The Redskins have made the playoffs four years in a row. The next
step? A regional title. This could be the year. It won’t be easy in a
section of the state dominated by the MAC, but Loramie has its own
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*Fort Loramie (8-3, Region 24 quarterfinalist): The Redskins have made the playoffs four years in a row. The next step? A regional title. This could be the year. It won’t be easy in a section of the state dominated by the MAC, but Loramie has its own horses. Head coach Matt Burgbacher (36-11 in four years) welcomes back a veteran club that return s eight starters on each side of the ball.
“We are cautiously opptimistic for the upcoming season,” Burgbacher said. “One area we need to focus on is continuing to improve and fight complacency. Our program has taken great strides in the last four years, and this year should no different.”
Offensively, the Redskins will ride senior RB Delaunte Thornton (5-8, 193) who is attempting to become the program’s first Division I recruit ever. Last year, Thronton ran for 1,314 yards and 21 TDs. Also back is senior WR Craig Fullenkamp (5-10, 140) who caught 25 passes for 516 yards and six TDs last year. Senior Tyler Kazmaier (6-2, 185) steps in at QB. The OL will be anchored by seniors Andy Meyer (5-11, 190) and Zach Brandewie (6-1, 205) and juniors Luke Gigandet (5-8, 165), David Ahrns (5-11, 275) and Tristan Stripling (5-10, 190).
On defense, senior DL Grant Eilerman (5-11, 184), the reigning Northwest Central Conference Defensive Player of the Year, returns after registering 76 tackles, 11 TFL and 5.5 sacks last season. Other key contributors are senior DE Logan McGee (6-0, 185/49 tackles, 5.5 sacks), Bradnewie (100 tackles), Fullenkamp (three INTs), Kazmaier (66 tackles) and Ahrns (50 tackles, five TFL).
Other key contributors will be senior RB/LB Troy Benanzer and junior QB/DB Andy Grewe (5-9, 150).
Stripling doubles as an effective kicker (48 PATs last year).
Loramie’s schedule includes MAC foes Minster and New Bremen in weeks 1 and 2 and then new non-league games against Defiance Tinora and Ada in weeks 3 and 4.
“This is the best schedule we have had in our short history of football at Fort Loramie,” Burgbacher said. “After our first 4 games, we will know what kind of football team we have. It’s imperative we get off to a great start.
“We play in one of the toughest regions in the state with the likes of Marion Local, Ada, Minster,and St. Henry. We know what it takes to advance in the playoffs.”
New Bremen (0-0)
Lehman Catholic (0-0)
Upper Scioto Valley (0-0)