The following is the Amelia football preview for the Community Journal Clermont.
AMELIA – A veteran of many logos, new Amelia High School football coach David Brausch proudly sports his “Bring Your A Game” t-shirt on the back fields off of Clough Pike.
When many coaches talk of a “five-year plan”, Brausch knows his time frame is 24 months before the Amelia Barons and Glen Este Trojans stop knocking helmets and join hands as the West Clermont Wolves.
“We’ve got close to 70 players, but just three seniors,” Brausch said. “That sounds real good for the future. The only thing is, our future is now. We have two years to do something here before the schools combine.”
Brausch’s resume includes close to 30 years of experience, most recently as an assistant at Mount St. Joseph. Among the stops for the Northern Kentucky native were a state title as an assistant at the old CAPE (Cincinnati Academy of Physical Education) in 1992 and another as head coach of Lebanon in 1998.
To gain his players’ attention, he wears the rings.
The Barons he inherits finished 5-5 overall and 1-3 in the Southern Buckeye Conference-American Division. Gone from that squad are three first-team players and two that were second-team all-league.
Adjusting to the numbers, there will be a change in offensive philosophy.
“We’re going to have to throw the ball more than I’ve ever thrown it,” Brausch said. “That’s going to be a new experience for me. I think they like the ‘basketball on grass’ philosophy with the run-and-gun or run-and-shoot. Just spreading people out and trying to get an athlete to make a play.”
If it works, Amelia will force opponents to make open field tackles as opposed to bunching up traffic at the line of scrimmage.
At presstime, Brausch was weighing the options of three different quarterbacks – a junior, sophomore and freshman. The upperclassman had the early lead.
“Cage Meyer is 6-foot-6, the junior,” Brausch said. “Thing is, I really want to put him out there at receiver and throw him the ball. Most defensive backs in high school are six-feet at best.”
His most experienced Barons are SBAAC-American second team linebacker/running back Jacob Pangallo and two-way lineman Jake Helton.
“I’m counting on Helton and Pangallo to be leaders,” Brausch said. “They’ve been through this before and know what to do on Friday night.”
Amelia will likely chase New Richmond, Norwood and Western Brown in the American Division. Brausch does have some league familiarity from a previous coaching stop.
“I played most of these teams when I was at CNE,” Brausch said. “Obviously, a lot has changed over the years.”
Amelia kicks off in Union Township at Glen Este Aug. 28. The home opener is Sept. 4 against Clermont Northeastern.
Amelia 2015 schedule @AHSBarons
Aug. 28 – at Glen Este
Sept. 4 –CNE
Sept. 11 – Williamsburg
Sept. 18 – at Bethel-Tate
Sept. 25 – Blanchester
Oct. 2 – at New Richmond
Oct. 9 — Norwood
Oct. 16 – Western Brown
Oct. 23 – Goshen
Oct. 30 – at Batavia
All games are Fridays at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.