Coldwater wearing other shoe this year, Cavaliers are D-IV favorite

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Coldwater Cavaliers Football

Coldwater experienced one of the finest postseason runs in recent
history last year, not only knocking off previously unbeaten and
heavily favored Youngstown Cardinal Mooney in the D-IV state
championship game, but the Cavs outscored their postseason opponents by
a whopping 128 points.

The encore could be eerily similar.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

FB/LB Adam Homan (6-2, 225, Sr.), RB/DB Tony Harlamert (6-0, 185, Sr.), QB/DB Cory Klenke (6-1, 190, Sr.), K Mario de la Rosa (5-8, 136, Sr.), QB/OLB Keith Wenning (6-3, 205, Jr.), WR/DB Zach Siefring (5-10, 165, Sr.), RB/LB Dusty Rutschilling (5-9, 175, Sr.), DE/TE Brock Pleiman (6-2, 210, Sr.), RB/DB Trent Muhlenkamp (5-6, 150, Sr.), OL/DL Kurt Westerheide (6-1, 190, Jr.), OL/DL Trevor Robbins (6-2, 240, Sr.)

SEASON OUTLOOK

2007 Record: 14-1, State champions

Coldwater experienced one of the finest postseason runs in recent history last year, not only knocking off previously unbeaten and heavily favored Youngstown Cardinal Mooney in the D-IV state championship game, but the Cavs outscored their postseason opponents by a whopping 128 points and survived Kettering Alter 59-52 in a marathon triple-overtime regional semifinal.

The perennial power from the Midwest Athletic Conference will no doubt be good again this year as multiple starters return on each side of the ball.

“Everyone is going to be gunning for us and we’re going to have to bring our ‘A’ game every day,” Harlamert said. “I don’t really feel any added pressure, I just feel like it’s a great opportunity.”

Coldwater’s offense will be potent. The Cavs return every skill player but one from last year’s unit that averaged 43.5 points and scored over 50 five times. There are a few holes along the offensive line, but according to Harlamert and Homan, Coldwater’s OL “could be (our) biggest ever.”

The defensive is just as loaded.

“We realize that people are going to be gunning for us, but we feel that if we got out and do our job we’re confident we can get it done,” said Homan, an Ohio State recruit. “We also know we can’t take anything for granted and I think that was where our let down came against Marion last year. We really took that game for granted. We realize that we have a lot of stars back but we’re not going to slouch off. We’re going to continue to get better.”

Coldwater will get stern tests from Marion Local in Week 4, Anna in Week 5 and St. Henry in Week 7.

They also expect to get everyone’s best shot during the regular season and beyond.

“Heading into this season we think we’re going to have a bigger target,” Klenke said. “We also think the playoffs will have the same teams this time around again which is good because there’s been some talk about those games last year being some of the greatest in Ohio high school history.

“We have a lot of veterans coming back. We like our odds. We like to think we’re favored to get back (to the state championship game).”

SCHEDULE

8/22 @ Kenton
8/29 Kokomo (Ind.)
9/5 @ Versailles
9/12 Maria Stein Marion Local
9/19 @ Anna
9/26 Rockford Parkway
10/3 @ St. Henry
10/10 Delphos St. John’s
10/17 @ Minster
10/24 New Bremen

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