Perkins lost nine all-league players including the Conference Player
of the Year to graduation this spring, so the team will rely on new
faces – and a new coach. After Gary Quisno stepped down, Jason Ziegler
was tapped to take over.
2009 Record: 9-2
* Players to watch – RB/LB Richard Hohler (5-8, 190, Sr.), QB/S Evan Laser (5-11, 180, Sr.), RB/S Xavier Turner (6-1, 195, Jr.), TE/DE Michael Ebert (6-6, 220, Jr.), DL/OL Jemar Walk (6-3, 255, Sr.), LB/FB Tyson Moore (5-8, 190, Sr.)
* Outlook – Perkins lost nine all-league players including the Conference Player of the Year to graduation this spring, so the team will rely on new faces – and a new coach. After Gary Quisno stepped down, Jason Ziegler was tapped to take over.
“Quisno’s a legendary coach,” Ziegler says. “He coached a long time at Oak Harbor, when he retired this is a job I’ve always wanted. When it opened up, I decided to apply for it. I was at Perkins two years ago. I was real excited. I know the seniors coming up, so it’s very exciting.
“I believe our season will be determined by what kind of leadership we have, how we get through the tough times or adversity that comes in a season.”
A handful of seniors will be looked to for leadership, including Moore, a linebacker and fullback with 93 tackles last year, and Hohler who rushed for 814 yards on 142 attempts.
“It’s always hard to lose good seniors and this season is no exception,” Ziegler says. “But the big thing is that those seniors were tremendous leaders that did a great job leading the team through the ups and downs that come in a season. I think one of the key ingredients to this year’s season will be how … how we get through the tough times or adversity that comes in a season, and how healthy we can stay.”
Ziegler didn’t elaborate much on his coaching playbook, but he did say they’ll be doing things “a little differently on offense and not changing too much defensively.”
It seems best to ease into changes after Quisno’s impressive record at Perkins. The team lost just one regular season game last year (a 13-27 matchup against Clyde).
“This season we will be playing with a number of young players without much varsity experience,” Ziegler said. “So a lot will be determined on how fast and how well the players pick things up.”
* Schedule – Perkins will play a tough non-league schedule with Bellevue, Sandusky, and Norwalk before heading into the very strong Sandusky Bay Conference. Their Week 2 matchup has been dubbed the Hometown Showdown as they’ll face off against cross-town rival Sandusky. Perkins sole loss during the regular season last fall came against Clyde in a brutal 27-13 rumble.
8/27 @ BELLEVUE (BELLEVUE)
9/3 SANDUSKY (SANDUSKY)
9/10 NORWALK (NORWALK)
9/17 OAK HARBOR (OAK HARBOR)
9/24 ST MARY CENTRAL CATHOLIC (SANDUSKY)
10/1 EDISON (MILAN)
10/8 @ HURON (HURON)
10/15 CLYDE (CLYDE)
10/22 @ PORT CLINTON (PORT CLINTON)
10/29 @ MARGARETTA (CASTALIA)