Can Fort Recovery take next step in rugged MAC?

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Fort Recovery Football

Fort Recovery has long been stationed near the bottom of the MAC football standings. Last season the Indians had an uprising. Recording one of the best season’s in school history (5-5), which included a program-best four wins in conference (including
victories over former state champions Versailles, Delphos St. John’s
and Minster), Fort Recovery will look to continue its climb in the
state’s toughest small school affiliation.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

WR/DB Toby Metzger (6-2, 195, Sr.); WR/DB Frank Thien (6-1, 181, Sr.); C/DL Tyler Jutte (6-2, 245, Sr.); RB/LB Matt Braun (5-8, 175, Sr.); RB/LB Nathan Wendel (5-8, 170, Jr.); QB/DB Greg Kahlig (6-4, 180, Jr.)

SEASON OUTLOOK

2007 Record: 5-5

Fort Recovery has long been stationed near the bottom of the MAC football standings. Last season the Indians had an uprising.

Recording one of the best season’s in school history with a 5-5 record which included a program-best four wins in conference (including victories over former state champions Versailles, Delphos St. John’s and Minster), Fort Recovery will look to continue its climb in the state’s toughest small school affiliation.

“We return a lot of good skill players,” head coach Brent Niekamp said. “The question marks will be our depth and how well our offensive line can play.”

Senior two-way standout Tyler Jutte (6-2, 245) is the only returning starter on the offensive line, but behind him is an aresenal loaded with versatility and skill. The Indians have three players returning who threw, ran and caught a touchdown last season (Greg Kahlig, Toby Metzger and Frank Thien).

Kahlig, a 6-4, 180 pound junior, is already one of the MAC’s best quarterbacks after completing 120 of 233 passes for 1,579 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. He doubles as a defensive star in the secondary (37 tackles, two interceptions, two fumble returns).

Seniors Metzger (6-2, 195) and Thien (6-1, 181) return as two of Kahlig’s top targets and Fort Recovery’s main weapons. Metzger had 51 recpetions for 662 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, while Thien caught 30 passes for three touchdowns. Thien also ran for four scores.

Senior running back Matt Braunn is another capable option, having rushed for 661 yards and four touchdowns a year ago. Braunn also caught a touchdown.

Defensively, junior back Nathan Wendel (46 tackles, sack, intereception, fumble recovery and three TFL), Jutte (33 tackles), Thien (58 tackles, five interceptions) and Metzger (six interceptions) are key cogs.

Fort Recovery has never made the playoffs and doing so in the MAC is still a longshot. Should the Indians reach the postseason though, watch out. MAC teams have been known to have success at the state level.

SCHEDULE

8/22 ANSONIA
8/29 @ CARDINAL STRITCH (OREGON)
9/5 @ ANNA
9/12 MINSTER
9/19 @ PARKWAY (ROCKFORD)
9/26 NEW BREMEN
10/3 @ VERSAILLES
10/10 ST HENRY
10/17 @ MARION LOCAL (MARIA STEIN)
10/24 ST JOHN’S (DELPHOS)

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