Prep football preview: Haslett Vikings

Prep football preview: Haslett Vikings

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Prep football preview: Haslett Vikings

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Schedule, coach, roster

8/24 EAST LANSING

8/30 at Okemos

9/7 at Owosso

9/14 at DeWitt

9/21 IONIA

9/28 FOWLERVILLE

10/5 ST. JOHNS

10/12 WILLIAMSTON

10/19 at Chelsea

CHARLIE OTLEWSKI

* Age: 46

* Playing experience: Cheboygan 1980-83, Adrian College 1984-88

* Coaching experience: Central Michigan University graduate assistant 1988-1990, St. Ignace 1990-93, Haslett 1994-present

* Career record: 163-64

* Full-time job: Haslett High U.S. history and weight training teacher

* Assistant coaches: Jeff Woodworth, Nick Hamilton, Jeff Bott, Nick Schaibly

no. nameposition…year

2 Conor Brewer RB/DB…sr.

3 Tom Solomon RB/DB…jr.

4 Cody Bosma TE/LB…jr.

6 Sam Wegenke QB/RB/DB…sr.

7 Brennen Burns RB/DB…sr.

8 Danny Turpin RB/DB…sr.

9 Tom Baldwin TE/LB…sr.

11 Brian Martell RB/DB…jr.

10 Tyler Mehigh RB/DB…jr.

13 Jacob Taylor TE/DB…jr.

19 Bryce Dickman QB/DB…jr.

20 Graham Riley RB/DB…jr.

22 Tyler Cole RB/DB…sr.

24 Parker Underwood TE/LB…so.

25 Josh Jackard RB/DB…jr.

32 Billy Haskins RB/DB…jr.

45 Mahar A Sheikh OL/DL…sr.

50 Derek Smith OL/LB…sr.

51 Cody Johnson OL/DL…jr.

52 Josh Palmer OL/DL…jr.

54 Adam Ball OL/LB…jr.

55 Griffin Fox OL/LB…jr.

56 Brad Yates OL/LB…jr.

57 Aaron Baetz OL/DL…sr.

58 Dylan Flewelling OL/DL…sr.

60 Cody Stoddard OL/DL…sr.

61 Blake Roe OL/DL…fr.

62 Connor Wilson OL/DL…jr.

64 Sam Rathbun OL/DL…sr.

65 Zach Green OL/DL…jr.

70 Josh O’Brien OL/DL…sr.

72 Josh Magyar OL/DL…sr.

75 Cal Emmer OL/DL…jr.

77 Nolan Emmer OL/DL…sr.

79 Jeff Pointkowski OL/DL…jr.

Returning starters

6 on offense

6 on defense

OFFENSE

Sam Rathbun, 6-3, 260, sr. C

Tom Baldwin, 6-0, 195, sr. TE

Derek Smith, 6-0, 193, sr. OG

Conor Brewer, 5-10, 179, sr. RB

Josh Jackard, 6-1, 200, jr. RB

Sam Wegenke, 5-11, 188, sr. RB/QB

DEFENSE

Tom Baldwin, 6-0, 195, sr. DE

Danny Turpin, 6-1, 172, sr. DB

Sam Wegenke, 5-11, 188, sr. DB

Conor Brewer, 5-10, 179, sr. DB

Josh Jackard, 6-1, 200, jr. LB

Derek Smith, 6-0, 193, sr. LB

OTHER CONTRIBUTORS

OFFENSE

Graham Riley, 5-10, 182, jr. RB

Connor Wilson, 6-5, 237, jr. OL

Jeff Pointkowski, 6-3, 254, jr. OL

Bryce Dickman, 5-9, 161, jr. QB

DEFENSE

Josh Magyar, 6-1, 225, sr. DL

Tyler Cole, 6-2, 169, sr. DB

Griffin Fox, 6-1, 202, jr. LB

Josh O’Brien, 6-1, 208, sr. DL

Fourcast

ON THE RUN

Haslett returns senior Conor Brewer and junior Josh Jackard, who can be used as a power runner at 200 pounds, in the backfield. Throw in Sam Wegenke, a senior who is both a quarterback and a running back, and the Vikings have the talent to replace departed star running back Joe Varlesi. Junior Graham Wiley will contribute at this position as well.

LEVEL UP

The Vikings return just six players on defense, but they return at least one player at each level of the defense. That should go a long way in helping a unit that allowed the most points of any Haslett defense since 1997 (254 over nine games, including seven games allowing more than 25 points). Senior Tom Baldwin is the only defensive lineman who returns, but three defensive backs and two linebackers are back.

CENTER OF ATTENTION

Senior center Sam Rathbun is as solid as it gets in the middle at 6-foot-3, 260 pounds. Rathbun was an All-CAAC Red selection last season in a conference that featured formidable offensive linemen. Rathbun is just one of two returning offensive linemen for the Vikings along with senior guard Derek Smith.

TURNAROUND

Since they went 13-1 and lost in the Division 3 final in 2005, the Vikings have posted a season of more than six wins just once . The schedule is difficult, with a non-league home opener against East Lansing and road games at Okemos and Chelsea, but Otlewski feels this is the most dedicated group he’s had in 19 years at Haslett.

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