Prep football preview: Owosso Trojans

Prep football preview: Owosso Trojans

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Prep football preview: Owosso Trojans

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8/24 at Corunna

8/30 at Portland

9/7 HASLETT

9/14 ST. JOHNS

9/21 at Fowlerville

9/28 at DeWitt

10/5 IONIA

10/12 BIRMINGHAM GROVES

10/19 at Eaton Rapids

TOM HARKEMA

* 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

no. name
position…year

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

OFFENSE

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

DEFENSE

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

OTHER CONTRIBUTORS

OFFENSE

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

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

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

DEFENSE

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

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

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

Fourcast

ON THE DOORSTEP

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 .

TWO-WAY STAR

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.

BIG-TIME BACKERS

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.

BOTH ENDS

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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