Ansonia book ended its season with lopsided losses to Fort Recovery
(48-6 in season opener) and Lehman Catholic (42-7 in regional
quarterfinals), but played very solid for nine weeks in between. The
majority of that core is back, as the Tigers lost just four seniors
from last year’s team.
* Players to Watch – QB Derek Bubeck (5-11, Jr.); RB Dylan Bubeck (5-11, 170, Jr.); RB Brandon Liette (Jr.); LB Aaron Sanders (5-10, 170, Jr.); OL/DL Adam Hall (5-7, 245, Sr.); SE Reese Walters (6-0, 168, Sr.); SE Gabe Schuh (6-1, 185, Sr.)
* Outlook – Ansonia book ended its season with lopsided losses to Fort Recovery (48-6 in season opener) and Lehman Catholic (42-7 in regional quarterfinals), but played very solid for nine weeks in between. The majority of that core is back, as the Tigers lost just four seniors from last year’s team.
“We have a number of players back with varsity experience as well as playoff experience,” head coach Eugene Hoening said. “With so many starters coming back the team must be careful not to become complacent with what it accomplished a year ago.”
Hoening never rests on his laurels. The longtime head coach has a 169-115-1 record in 28 years at Ansonia and has led the program to its three playoff appearances. The Tigers could be in line for another.
Dereck Bubeck accounted for over 1,000 total yards at QB last year (threw for 940 and ran for 305), while Dylan Bubeck ran for 743 yards. Liette racked up another 795 yards on the ground in addition to kicking 25 PATs and punting (averaged 33.3 per attempt).
Walters and Schuh each had over 14 receptions last season.
Defensively Sanders sets the tone (151 tackles, including 30 for loss last season), while Hall is solid in the trenches (40 tackles).
Said Hoening: “The coaching staff expects this team to be better than last year’s version.”
8/28 FORT RECOVERY
9/4 TWIN VALLEY SOUTH (WEST ALEXANDRIA)
9/11 @ NATIONAL TRAIL (NEW PARIS)
9/18 @ BRADFORD
10/2 @ MISSISSINAWA VALLEY (UNION CITY)
10/9 BETHEL (TIPP CITY)
10/16 @ COVINGTON
10/23 TRI-COUNTY NORTH (LEWISBURG)
10/30 @ MIAMI EAST (CASSTOWN)