The 2009 season was another step in the right direction for Hicksville
and head coach Lucas Smith. The Aces posted an 8-2 record during Smith’s
first season in 2008 after three straight losing seasons and then went
one step further in 2009 with a 9-1 regular season mark and a playoff
2009 record: 9-2
* Players To Watch – TB/DB John Michael (6-2, 165, sr.), OL/DL Joe Contreas (5-9, 180, jr.), RB/DB Charlie Emenhiser (6-2, 190, jr.), RB/LB Seth Klepper (6-0, 200, jr.), QB/DB Justin Miller (6-0, 190, jr.), OL/DL Tyler Laney (6-0, 200, jr.), WR/DB Logan Husted (5-9, 150, jr.), WR/DB Cody Laney (5-5, 135, jr.), OL/LB Austin Michael (5-10, 165, jr.), RB/LB Nick Post (5-8, 160, jr.), WR/DB Christian Sexton (5-9, 160, jr.), OL/DL Gunner Shock (5-9, 190, jr.), OL/DL Tyler Adkins (6-1, 250, sr.), WR/DE Zac Stoll (6-4, 180, jr.), WR/DB Shane Bostic (5-10, 165, soph.), OL/DL Josh Kline (6-0, 200, soph.)
* Outlook – The 2009 season was another step in the right direction for Hicksville and head coach Lucas Smith. The Aces posted an 8-2 record during Smith’s first season in 2008 after three straight losing seasons and then went one step further in 2009 with a 9-1 regular season mark and a playoff berth.
“We have had two successful years in a row,” Smith said. “The kids now should know what it takes to win. They know our offense, defense and special teams.”
The Aces will be looking to take the next step in 2010, which will include competing better with top-notch competition. The Aces ended their season with two lopsided losses to Defiance Tinora in the season finale and Lima Central Catholic in the first round of the playoffs.
“We started 9-0 but got our butts kicked the last two games by a combined 91-0,” Smith said. “We need to learn how to compete with the big boys and not give up early (mentally and physically).”
To do that, Hicksville will start with improved offseason conditioning and a more challenging schedule.
“We have increased the difficulty of our offseason training program and our schedule,” Smith said. “Both should pay off for us.
“We are now playing Archbold (Week 1) instead of Montpelier and we are playing Paul Harding High School (Ft. Wayne, Ind.) Week 2. Tinora is now our Week 4 opponent. We have a very challenging start to the season. We are also scrimmaging Wauseon, Bryan, and Hilltop. We have to be good come Week 1.”
This year’s team returns five starters on each side of the ball, including the quarterback and all three linebackers. Among some of the returning stat leaders are Emenhiser (8 sacks, 177 yards rushing, 2 TD), Klepper (87 tackles, 571 yards rushing, 6 TD), and Miller (431 yards rushing, 10 TD; 387 yards passing, 6 TD).
This year’s team will not be senior-heavy, but several of the team’s underclassmen have plenty of experience.
“We are athletic and we have a lot of team speed but lack size,” Smith said.” We have half of our offensive production coming back. We had a lot of underclassmen get a lot of playing time this year; some of them are three-year starters as juniors.
“We lost a lot of seniors who were very successful and productive for us in 2009. We only have three seniors this year; the underclassmen will have to step it up if we want to be successful.”
Overall though, things continue to look up for the Aces and the feeling is one of optimism.
“The outlook is very promising,” Smith said. “If we can play as one team and stay healthy, we should compete for the (Green Meadows Conference) title.”
* Schedule – The opener against Archbold will set the tone. After that key games include Tinora (Week 4) and Fairview (Week 10). Luckily for the Aces both of those are at home.
8/27 @ ARCHBOLD
9/3 PAUL HARDING (IN)
9/10 @ EDON
9/17 TINORA (DEFIANCE)
9/24 @ ANTWERP
10/1 WAYNE TRACE (HAVILAND)
10/8 @ AYERSVILLE (DEFIANCE)
10/22 @ EDGERTON
10/29 FAIRVIEW (SHERWOOD)