With some conference championship contenders, several playoff teams and a handful of feel-good stories, it was an exceptional year for area football and area head football coaches.
That is where our annual deliberation for naming a top coach of the area had to start. Where it ended was with a coach that was part of all three of those categories as Jeff Schorfhaar of Coldwater led the Cardinals to the brink of a league title, a playoff spot and the best season in school history after decades of frustrating years.
Which is why Schorfhaar is the 2014 Enquirer All-Area Football Team Coach of the Year. The Enquirer All-Area Football Team is made up of the non-city schools in the Enquirer readership area and is voted on by area coaches and the Enquirer sports staff.
Schorfhaar led Coldwater to the most wins in school history as the Cardinals went 8-1 in the regular season. The Cardinals also made the playoffs for the second year in a row after the school had never made the playoffs in the history of the program. Coldwater also was in the running for the championship of the inaugural season of the Interstate 8 Conference most of the season, falling one win short of eventual title winner Jackson Lumen Christi.
Beyond those win totals and accomplishments, Coldwater also set the school record for best scoring output in program history and the Cardinals also gave up the least amount of points in school history over the course of a season.
Helping Schorfhaar to those those numbers are four Coldwater players who also earned All-Area honors, including Luke Beckhusen, Zach DeMeester, Logan Targgart and Cody Truex.
Climax-Scotts had a standout campaign, going 8-1 in the regular season and winning a league title, and puts four players on the All-Area squad, including Adam Audette, Chase Audette, Taylor McNally and Ethan Vosburg.
Union City won the Big 8 and went 8-1 and puts a quartet on the team in Kenyon Stuchell, Lucas Vaccaro, Aaron Watson and Elijah Way.
Olivet also won a league title and went 7-2 in the regular season and adds Nate Barnes, Ryan Tennant and Ben Turner to the team.
Homer, at 7-2 in the regular season, adds Gary Tompkins and Tyler George. And Quincy, at 6-3, puts Jake Jodway and Jordan Weber on the team.
Also making the All-Area team were Colon’s Ronny Moyer, Delton Kellogg’s Mike Ford, Galesburg-Augusta’s Tristan Terry, Gull Lake’s TJ Haase, Maple Valley’s Alex Hosmer and Marshall’s Chris Upright.
Enquirer All-Area Football
The Enquirer All-Area Football Team is made up of the non-city schools in the Enquirer readership area and is voted on by area coaches and the Enquirer sports staff.
ON B3: Player capsules for the 2014 All-Area Football Team