Prep football preview: Ithaca Yellowjackets

Prep football preview: Ithaca Yellowjackets

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Prep football preview: Ithaca Yellowjackets

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Schedule, coach, roster

8/23 (Thu.) at Williamston

8/30 SAGINAW MI. LUTHERAN SEMINARY

9/7 at Saginaw Valley Lutheran

9/14 at Merrill

9/21 BRECKENRIDGE

9/28 CARROLLTON

10/5 ST. CHARLES

10/12 at St. Louis

10/19 SHEPHERD

TERRY HESSBROOK

* Age: 43

* Playing experience: Ithaca 1982-84, Olivet College 1985-88

* Coaching experience: Blanchard Montabella 1991-95, Ithaca 2004-present

* Career record: 75-60

* Full-time job: Ithaca High physical education teacher

* Assistant coaches: Brad Showers, Craig Snyder, Todd Hessbrook, Noah Moomey, Craig Fenn, John Mimranek, Josh Rayburn, Trevor Marcy, Justin Seaman

no. name
position…year

2 Travis Smith QB/DB…jr.

4 Sage DeMull K…sr.

5 Tyler Gibson WR/LF…sr.

7 Markes Gadlen WR/DB…sr.

8 Eli Villalobs WR/DB…jr.

10 Caden Kipp WR/DB…sr.

12 Zachary Allen WR/DB…sr.

14 Jared Evers WR/LB…sr.

21 Kaleb Fairchild WR/DB…sr.

22 Dakota Reeves WR/LB…sr.

23 Luke Bunting WR/DB…sr.

24 Daniel Brewer WR/DB…sr.

25 Jacob Barnes RB/LB…sr.

26 Logan Hessbrook WR/DB…jr.

30 Deonta Williams WR/DL…sr.

34 Jordan Hessbrook WR/DB…sr.

40 Bryan Shaw RB/LB…jr.

42 Alex Vanderploeg K…jr.

44 Dustin McNeally WR/DL…jr.

50 Michael Mallory OL/DL…sr.

52 Seth Capen OL/LB…jr.

54 Layne Helms OL/DL…sr.

55 Josh Capen OL/DL…sr.

60 Ryan Cameron OL/DL…jr.

63 Tyler Welch OL/DL…jr.

64 Donald Carl OL/DL…jr.

66 Grant Mills OL/DL…jr.

67 Bradley Martyn OL/DL…sr.

72 Liam Morgan OL/DL…jr.

Returning starters

7 on offense

7 on defense

OFFENSE

Travis Smith, 6-2, 200, jr. QB

Jared Evers, 6-0, 225, sr. WR

Markes Gadlen, 5-7, 160, sr. WR

Zach Allen, 5-9, 170, sr. WR

Bradley Martyn, 5-9, 190, sr. OL

Josh Capen, 6-0, 225, sr. OL

Mike Mallory, 6-1, 250, sr. OL

DEFENSE

Jordan Hessbrook, 5-9, 160, sr. DB

Travis Smith, 6-2, 200, jr. S

Jacob Barnes, 5-10, 190, sr. OLB

Tyler Gibson, 6-0, 185, sr. OLB

Bradley Martyn, 5-9, 190, sr. DL

Josh Capen, 6-0, 225, sr. DL

Dakota Reeves, 6-0, 190, sr. LB

OTHER

CONTRIBUTORS

OFFENSE

Caden Kipp, 6-2, 190, sr. WR

Logan Hessbrook, 6-2, 190, jr. WR

DEFENSE

Rickey King, 6-0, 190, jr.

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SURPRISING RETURNS

Having 13 starters back after two straight state championships doesn’t really seem fair, does it? That’s what Ithaca returns in 2012, including seven on an offense that has been prolific under Terry Hessbrook.

DOWNRIGHT OFFENSIVE

The Yellowjackets look ready to roll up points once again. Three offensive linemen return, including senior Bradley Martyn, a three-year starter who was first team All-TVC West last season. Senior Josh Capen is also a three-year starter and a first team all-league pick, while senior Mike Mallory is a two-year starter. The receivers are led by senior Jared Evers, who had 44 receptions last year and started all 14 games, while Zach Allen had seven catches for 99 yards in the state title game. Alma transfer Caden Kipp, who had more than 40 catches for the Panthers last season, adds to the talent.

THE ULTIMATE WEAPON

Ithaca brings back the most important part of its spread attack in quarterback Travis Smith. The junior combined for 48 touchdowns last season as a sophomore on his way to making the Division 5-6 All-State first team. Smith blossomed after being called to duty when starter David Brown was injured.

DEFENSE, TOO

Smith also made the Dream Team as a safety and will form a solid defensive backfield with senior Jordan Hessbrook. Three linebackers who saw action in 2011 are back – two of them three-year starters – as the Yellowjackets attempt to replace hulking Dream Team linebacker Garrett Miniard and his team-leading 154 tackles.

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