Prep football preview: Okemos Chiefs

Prep football preview: Okemos Chiefs

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Prep football preview: Okemos Chiefs

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Schedule, coach, roster

8/24 at Mason

8/30 HASLETT

9/7 at Everett

9/14 GRAND LEDGE

9/21 SEXTON

9/28 at Jackson

10/5 at Holt

10/12 LANSING EASTERN

10/19 EAST LANSING

JACK WALLACE

* Age: 53

* Playing experience: Southgate Aquinas 1970-74, Olivet College 1974-78

* Coaching experience: Fowlerville 1978-2010

* Career record: 190-99

* Full-time job: Fowlerville physical education teacher

* Assistant coaches: Kelly Carrier, Ethan Fahy, Dick Comar, Mike Krumm, Kevin Byrnes, Steve Klaver, Rex Peckens, Chris Rose

NO.NAMEPOSITIONYEAR

3/14 Davis Lewandowski WR/DB…so.

4/10 Jacob Devine QB/DB…sr.

5/15 Darius Morris QB/DB…jr.

7/83 Peter Nichols WR/DB…sr.

8/13 Grant Klaver QB…so.

9/18 Josh Kares WR/DB…sr.

12 Dong Kim K/P…sr.

16/84 Oliver Foster WR/DB…jr.

20 Chad Major WR/DB…jr.

21 Tristan Bolas WR/OLB…jr.

22 Chris Moore RB/DB…so.

23 Kome Johnson RB/LB…so.

24 Chris Nelson RB/DB…so.

30/33 Keenan Kangas RB/LB…sr.

32 Romello Cannon RB/DL…sr.

33/34 Billy Tracy TE/OLB…so.

40 Chris Maidlow RB/DE…jr.

44 Malcom Evans WR/DL…jr.

50/63 Mac Banks OL/DL…sr.

51/53 Grant Lee OL/DL…sr.

52 Sumner Toles OL/LB…jr.

54 Sam Horton OL/DL…so.

55 Peter Hatch OL/DL…jr.

56 Sylvain Rachol OL/DL…sr.

57/58 Tyler Lantrip OL/DL…sr.

59 Erik Kuhn OL/DL…jr.

60 Carter Holtzer OL/DL Jr

61 Gerris Hagemann OL/DL…sr.

62 Owen Keenoy OL/DL…jr.

64 Luke Garcy OL/OLB…sr.

65 Nic Barrett OL/LB…sr.

66 Peter Torres OL/DL…jr.

70 Dan Brown OL/DL…sr.

72 Tony Bueno OL/DL…sr.

73 John Schraft OL/DL…sr.

74 John Nixon OL/DL…so.

77 Aaron Foster OL/DL…jr.

79 Jacob Menefee OL/DL…jr.

80 Jacob Mossholder TE/DL…jr.

81 Kyle Long WR/DB…jr.

85 Harrison Boruszewski TE/DB…sr.

85 Jon Lake WR/DB…sr.

Returning starters

1 on offense

1 on defense

OFFENSE

Dan Brown, 6-5, 280, sr. OL

DEFENSE

Dan Brown, 6-5, 280, sr. DL

OTHER CONTRIBUTORS

OFFENSE

Jacob Devine QB, Darius Morris QB, Grant Klaver QB, Chris Nelson TB, Chris Moore TB, Kome Johnson TB/FB, Chris Maidlow TB, Romello Cannon FB, Keenan Kangas FB, Peter Nichols WR, Chad Major WR, Harrison Boruszewski TE, Kyle Long WR, Oliver Foster WR, Tyler Lantrip OL, Luke Garcy OL, Owen Keenoy OL, Mac Banks OL, Peter Torres OL, Jacob Menefee OL, Dong Kim K

DEFENSE

Sumner Toles LB, Peter Hatch LB, Sylvain Rachol NG, Grant Lee NG, Jacob Mossholder OLB, Tristan Bolas OLB, Gerris Hagemann DL, Jon Lake DB, Josh Kares DB, Erik Kuhn OLB, Carter Holtzer OLB, John Nixon DL, Billy Tracy OLB, Davis Lewandowski DB, Malcom Evans DL, Aaron Foster DL, John Schraft LB

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THE MAN FOR THE JOB

At age 53, Jack Wallace will take the reins of the Okemos football program. Wallace previously coached at Fowlerville from 1978-2010 and had a year helping out at East Lansing in 2011 before taking over the Chiefs. Wallace replaces Paul Palmer, who led the Chiefs to their most wins in a season since 1999 last fall at 7-4.

OFFENSIVE PROJECT

Palmer’s offense at Okemos consisted of a single-wing, which features no single quarterback and uses multiple ballcarriers with an emphasis on making it difficult for the defense to identify which player has the ball. Palmer molded the program to fit that specific type of offense, which is now being removed as Wallace begins. The biggest question mark will be how the roster responds to a new offensive system.

WHAT BROWN CAN DO FOR YOU

The most experienced player on the roster is junior Dan Brown, a three-year starter on both the offensive and defensive lines at an imposing 6-foot-5, 280 pounds. While Brown’s current skill set may have best been utilized in Palmer’s single-wing offense, his size and potential should work fine in any offense. Wallace often stressed a punishing rushing attack at Fowlerville and Brown’s ability to pave the way up front will be utilized.

MOVING FORWARD

After a couple of tough seasons in 2008 and ’09, during which Okemos managed just three wins, the Chiefs have started to build things up. They finished 5-4 in 2010 and reached the seven-win mark last season. It will be interesting to see if this program continues to rise or takes a step back while switching schemes. The schedule is tough, but the Chiefs do get five home games including Grand Ledge, Sexton and East Lansing.

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