After going 20-10 in the first three years of the program’s existence,
former head coach Jon McCumber stepped down in November. He’s since
been replaced by Matt Burgbacher, the son of longtime – and highly
successful – Tippecanoe head coach Charlie Burgbacher. Burgbacher has plenty of tools to utilize.
Fort Loramie (5-5)
* Players to Watch – OL/LB Brad Frilling (6-0, 205, Sr.); RB/DB Mitch Raterman (5-10, 185, Sr.); WR/DB Tyler Rose (6-0, 150, Sr.); OL/LB Alex Wolf (6-1, 195, Sr.); TE/DE Jace Humphreys (6-1, 185, Sr.); WR/DB Cody Albers (5-10, 185, Jr.); OL/DL Jon Pearson (6-3, 225, Sr.)
* Outlook – After going 20-10 in the first three years of the program’s existence, former head coach Jon McCumber stepped down in November. He’s since been replaced by Matt Burgbacher, the son of longtime – and highly successful – Tippecanoe head coach Charlie Burgbacher.
Matt Burgbacher served as Tipp’s offensive coordinator the last several seasons and said he plans to install the Wing-T. The new coach is also excited for his first head coaching gig.
“The kids want to build something special and have earned everything they have gotten so far,” Burgbacher said. “We understand we have to gain the respect we feel we deserve, and the only way to do this is to prove it on the field.”
Experience is a strength of this year’s team, which will face a revamped schedule. Minster and New Bremen are on the schedule in weeks 1 and 2, while a meeting with rival Lehman Catholic occurs in Week 10.
In between, the Redskins start their first year in the Metro Buckeye Conference (football-only) with Troy Christian, Yellow Springs, Dayton Jefferson, Middletown Christian, Dayton Christian and Lehman.
“These are very exciting times for Fort Loramie Football,” Burgbacher said. “We have implemented quite a bit and there have been some changes, but the kids have adapted well and are ready for the challenge ahead. We feel this is our time to move forward as a football program and build on what has been established.
“The program is four years old and has a solid foundation. This is a great community, that supports athletic programs tremendously. Other sports have been very successful with state championships in baseball, basketball and cross country.”
Frilling was honorable mention All-Ohio last year when he tallied 84 tackles and four sacks. Burgbacher has also tabbed Frilling the “leader of the offensive line.”
Raterman is already the Redskins career rushing leader, while Rose has 93 career receptions for 1,300 yards and 13 TDs. Albers had 300 yards receiving last season.
Other stars on defense include Humphreys (55 tackles, four sacks), Wolf (60 tackles) and Pearson (44 tackles).
Replacing three-year starter Jay Schulze at quarterback is a concern.
8/28 @ MINSTER
9/4 NEW BREMEN
9/11 TOLEDO CHRISTIAN
9/18 @ TROY CHRISTIAN
9/25 YELLOW SPRINGS
10/2 @ JEFFERSON TWP
10/9 MIDDLETOWN CHRISTIAN
10/16 @ DAYTON CHRISTIAN (MIAMISBURG)
10/23 @ SUMMIT COUNTRY DAY (CINCINNATI)
10/30 LEHMAN CATHOLIC (SIDNEY)