The Versailles Tigers have a long tradition of winning football games
using defense and running the football. New Tigers coach Bob Olwin is
looking to restore that tradition, minus one item, rushing the ball.
Olwin comes from Sherwood Fairview where he ran the five wide-out,
empty backfield spread offense. Now Olwin will take the Tigers to the
PLAYERS TO WATCH
WR/DB Jon Murphy (5-10, 150, sr.), WR/DB Nick Eilerman (6-0, 160, sr.), QB Jon Richard (6-2, 180, sr.), DE/WR/QB Patrick Mescher (6-3, 200, jr.), OT Michael Treon (6-4, 260, sr.)
2007 Record: 2-8
The Versailles Tigers have a long tradition of winning football games using defense and running the football. New Tigers coach Bob Olwin is looking to restore that tradition, minus one item, rushing the ball.
Olwin comes from Sherwood Fairview where he ran the five wide-out, empty backfield spread offense. Now Olwin will take the Tigers to the air.
It will be an extreme change from the conservative triple option ran by Jason Schondelmyer the last two seasons, meaning more adjustments for the Tigers players.
Like any thing, the process will take some time, but Olwin knows his players and has begun the process.
“We haven’t done a lot of off the field stuff yet except the seven on seven drills, mostly because many of the kids have been playing baseball this summer” Olwin said. “The entire thing is an educational process for the kids.”
Olwin’s goal is to make the offense a versatile one, capable of attacking any defense.
“This is a counterpunch offense, designed to take what the defense is giving us,” Olwin said.
To reach that point, Olwin’s team will have to become accustomed to reading coverages and reacting. It all starts with the quarterback. Right now returning starter Jon Richard appears to be the frontrunner for the position in 2008, but Olwin isn’t willing to proclaim that just yet.
“Jon has all the tools for this position,” Olwin said. “But there are a number of other guys competing for the spot. Whoever isn’t playing quarterback will move to the wide receiver spot in this offense.”
During the last seven on seven drills, Richard took all the reps, but according to Olwin nothing be should read into that.
Said Olwin: “I told the other guys Jon would get all the snaps because he is not going to be at our next seven on seven because of baseball.”
The other challenge facing Olwin is returning the aura that once emanated from Versailles football. The Tigers won five state titles from 1993-2003 and played in seven title games. However, the last two seasons, Versailles fell to 5-5 and 2-8, something Olwin is very aware of.
“We want to return the attitude of Tigerball to Versailles football,” Olwin said. “That means playing defense and tackling.”
It is on the defensive side of the ball that Olwin is leaning on tradition. Versailles spent the last couple of years running a 5-2 defense, but Olwin is returning to the 4-4, implemented and refined by legendary coach Al Hetrick.
During the press conference this spring when asked about his defense, Olwin emphatically proclaimed that he was returning to the Tigers 4-4. For that he is turning to the two remaining assistant coaches who coached under Hetrick, Bob Stammen and Craig Prenger.
Both have coached and/or played in the 4-4 and will be in charge of defense.
Off the field, Olwin has become a part of the community spending the past few months meeting and talking to Versailles residents, along with attending a number of spring sport events.
“I think I know some of the people in the community better than the kids,” said a smiling Olwin.
That might be the case now, but as the calendar pushes towards August that’s about to change.
8/22 @ OAKWOOD (DAYTON)
8/29 BISHOP RYAN CATHOLIC (HAMILTON, ONTARIO)
9/12 @ ST HENRY
9/19 ST JOHN’S (DELPHOS)
9/26 @ MINSTER
10/3 FORT RECOVERY
10/10 @ MARION LOCAL (MARIA STEIN)
10/24 @ PARKWAY (ROCKFORD)