Theisen ‘excited’ to lead Indian Hill after snapped playoff streak


Cincinnati Indian Hill Braves

After four straight seasons finishing as the No. 1 seed in
Region 12, Cincinnati Indian Hill was on the outside looking in on the postseason finishing
No. 9 in computer points.

Longtime assistant Mike Theisen steps into the head spot with the goal of leading the Braves back into the payoffs at the top of the list.

Cincinnati Indian Hill (8-2) 

* Players to WatchRB Jacob Bauer (6-0, 215, Sr.),
QB/WR Sam Hendricks (6-5, 195, Sr.), RB Reid Lockwood (5-8, 165, Jr.), LB A.J.
Froelich (6-1, 215, Sr.), DE Jeremy Dollin (6-4, 200, Sr.), DE Nick Jaroszewicz
(6-2, 220, Sr.), LB Max Hendricks (6-1, 205, Sr.) 

Outlook – Something happened to Cincinnati Indian
Hill last season that hasn’t happened in a long time.  

After four straight seasons finishing as the No. 1 seed in
Region 12, the Braves were on the outside looking in on the postseason finishing
No. 9 in computer points – missing the playoffs by just seven-tenths of a

The waves of change continued in the offseason with the
departure of 16-year head coach Kevin Siple to Cincinnati Hills Christian
Academy to take over the offensive coordinator duties for the Eagles.  

Enter longtime assistant Mike Theisen to lead the Braves.  

“It’s a great situation to go into,” said Theisen, who was
the Indian Hill defensive coordinator for 15 years. “I was part of building the
program. I think we built a quality program and it is on very solid ground.  

“Now it is my job to not only maintain it but raise the
program up a little bit. So, I am excited.” 

Sam Hendricks will step in under center for graduated
three-time all state quarterback Bo Cordell. Hendricks is a Division I college
football prospect and it getting interest from the likes of Iowa, Cincinnati and
Ball State.  

“We’re pretty fortunate that Sam Hendricks is going to step
right in,” Theisen said. “I think Sam would have been the starting quarterback
had we not had (Cordell),” Theisen said. 

Hendricks, who had 33 catches for 606 yards and seven
touchdowns at receiver last season ranking him second in the conference, will
give Cincinnati Hills League defenses a different look than Cordell did the past
three years.  

“They are going to have to defend the quarterback,” Theisen
explained. “Bo was a fantastic passer but not a threat running the ball so teams
didn’t really have to defend him in that part of the game.  

“Teams are going to have to defend Sam in all aspects of
the game. He can throw the ball efficiently but it is his running skills that
teams are going to have to handle.” 

The offense as a whole will have a new-look. After Cordell
tallied over 8,000 yards passing and 86 touchdowns in his career, Theisen plans
on shifting the offensive focus. 

“We’re going to be a little different. We’re not going to
throw the ball as much and we are going to be more run-oriented,” he said.  

Bauer, who battled injury last season, rushed for 366 yards
and six touchdowns in five games handle the rushing duties this season. Lockwood
tallied 334 yards on 47 carries and five scores in seven games.

Despite the change at the head position, Theisen kept a lot
of the same personnel on staff to maintain some continuity for the players.   

And another thing that hasn’t changed at Indian Hill: the
unconditional enthusiasm for the Braves. 

“There is tremendous support from the community for me,”
Theisen said. “I am a known entity. They know me and they know what they’ve got
and I think it is going to be a very big plus as we go through this transition.”


Aug. 28, Cincinnati McNicholas, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 4, at Germantown Valley View, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 11, Cincinnati Turpin, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 18, at Cincinnati Deer Park, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 25, at Cincinnati Madeira, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 2, Cincinnati Mariemont, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 9, Reading, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 16, at North Bend Taylor, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 23, Cincinnati Finneytown, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 29, at Cincinnati Wyoming, 7:30 p.m.

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