Prep football preview: Ionia Bulldogs

Prep football preview: Ionia Bulldogs

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Prep football preview: Ionia Bulldogs

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8/23 (Thu.) at Alma

8/30 BROOKLYN COLUMBIA CENTRAL

9/7 at DeWitt

9/14 FOWLERVILLE

9/21 at Haslett

9/28 ST. JOHNS

10/5 at Owosso

10/12 LESLIE

10/19 LAKEWOOD

MIKE HOLES

* Age: 31

* Playing experience: Indian River Inland Lakes 1995-98, Alma College 1999-2003

* Coaching experience: Ionia 2011-present

* Career record: 2-7

* Full-time job: Ionia High physical education teacher

* Assistant coaches: Jason Griffith, James Merrifield, Brad Starks, Tim Antonides, Jim Batista, Trinity Esquivel, Andy Barr, Craig Shreeve, Steve Pettit, Andy Nobis, Bryant Claycomb, Ryan Perry, Corey Haskins

no.nameposition…year

2 Jordan Miller OL/LB…sr.

4 Mike Cory WR/DB…sr.

5 Caleb Merrifield DE…sr.

7 Makiah Miller WR/DB…jr.

8 Bailey Mitchell QB/DB…jr.

9 Austin Gregory QB/DB…so.

10 Colin Prominski WR/DB…jr.

12 J.D. Zammaron WR/LB…jr.

14 Aaron Frost WR/DB…jr.

21 Dustin Lehman WR/LB…jr.

22 Tim Wohlfert TE/DE…sr.

23 Bryant Nummer WR/DB…sr.

24 Brian Wiles WR/DB…so.

31 Joey Rushford WR/LB…jr.

34 Brandon Serna WR/DB…jr.

44 Kyle Parks RB/LB…so.

45 Jason Holton WR/LB…sr.

50 Devin Gorby OL/DE…sr.

52 Trent Cook OL/LB…sr.

53 Braden Bennett OL/DL…sr.

56 Jon Klumpp OL/DL…so.

61 Doug Henry OL/LB…so.

64 Eric Spohr OL/LB…jr.

67 Ryan Klumpp OL/DL…sr.

70 James Snarski OL/DL…sr.

72 Nate Hull OL/DL…jr.

75 Mason Eldridge OL/DL…jr.

80 Zach Barna WR/DB…jr.

81 Denny Schmitz WR/DB…jr.

Returning starters

6 on offense

5 on defense

OFFENSE

James Snarski OL 6-3, 245, sr. OL

Jordan Miller OL 6-2, 220, sr. OL

Ryan Klumpp OL 6-1, 240, sr. OL

Jon Klumpp OL 6-0, 235, so. OL

Colin Prominski WR 6-1, 205, WR

Mike Cory WR 5-10, 180, WR

DEFENSE

Jordan Miller, 6-2, 220, sr. LB

Brandon Serna, 5-8, 150, sr. DB

Bryant Nummer, 6-0, 185, sr. DB

Ryan Klumpp, 6-1, 240, sr. DL

James Snarski, 6-3, 245, sr. DL

OTHER CONTRIBUTORS

OFFENSE

Kyle Parks, 5-10, 205, so. RB

Mason Eldridge, 6-3, 280, jr. OL

Tim Wohlfert, 6-2, 200, sr. TE

DEFENSE

Brian Wiles, 6-0, 165, so. DB

Tim Wohlfert, 6-2, 200, sr. DE

Mike Cory, 5-10, 185, sr. DB

Jon Klumpp, 6-0, 240, so. DL

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EXPERIENCE ON THE LINE

Ionia has six returning starters on offense, four of them interior linemen — seniors James Snarski, Jordan Miller and Ryan Klumpp, as well as sophomore Jon Klumpp, who started five games at tackle after being called up from the JV as a freshman. Miller also earned all-league honors on defense as a linebacker.

GROUND GAINS

Holes said that being able to run the football is essential to his team’s success. While the likely starter at running back, Kyle Parks, is just a sophomore, the experience on the offensive line could be the key to attaining that goal.

NO MORE DOGFIGHT

Since winning the last two championships of the old CAAC-2 in 2005 and 2006, the Bulldogs have fallen on hard times, winning more than two games just once, when they posted a 3-6 record in 2008. Of their 10 wins in that five-year span, five of them are against Eaton Rapids, who is not on Ionia’s schedule this season.

TOUGH SCHEDULE

Six of Ionia’s nine games this season are against schools who qualified for the playoffs in 2011, including three of its four non-league games. Those who did not were CAAC Red foes Fowlerville and Owosso and county rival Lakewood.

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