Prep football preview: Ovid-Elsie Marauders

Prep football preview: Ovid-Elsie Marauders

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Prep football preview: Ovid-Elsie Marauders

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Schedule, coach, roster

8/23 (Thu.) PORTLAND

8/30 at Freeland

9/7 at Saginaw Swan Valley

9/14 MIDLAND BULLOCK CREEK

9/21 SHEPHERD

9/28 at Chesaning

10/5 at Alma

10/12 HEMLOCK

10/19 FULTON

TRAVIS LONG

* Age: 33

* Playing experience: Ovid-Elsie 1995-96

* Coaching experience: Ovid-Elsie 2010-present

* Career record: 11-8

* Full-time job: Ovid-Elsie High physical education teacher

* Assistant coaches: Jeremy Palus, Brad Sutliff, Cody Staley

no. name
position…year

2 Larry Fouts RB/DB…sr.

10 Travis Delaney RB/DB…jr.

11 Nick Rood TE/DE…jr.

12 Austin Loynes QB/DB…jr.

14 Jacob Helms QB/DB…sr.

15 Jacob Price SE/DB…sr.

20 Luke Alexander TE/DE…jr.

21 Keith Gillespie RB/DB…jr.

22 Ryan Garber RB/LB…sr.

24 Trevor Keo RB/LB…jr.

25 Jeremy Goward RB/LB…jr.

32 Philip Castillo RB/LB…jr.

33 Jacob Micka RB/DB…sr.

34 Chris Luckhurst RB/LB…so.

44 Jaden Thompson TE/DB…jr.

50 Zach Swartz OL/DL…jr.

51 Skyler Cramer OL/LB…jr.

54 Baptiste Frankinet OL/DL…sr.

55 D.J. Meisel OL/LB…sr.

58 Logan Applebee OL/DL…jr.

60 Eric Smith OL/DE…jr.

68 Quinn Abrams OL/LB…jr.

72 Jayme Charters OL/DL…sr.

74 Chase Courtnay OL/DL…sr.

76 Chris Fowler OL/DL…so.

79 John Berlin OL/DL…sr.

80 Kristopher Hennings TE/DE…jr.

81 Malachi Cauthen TE/DE…jr.

Mathias Hjertholm …sr.

Returning starters

4 on offense

4 on defense

OFFENSE

D.J. Meisel, 5-8, 164, sr. C

Larry Fouts, 5-7, 161, sr. TB

Skyler Cramer, 6-0, 208, jr. OG

Jacob Helms, 6-3, 176, sr. E

DEFENSE

Jacob Micka, 5-10, 151, sr. DB

Skyler Cramer, 6-0, 208, jr. LB

Eric Smith, 6-1, 195, jr. DE

John Berlin, 5-7, 233, sr. DL

OTHER CONTRIBUTORS

OFFENSE

Nick Rood, 6-0 172, jr. E

Jacob Price, 5-8, 148, sr. SE

Luke Alexander, 6-1, 225, jr. E

Trevor Keo, 5-11, 195, jr. RB

Chris Luckhurst, 5-8, 184, so. RB

Zach Swartz, 5-11, 200, jr. OG

Chris Fowler, 6-3, 270, so. OT

DEFENSE

Travis Delaney, 5-10, 144, jr. DB

Austin Loynes, 5-8, 130, jr. DB

Jacob Price, 5-8, 148, sr. DB

Zach Swartz, 5-11, 200, jr. DL

Luke Alexander, 6-1, 225, jr. DE

Nick Rood, 6-0, 172, jr. DE

Chris Luckhurst, 5-8, 184, so. LB

Fourcast

BACK AT IT

Thanks largely to the brilliant career of running back Chris Robinson, Ovid-Elsie had huge success during the 2008 and ’09 seasons, going 23-3. The program then dipped to 5-4 in Travis Long’s first season as coach. However, the Marauders improved to 6-4 and won a share of the TVC Central crown last year and will try to build on that this time around despite some inexperience.

MAKING THE MOVE

Senior Jacob Helms was an end last year and started six games at that position, but he will transition to quarterback this year. The O-E offense managed just over 21 points per game and relied heavily on the defense en route to winning five games in 2010. But the offensive production took a big jump last season as the Marauders averaged nearly 30 points per game.

LEAVE IT TO LARRY

The featured player in this offense will be senior tailback Larry Fouts, who rushed for more than 900 yards and earned second team all-conference honors despite making just seven starts. One of the biggest assets for O-E in the past was the ability to rip off one big run after another. Like Robinson, Fouts has that ability and should be in for a big season.

‘D UP’

Four starters return to the Marauder defense. Senior defensive back Jacob Micka, junior linebacker Skyler Cramer and junior defensive end Eric Smith all started every game last season while senior defensive lineman John Berlin returns after making eight starts last season.

— Denny Schwarze

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