Patrick Henry looking for fifth Final Four in seven years

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Hamler Patrick Henry Patriots

Patrick Henry continued their tremendous success last season with
another appearance in the state semifinals. The Patriots weren’t quite
sure how good they could be coming into the season, but head coach Bill
Inselmann said that things came together for the team throughout the
year. Much of the same is expected this season.


Patrick Henry
Division V
Region 18

2009 Record: 13-1
   

* Players To Watch: OL/NG Xavier Dye (5-10, 180, sr.), TE/DE Jacob Carrizales (6-2, 205, soph.), OG/DT Josh Almanza (5-11, 210, sr.), SS Lucas Rosebrook (5-9, 175, jr.)

* Outlook –
Patrick Henry continued their tremendous success last season with another appearance in the state semifinals. The Patriots weren’t quite sure how good they could be coming into the season, but head coach Bill Inselmann said that things came together for the team throughout the year.

“Last year was a very, very pleasant season for us,” Inselmann said. “We knew we could be a good team again, but we had a unique mixture of some very talented, experienced players, and then a host of new players. It just seemed as the season went on that we gelled real good and they got along good, and it just seemed to get that momentum and confidence going. For the fourth time in the last six years, we found ourselves in the final four. Last year was as rewarding of an experience that we’ve had.”

As always, Patrick Henry will be expected to win and win often again in 2010. All-Ohio defensive lineman Xavier Dye (87 tackles, 12 TFL) leads a group of seven returning starters.

“We took some hard hits with graduation, especially our skill package on both sides of the ball,” Inselmann said. “We lost our entire secondary defensively. Offensively we lost Luke George, our quarterback, our all-time leading rusher in Justin Buenger, our other running back, and both receivers. So we really got hurt at our skill positions.

“Although we lost a good lineman in Brad Yarnell, we do have some good experience on both offensive and defensive lines coming back, and that is going to have to be our strength. We think we have some decent kids skill-wise, talent-wise that can fit in, but it’s going to be how they accept each other and how they mesh. But I’ll take a good offensive and defensive line to start with, and that’s going to have to be our strength.”

Patrick Henry will need to rely on some inexperienced players, but the stability of the program could have them prepared for what they will face on the varsity level.

“I think confidence is going to be huge,” Inselmann said. “This will be my 15th year running the West Coast offense, and that is one thing that I cannot say enough about. These kids have come up in this system, so it may be their first year starting, but they have been running the system since they have been playing football for us, so I think that’s key. They know the system and it’s nothing new to them.”

* Schedule –
Schedule-wise, Patrick Henry faces a unique non-conference opponent in Week 1 to go with the traditional conference foes.

“We’ve got a really unique schedule this year,” Inselmann said. “Our traditional rivalry Leipsic we have changed, and they have taken a game against Delphos Jefferson, so we had to find a Week 1 opponent. We found a team called St. Charles out of Michigan. It’s a neat situation where they have Week 1 at Eastern Michigan University on turf. They have 3-4 games each day, and we’re going to be featured on Saturday of Week 1.

“(St. Charles) has been in the Michigan playoffs now for four years in a row, an extremely well-coached team, and that’s going to have a playoff atmosphere in Week 1… From what we’re gathering, St. Charles is a small school like us, which would be like a Division V in Ohio. But in their area, a lot of teams don’t want to play them because they’ve been that successful and dominant the last couple of years. It should be a good game, and hopefully we haven’t gotten in too big of a deal but it’s really a neat situation.

“Our other non-league game is a traditional power in Northwest Ohio, Eastwood, and we played them last year for the first time. And our league always historically is tough, with Liberty Center, Wauseon, Archbold, and Delta. So we look for a very, very strong schedule for us, especially our non-league schedule.”

8/28/2010    at St. Charles (Mich.) (D-VI)   
9/3/2010      at Swanton (D-IV)
9/10/2010    Montpelier (D-V)
9/17/2010    Liberty Center (D-V)
9/24/2010    at Metamora Evergreen (D-IV)
10/1/2010    Delta (D-V)
10/8/2010    at Bryan (D-III)
10/15/2010  Archbold (D-V)
10/22/2010  Pemberville Eastwood (D-IV)
10/29/2010  at Wauseon (D-IV)

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