looking to set the tone on defense and we are expecting big things from them as well as everyone else on that side of the ball.”
Also looking to make some noise on defense are linemen Tregg Barga (6-4, 190) and Nathan Brandewie (6-2, 215). Barga is a senior, while Brandewie is a junior. Westerheide and Kyle Gasson return to secondary positions.
The Redskins began last year with a 23-6 loss at home to Minster, but they quickly reeled off six straight wins before dropping games to Sidney Lehman and Bishop Hartley. Loramie ended the campaign with a 35-6 victory at Ridgemont and McCumber hopes the momentum carries over.
“Opening the season with Minster is always a lot of fun because of how close in proximity the teams are,” McCumber said. “They play an outstanding schedule in the MAC and to start with them is always a good measuring stick for us. It is always a hard-hitting game, which is a great way to kick things off.”
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