Hilltop out to make history; Cadets loaded and ready

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Hilltop Cadets Football

For the past two years, Hilltop has made history by earning
back-to-back playoff berths. This season the Cadets would like to make
more by securing the school’s first postseason win. Numbers – as in 16
starters back – suggest their odds are good. Head coach Mike Bumb (64-38 in 10 years) enters his 11th season at
Hilltop with arguably the school’s most talented roster ever.


West Unity Hilltop (8-3)

* Players to Watch – RB/DB Chad Beals (5-11, 180, Sr.); OL/DT Logan Mercer (6-2, 255, Sr.); DB Josiah Poletta (5-10, 180, Jr.); TE/DE Nate Schafer (6-4, 215, Sr.); OL/DL Logan Mercer (6-2, 250, Sr.); OL/LB Austin Ashenfelter (5-11, 190, Jr.); OL Jacob Carpenter (5-10, 190, Jr.); WR/DL Nick Smith (5-11, 160, Sr.); LB Quinton Nofziger (5-5, 170, Jr.); DB Chase Clark (5-9, 150, Sr.); OL/LB Trevor Reamsnyder (5-9, 200)

* Outlook –
For the past two years, Hilltop has made history by earning back-to-back playoff berths. This season the Cadets would like to make more by securing the school’s first postseason win. Numbers – as in 16 starters back – suggest their odds are good.

Head coach Mike Bumb (64-38 in 10 years) enters his 11th season at Hilltop with arguably the school’s most talented roster ever.

Beals is arguably the school’s most talented player ever. The senior running back has rushed for 2,431 yards and scored 45 TDs the last two years. Last season he rushed for 1,462 yards and scored 29 times, including three via reception and two on kick returns.

Beals is one of seven starters back on offense, where the only question – who will replace standout QB Josh Westfall – will be answered by sophomore Tyler Shipman (5-11, 170). Hilltop’s OL averages 230.

The defense, which returns nine starters, will be the team’s strength. Nofziger (65 tackles), Clark (65 tackles), Shaffer (59 tackles) and Smith (63 tackles) lead the unit.
Poletta, a standout RB/DB as described by Bumb, could be a difference maker. He missed last season with an injury.

The Cadets were 5-1 in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference last year and finished second. Paying back TAAC champ Northwood for a 45-19 drubbing in Week 6 is on the agenda.

Schedule

8/28 EDGERTON
9/4 ANTWERP
9/11 @ HOLGATE
9/18 @ DANBURY (LAKESIDE)    
9/25 TOLEDO CHRISTIAN
10/2 @ NORTHWOOD
10/9 @ OTTAWA HILLS (TOLEDO)        
10/16 MONTPELIER
10/23 @ CARDINAL STRITCH (OREGON)    
10/30 EDON

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