In his second year as head coach at Sherwood Fairview after
taking over for Bob Olwin, who is now at Versailles, Dave Robinson was
able to guide his team to the postseason for the fourth straight year. Now, do they make it five?
2009 Record: 7-4
* Players To Watch – QB Brock Mosier (5-11, 200, sr.), QB Luke Kuhn (6-2, 215, sr.), QB Brandon Mosier (5-10, 175, soph.), WR/KR/PR Willie Flannery (5-9, 170, sr.), C/MLB Kyle Trent (5-9, 180, sr.), WR/LB Jeffrey Timbrook (6-1, 190, soph.)
* Outlook – In his second year as head coach at Sherwood Fairview after taking over for Bob Olwin, who is now at Versailles, Dave Robinson was able to guide his team to the postseason for the fourth straight year. The Apaches started off 2-2 but were able to come together as the season progressed to earn the playoff berth.
“I was pretty pleased with my second year,” Robinson said. “I thought my kids performed pretty well. Two years in a row we had graduated the majority of experience that we had on our team. Last year’s team, even though that we had some kids that were good players as far as being the go-to guys, we didn’t have that kind of game experience that we had the prior two years. I think that really showed early in the season, but I thought my kids matured and I thought that they played real well down the stretch.”
This year’s team returns eight starters overall, but several players were able to get valuable experience last year that Robinson hopes will help this year.
“We’re hoping those kids that got that experience now understand what it takes to be a varsity player as opposed to a JV player,” Robinson said. “We’re hoping that we’re not going to have to go through those inexperienced growing pains that we had to go through early last year.”
Three starters return on offense, a number Robinson says is misleading because of the number of returning players who saw time last season.
“We probably had nine kids that got experience playing on offense, but they weren’t actually starters during the season,” Robinson said.
The quarterback position will be one area that has multiple players with game experience, but wide receiver will be a position that could be a question mark.
“Probably the major concern is offensively we lost pretty much our entire receiving corps, but due to injuries and lack of experience last year, we did have about four different kids that played at the quarterback spot,” Robinson said. “So I don’t necessarily think that we’re going to be experienced at the quarterback spot, but we’re at least going to have some options to go to. We have some very talented young receivers that got a lot of reps at JV, and they’re going to have to step up and play at the varsity level.”
Five starters return on defense, which should make for a good nucleus for the coming season.
“Defensively, we made some pretty big strides last year,” Robinson said. “We do have five of those eleven guys back on defense, and I’m hoping that defensively we’ve turned the corner a little bit and we can be more stout on defense.”
* Schedule – The Apaches face an improved schedule from last season, adding a new non-conference power to an already challenging slate. The first half of the season in particular could make or break this team.
“We’re going to be playing one of the toughest schedules that we played,” Robinson said. “We still open with Wauseon, but we replace (Elmore) Woodmore in the second week with Anna out of the MAC. When you want to take your program to the next level, you’ve got to step up and toughen up your schedule. I think that’s what we’re looking to do. Anytime you schedule somebody in the MAC, I think that’s the kind of competition you’re looking for.
“Then we have Archbold, who’s in our region, and we have Ayersville and Tinora,” Robinson said. “Ayersville should be very much improved, and Tinora, even though they graduated a lot, I’m sure they’ll be fighting for the league title. So we’re going to have a very tough first five weeks. Not that the rest of our schedule is easy, but that’s probably going to tell the tale of our season.”
8/27 at Wauseon
9/3 at Anna
9/17 Defiance Ayersville
9/24 at Defiance Tinora
10/8 at Antwerp
10/22 Haviland Wayne Trace
10/29 at Hicksville