Tempel looking to lead Antwerp to another postseason berth

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Antwerp Football

Antwerp is looking for back-to-back playoff appearances and its seventh berth in 11 years. With senior quarterback Quinn Tempel
at the controls the postseason seems likely. So does challenging for a
Green Meadows Conference title. Tempel enters this season
with Antwerp career records for attempts, completions and
yards already in hand.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

QB Quinn Tempel (6-0, 178, Sr.); RB Josh Smith (6-0, 165, Sr.); WR/S Nate Gerencser (5-11, 153, Sr.); T Sam Rhinehart (6-0, 185, Sr.); G/LB Mike Girlie (5-11, 191, Sr.); C David Martin (6-1, 210, Sr.); FB/LB John Rindahl (5-11, 182, Jr.); SS Chris Henry (6-0, 163, Sr.)

SEASON OUTLOOK

2007 Record: 7-4, Regional quarterfinalist

The Archers are looking for back-to-back playoff appearances and their seventh berth in 11 years. With senior quarterback Quinn Tempel at the controls the postseason seems likely. So does challenging for a Green Meadows Conference title.

Tempel (6-0, 178) enters this season, his third as a starter, with Antwerp career records for attempts (527), completions (285) and yards (3,284) already in hand. His 29 touchdowns are six shy of the career record.

Last year Tempel set season records in attempts (339), completions (182), yards (2,098) and touchdowns (19). He also set the single-game record with 319 yards.

Senior running back Josh Smith (6-0, 165) compliments Tempel’s arm. Those two – along with the lines – will both have to perform large early as a young skill corps matures.

“We lost a lot of stat players from last year,” head coach Drew Altimus said. “Our younger skill guys will have to step it up for us to compete. We will rely on the guys in the trenches until we get our skill guys some experience.”

Key contributors for the Archers will be WR/S Nate Gerencser (5-11, 153, Sr.), T Sam Rhinehart (6-0, 185, Sr.), G/LB Mike Girlie (5-11, 191, Sr.), C David Martin (6-1, 210, Sr.), FB/LB John Rindahl (5-11, 182, Jr.) and SS Chris Henry (6-0, 163, Sr.).

Should Antwerp make the postseason, the goal will be advancing. In six previous trips, the Archers are 1-6.

Rivlary games with Wayne Trace and Hicksville highlight the schedule.

Said Altimus (71-46 in 11 years): “We look to be competitive again this year for our conference championship and to get back to the playoffs.”

SCHEDULE

8/22 EDON (VI)
8/29 WEST UNITY HILLTOP (VI)
9/5 @ TOLEDO OTTAWA HILLS (V)
9/12 HICKSVILLE (V)
9/19 @ DEFIANCE TINORA (V)
9/26 SHERWOOD FAIRVIEW (V)
10/3 @ HAVILAND WAYNE TRACE (VI)
10/10 @ DEFIANCE AYERSVILLE (VI)
10/17 HOLGATE (VI)
10/24 @ EDGERTON (VI)

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