Coming off a 12-1 season, Fredericktown faces a little bit
of an adjustment period as new head coach Brian Baum takes over after
moving over from Mansfield Madison. But with an experienced, dedicated
core returning (seven starters back on each side of the ball), the
Freddies are expected to keep the wins coming.
2009 Record: 12-1
* Players To Watch: MLB/FB Austin Hoeflich (6-1, 190, sr.), Slot/DB Tony Lybarger (5-10, 175, sr.), FS/WR Tyler Hathaway (5-9, 165, sr.), OL/DL Logan Awiller (6-1, 240, sr.), OL/DL Nick Stacey (6-2, 260, sr.)
* Outlook – Coming off a 12-1 season, the Fredericktown Freddies face a little bit of an adjustment period as new head coach Brian Baum takes over after moving over from Mansfield Madison. But with an experienced, dedicated core returning (seven starters back on each side of the ball), the Freddies are expected to keep the wins coming this season.
“I got the job and went down 9 o’clock on a Friday night to check out the facilities, and there were three kids in there lifting because they had a baseball game earlier that day,” Baum said. “They had to get their football lift in. They’re dedicated; it’s a great spot to be right now.
“They’re hard-working kids. That’s the biggest thing is they’re going out there every day, trying to get better, just looking at things.”
The skill positions and offensive and defensive lines should be among Fredericktown’s strengths this year, Baum says. The quarterback and running back position are the main question marks on offense, although Baum likes what he has at running back.
“The only place I have inexperience is the quarterback spot and the tailback spot,” Baum said. “When the tailback filled in last year for the injured running back, he had some nice games, so I’m not losing a lot there. The quarterback spot is the concern right now.”
Defensively, the Freddies want to focus on secondary play as well as filling in an open spot at LB/DE.
“Secondary is very important,” Baum said. “With the spread age we’re in right now, I want to make sure the secondary is set up right. Two of the three linebackers are back, the third one filling in is going to be a nice one. The outside linebacker/defensive end spot is also where we’re replacing a couple kids. We don’t have experience there, but we have a couple athletes we’re going to throw at it, coach them up and see how they do.”
* Schedule – The Freddies went undefeated in the 2009 regular season, but to do so again, they will have to beat some tough yearly foes and some programs that seem to be on the way up.
“Highland’s a nice athletic team,” Baum said. “That’s going to be a battle in Week 1. Week 3 is Crestview, another good solid playoff team. Then you get into league play and you got Johnstown, Utica, and Loudonville – all very good programs. Centerburg’s got a new coach, East Knox has a new coach and Danville’s getting their legendary coach back, so the league’s really looking like it’s coming up and is going to be pretty tough.”
8/27/2010 at Sparta Highland (D-IV)
9/3/2010 at Sugar Grove Berne Union (D-V)
9/10/2010 Ashland Crestview (D-V)
9/17/2010 at Johnstown Northridge (D-V)
9/24/2010 at Danville (D-VI)
10/1/2010 Johnstown-Monroe (D-IV)
10/8/2010 Howard East Knox (D-IV)
10/15/2010 at Utica (D-IV)
10/22/2010 Centerburg (D-V)
10/29/2010 Loudonville (D-V)