Prep football preview: Owosso Trojans

Prep football preview: Owosso Trojans


Prep football preview: Owosso Trojans


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Schedule, coach, roster

8/24 at Corunna

8/30 at Portland


9/14 ST. JOHNS

9/21 at Fowlerville

9/28 at DeWitt

10/5 IONIA


10/19 at Eaton Rapids


* Age: 55

* Playing experience: Owosso 1973, Grand Valley State U. 1975-76

* Coaching experience: Dexter 1980, Owosso 1988-98 and 2010-present

* Career record: 58-68

* Full-time job: Owosso High math and physical education teacher

* Assistant coaches: Greg Freeman, Buck Heiney, Joe Guyski, Brian Zalud, Ken Geoghegen, Byron Sawer, Russ Friess

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11 Robert Geoghegan QB/LB…sr.

14 Gavin Barnes WR/LB…so.

15 Scott Herron QB/S…jr.

16 Mitch Hufnagel K/WR/C…sr.

20 Brad Rigoulot TB/S…sr.

21 Emmet Alman WR/DE…jr.

24 Brody Edington TB/C…jr.

25 Michael Clemons TB/NG…sr.

26 Bryce McOwen WR/TB…jr.

28 Josh Pouillon FB/LB…jr.

32 Chris Sapienza WR/C…sr.

33 Ian Johnson FB/LB…sr.

36 Jon Palmer FB/LB…sr.

40 Marcus McGill TE/DE…sr.

42 Alex Lawton FB/LB…sr.

50 Gabe Newman G/DT…jr.

52 Ricky Wisler T/DT…sr.

53 Ben Culp T/DT…sr.

55 Austin Wells G/NG…sr.

56 Chris Ferrier G/DT…sr.

60 Jeremy Garries G/DE…sr.

64 Matt Freeman T/DT…sr.

65 Brett Hanifan G/LB…jr.

66 Josh Partain G/NG…sr.

70 Nick Bush T/DE…sr.

71 David Hood T/DT…sr.

74 Nate Ash C/DT…sr.

75 Blake VanStrate C/DT…sr.

76 Nate Richmond T/DT…jr.

77 Matt Doherty G/DT…jr.

80 Ty Fuller WR/C…jr.

81 Jacob Robinson TE/DE…sr.

82 Matt Guyski TE/DE…sr.

86 Nick Foster WR/C…sr.

87 Logan Neiman TE/DE…jr.

Returning starters

5 on offense

4 on defense


Ian Johnson, 6-0, 200, sr. RB

Matt Freeman, 6-4, 290, sr. OT

Matt Guyski, 6-2, 210, sr. TE

Blake VanStrate, 6-2, 280, sr. C

Brad Rigoulot, 5-10, 175, sr. TB


Robbie Geoghegen, 6-0, 180, sr. LB

Josh Partain, 6-1, 220 sr. LB

Matt Freeman 6-4, 290, sr. DT

Matt Guyski, 6-2, 210, sr. DE



Jeremy Garries, 5-11, 205, sr. OL

David Hood, 6-0, 230, sr. OL

Mitch Hufnagel, 6-0, 155, sr. WR/K


Marcus McGill, 6-1, 205, sr. DE

Josh Pouillon, 5-11, 200, jr. LB

Alex Lawton, 5-10, 175, sr. LB



It’s been a while since Owosso has seen playoff football. The last time the Trojans played a playoff game was in 2001, when they went 7-3 and lost in the first round. In Tom Harkema’s second season back as the school’s coach in 2011, the Trojans almost got back to the playoffs with a 5-4 record. After a 2-4 start, Owosso won its final three games against Ionia, Birmingham Groves and Eaton Rapids for its first winning season in a decade .


Owosso put up numbers through the air last year with graduated quarterback Garrett Barnes and receiver Mike Schutt, but this year senior running back Ian Johnson should provide some balance . Johnson, at 200 pounds, was a first team All-CAAC Red performer last season and has the bulk to gain tough yards inside. Johnson also starts at middle linebacker for and is a three-year starter.


Along with Johnson at linebacker are a pair of two-year starters in seniors Robert Geoghegan and Josh Partain. Geoghegan, who also is the quarterback , was first team all-conference last season. A couple of newcomers should also help to make this a deep bunch as junior Josh Pouillon and senior Alex Lawton step in and look to see ample playing time.


Senior Matt Guyski is another two-way standout for Owosso and adds another wrinkle to the offense. Guyski will be a guy to watch as one of the receiving options. He caught two touchdowns last year and also is entering his third year as a starter at defensive end.


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