Toledo St. John’s senior Andrew Schaetzke comes from a long line of outstanding football players. Both his father and uncle were standouts at Toledo Bowsher and Andrew grew up playing with many current Bowsher players. A “family decision,” however, resulted in a new tradition beginning at St. John’s, where Schaetzke’s contribution has been considerable as a member of the football and basketball teams.
A “family decision,” however, resulted in the Bowsher tradition being broken and a new tradition beginning at St. John’s.
Schaetzke’s contribution to the St. John’s athletic tradition has already been considerable. As a member of the varsity football and basketball teams, Andrew has been a valuable mainstay.
Although not possessing prototypical basketball skills, Schaetzke uses his physical size and strength to neutralize the inside game of the St. John’s opposition. Usually surrendering four to five inches in height to every man he guarded, Schaetzke nevertheless worked hard to grab his share of rebounds and keep opponents from penetrating the middle.
Last season, and again this season, there has been some speculation that Schaetzke might not be returning to the basketball team but, at the present time, he “plans to stay as active as possible and do what I can to help the team.”
It is on the gridiron, however, where Schaetzke excels. As a two-way starter at tackle on offense and end on defense, Schaetzke is a true force.
As an example of his impact, in an exciting 30-17 Titan victory over a strong Strongsville team in Week 3, Schaetzke registered two tackles for significant Strongsville losses. Both tackles occurred on the very first Strongsville possession and Schaetzke’s efforts set the tone for the remainder of the game and inspired his team to the win.
Titan head coach Doug Pearson is a big fan of Schaetzke’s.
“He’s a good kid on and off the field and an important part of our team,” Pearson said. “His future on the next level is bright.”
As to the next level, Schaetzke’s future is still unknown. Ohio University has offered a full scholarship in football but he is presently uncommitted. Projected as a defensive end, Andrew would like to work on his size and speed but he is confident that he has the ability to get the job done wherever he signs.
The Titans have become regulars in the state playoffs but have found advancing beyond the first round to be elusive. This year the expectations have been raised.
“We’re all hoping to make it past the first round this year. Hoping to go a little deeper,” said a confident Schaetzke.
As the season nears the halfway mark, the Titans are positioned to make a run for the postseason and the contributions and quiet leadership of Schaetzke are a major reason.