Bryan hopes to build off school’s first playoff berth

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Bryan Football

A lot hinges on new faces at Bryan. “We are looking to build on our
first playoff appearance in school history,” says head coach Travis
Cooper. “We lost a great group of seniors, so we will be looking to see
who steps up and continues where the seniors left off.”


Bryan (8-3)
Division III
Region 10

2009 Record 8-3

* Players to watch – OT Alex Hey (6-8, 275, Sr.), RB/LB Jake Phillips (6-2, 215, Sr.), Guard/DE Miguel Rodriguez (6-1, 215, Sr.), QB/S Cody Robinson (6-0, 175, Sr.), RB/LB Jeremiah Dietrich (6-0, 220, Sr.), WR/CB Collin Bacon (6-1, 180, Soph.)

* Outlook –
A lot hinges on new faces at Bryan. “We are looking to build on our first playoff appearance in school history,” says head coach Travis Cooper. “We lost a great group of seniors, so we will be looking to see who steps up and continues where the seniors left off.”

The team’s size should be formidable with returners like first team All-Northwest Ohio Athletic League OT Alex Hey who stands 6-foot-8 and weighs in at 275. He’ll play alongside versatile 2nd Team All-NWOAL players like Guard/DE Miguel Rodriguez (6-1, 215) and RB/LB Jeremiah Dietrich (6-0, 220).

“The NWOAL is going to be very balanced and competitive,” Cooper says. “The challenge for our team will be to stay hungry and not be satisfied with last year’s success. I truly see everyone in our league improving from last year, which will require us to bring our best each and every week if we want to have a successful year.”

Bryan will have its hands full taking as it tries to topple the league-favorite Patrick Henry Patriots (Hamler).

“It is truly remarkable to see what Bill Inselmann has done over there,” says Coach Cooper. “Someone has to prove that they can be beaten.”

If Bryan can continue last fall’s success, they might have a shot at it. The Golden Bears got a tough draw in Round 1 of the playoffs where they fell 21-45 to Columbus St. Francis de Sales. St. Francis went on a playoff romp before get stopped in the state championship match-up against Youngstown Cardinal Mooney.

* Schedule – The Golden Bears will play their last regular season meeting against Napoleon as the Wildcats will transfer to a new league next fall.  One of the toughest tests in their schedule, though, will be their season opener against Van Wert – a talented, senior-laden team.

8/27       @ VAN WERT
9/3         ARCHBOLD
9/10       @ DELTA
9/17       NAPOLEON
9/24       MONTPELIER
10/1       @ WAUSEON
10/8       PATRICK HENRY (HAMLER)
10/15     @ LIBERTY CENTER
10/22     @ SWANTON
10/29     EVERGREEN (METAMORA)

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