Coleman Looks To Build On Their Success
Last season one team had sole possession of the M&O Conference, the Coleman Cougars. Coleman put together an undefeated regular season, then cruised through the post season until they were stopped one game short of a Camp Randall visit.
Well, it's another season in the M&O and the Cougars are quickly gearing their green machine up for another year on the gridiron.
The coaching staff will return from last year, including Jeff Bronson at head coach, along with assistant coaches Keith Long, Andy Kaufman, Jeremy Brady and Chris Gould.
During Saturday morning's practice it was apparent that they were more than just the coaches guiding the team. Many of the seniors and juniors were also doing their part in the development of the young Cougar talent.
"We have been focusing on making sure our seniors and juniors, with a little more experience, take some ownership of the team," said Bronson. "It's nice to see these guys correctly helping the younger guys, especially the freshmen."
When discussing some of the strengths of this years squad, Bronson took time to note what he feels is one of the true advantages of his team.
"I definitely like our experience up front," said Bronson. "It's nice knowing that from tight end to tight end we have a lot of guys that played plenty of football last year."
One of the big question marks on the Coleman football field this year will be the replacement of QB Blake Margis.
"It's tough not having Blake this year, but we are confident that we can rely on our run game until our quarterback becomes relaxed in the pocket."
Anyone who had a chance to see the run game in action last year knows just how devastating the run game was.
This years squad is composed of 42 players.
Seniors are Jordan Blanchard TE/LB, Gunnar Patz TE/LB, Devin Schulte RB/DB, Garret Johnson TE/DB, Austin Tachick RB/DB, Brandon Patz OL/DL, Matthew Kostreva OL/LB, Hunter Schlies OL/DL, Tyler Patz OL/LB, Cade Klimek OL/DL, Donovan Salewski OL/DL, Taylor Kansier OL/DL, and Josh Pillath Te/LB.
Joining the ranks of the junior class are Ty Hoffman RB/DB, Tim Luck OL/DL, Aaron Fraser TE/LB, Cole Woulf TE/DB and Ryan Terp TE/DB.
Sophomores are Bryce Karban QB/LB, Cody Vandenack RB/DB, Will Ganter RB/LB, Blake Forner RB/LB, Jacob Zeitler RB/LB, Mason Risner RB/DB, Jake Baldwin RB/LB, Brock Martinson OL/LB, Seneth Powless OL/DL, Dakota Baars OL/DL, Allen Sokol OL/DL, Torry Deastell OL/DL and Jonathon Sleeter TE/DB.
The list of freshmen includes Trevor Risner QB/DB, Brandon Engels TE/DB, Payton Nelson RB/DB, Sam Kuchta QB/DB, John Bieber OL/LB, Joel Styczynski OL/LB, Chaz Sleeter OL/DL, Hunter Woulf OL/DL, Justin Pleshek OL/DL, Austin Heinze OL/DL and Seth Seefeldt TE/DB.
"Having 42 kids this year is definitely nice," said Bronson. "We will have more time in practice to work with the younger guys and develop the JV squad. It definitely is encouraging."
Everyone will have to wait to see if they will become the powerhouse they were a season ago. But as Bronson put it, "We want to get better every practice. If we are fortunate enough where we do end up on top, thats great! But our overall goal here is improvement. Each kid can set their own goals, but as coaches we want these kids to get better every day."
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