Prep football preview: Fulton Pirates

Prep football preview: Fulton Pirates


Prep football preview: Fulton Pirates


PDF: Preview the Fulton Pirates

Schedule, coach, roster


8/30 BATH

9/7 at Potterville

9/14 at Laingsburg


9/28 at Fowler

10/5 at Saranac


10/19 at Ovid-Elsie


* Age: 44

* Playing experience: Caseville 1983-86

* Coaching experience: Fulton 2003-present

* Career record: 81-25

* Full-time job: Fulton High biology, anatomy and forensic science teacher

* Assistant coaches: Dave Sheahan, Boone McEwen, Jerry Winkler, Jeff Waldron, Todd Walden, Jay Childers, Joel Gillespie


3 Dalton Trefil SE/DB jr.

6 Joe Wilson FB/LB sr.

8 Trevor Hilgendorf RB/DB jr.

9 Jacob Knight TE/DB jr.

10 Jake Litwiller QB/LB fr.

11 Joel Gillespie QB/DB jr.

20 Nate Davis SE/DB jr.

21 Josh Stephens RB/LB so.

23 Jerrod Sattler RB/LB jr.

25 Tyler Spade RB/DB so.

32 Zach Thum TE/LB sr.

42 Brandan Hulbert OL/LB so.

54 Korey Moomey OL/DL jr.

55 Eli Stephens OL/DL so.

61 Troy Bearden OL/DL jr.

62 Wyatt Johnson OL/DL so.

64 Hunter Parks OL/DL jr.

66 Jordan Buck OL/DL jr.

68 Cody Thomas OL/DL jr.

74 Josh Eyer OL/DL sr.

76 Mitch Mills OL/DL so.

Returning starters

5 on offense

3 on defense


Joe Wilson 5-10, 205, sr. LB

Korey Moomey 5-11, 215, sr. OL

Tyler Spade 5-8, 155, jr. RB

Eli Stephens 5-11, 215, jr. OL

Josh Stephens 5’9, 185, jr. RB


Joe Wilson 5-10, 205, sr. LB

Korey Moomey 5-11, 215, sr. OL

Jake Knight 6-0 175, sr. LB



Joel Gillespie 5-11, 165, jr. QB

Jake Litwiller 5-11, 175, fr. QB

Cody Thomas 5-7, 195, jr. OL

Jerrod Sattler 5-9, 140, jr. RB

Jordan Buck 6-2, 195, jr. OL

Hunter Parks 5-11, 210, jr. OL


Zach Thum 5-10, 180, sr. LB

Dalton Trefil 5-8, 135, jr. DB

Nate Davis 6-2, 160, jr. DB

Brandan Hulbert 6-1, 205, so. LB

Wyatt Johnson 6-0, 205 , so. DL

Mitch Mills 5-10, 210, so. DL

Trevor Hilgendorf 5-4, 130, jr. DB



Fulton enters the fall with just four seniors and just eight starters combined (five on offense, three on defense). This will make the Pirates one of the younger teams in the CMAC. Coach John Winkler will need leadership to develop in some of his less experienced players, with an extremely tough four-game stretch from Sept. 14-Oct. 5, including three road games at Laingsburg, Fowler and Saranac and a home date with Pewamo-Westphalia sandwiched in between.


Senior linebacker Joe Wilson will have to be the one that provides the leadership to start for the Pirates, but it’ll be a role that he’s used to. Wilson, who was an All-CMAC linebacker in 2011, is a three-year starter for Fulton. He’ll team with fellow senior Jake Knight, who is one of three returning defensive players along with Wilson.


In the CMAC, you’d better have a solid running game if you expect to contend. Fulton brings back its top three running backs , including leading rusher Tyler Spade. Spade (5-foot-8, 155 pounds) is just a junior, as is fellow returning back Josh Stephens (5-9, 185). Junior Jerrod Sattler (5-9, 140) also gives the Pirates some depth at this spot.


The Pirates have made the playoffs every year since 1997, but this year may be tough with how young Winkler’s team is. The top of the league is strong as usual and Fulton plays just three home games in league play. Two come against Bath and Dansville, who are expected to finish toward the bottom of the conference. Last year, Fulton went 5-5 with an opening-round loss to eventual Division 8 runner-up Fowler, and the Pirates may need to spring an upset to surpass that win total in 2012.


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