Fostoria should have explosive offense behind QB Hyde

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Fostoria Redmen

Fostoria garnered the No. 2 seed in Region 14 last year, only to be knocked
off by Ottawa-Glandorf in the quarterfinals. This year, the Redmen will
once again be one of the top teams in the region, if not the favorite.

Senior Micah Hyde returns to lead the offense, which should provide plenty of fireworks for Fostoria fans.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

QB/CB Micah Hyde (6-0, 170, Sr.), OT/NG Floyd Tucker (6-3, 290, Sr.), OLB Levi Lambright (5-11, 190, Sr.), RB/LB Jon Ramirez (6-0, 215, Sr.), TB/CB Antonie Williams (5-11, 160, Jr.), WR Derrick Pollom (6-1, 185, Sr.) and WR/CB Shaquille Taylor (5-11, 180, Sr.).

SEASON OUTLOOK

2007 Record: 8-3, Regional quarterfinalist

The Redmen garnered the No. 2 seed in Region 14, only to be knocked off by Ottawa-Glandorf in the quarterfinals. This year, Fostoria will once again be one of the top teams in the region, if not the favorite.

Senior Micah Hyde returns to lead the offense, which should provide plenty of fireworks for Fostoria fans.

Using the word explosive might be an understatement when talking about the Redmen on offense. Head coach Tom Grine is anticipating a high-octane “O,” thanks to the return of four offensive lineman, three wideouts and Hyde, who has close to 7,000 yards of total offense in his career and has been offered by Toledo.

“Micah should own every passing and total yardage record in Fostoria High School history,” Grine said. “He’s a definite Division I college recruit. He has an offer from the University of Toledo and I expect many more in the future. We return four of five starting lineman, three starting wide receivers and Micah. We led the Northern Ohio League in total offense and scoring offense last year. We look to be very explosive offensively in 2008.”

After losing nearly half of their defensive starters, the Redmen will have to have young players step up and play well, according to Grine. The team did finish second in the NOL in total “D” so it’s safe to say that the team does know a thing or two about stopping opponents.

“Defensively, we lost two four-year starters at inside linebacker,” he pointed out. “We also lost a four-year starter at free safety. We need some of our young linebackers to step up and play well.”

As for being one of the favorites in Region 14, Grine did admit that his team was excited about the upcoming year.

“We are looking forward to the 2008 season,” Grine said. “We were able to win our league and qualify for the state playoffs in 2007. We have 14 returning starters and some good young talent to work with, but a lack of depth at key positions could be a concern for us. We are a D-IV team that plays a very competitive schedule so we need to be ready every week. We need to jell as a team and have outstanding senior leadership to achieve our goals to repeat as league champion and qualify for the state playoffs.”

SCHEDULE

8/22 @ Ottawa-Glandorf
8/29 vs. Bowling Green
9/5 @ Toledo Whitmer
9/12 Bellevue
9/19 Galion
9/26 @ Shelby
10/3 Tiffin Columbian
10/10 Willard
10/17 @ Norwalk
10/24 @ Upper Sandusky

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