Football preview 2016: Holt Rams

Football preview 2016: Holt Rams

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Football preview 2016: Holt Rams

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Holt quarterback Kolin Leyrer passes against East Lansing Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in East Lansing. Holt won 35-20.

Holt quarterback Kolin Leyrer passes against East Lansing Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in East Lansing. Holt won 35-20.

LAST YEAR
5-4, 5-2 CAAC Blue (T-2nd)

SCHEDULE (last year’s score)
Aug. 25 – at Grandville, 7 p.m. 
Sept. 1 – Hudsonville, 7 p.m. (L 28-14)
Sept. 9 – at Eastern, 7 p.m. (W 45-34)
Sept. 16 – Everett, 7 p.m. (W 35-0)
Sept. 23 – East Lansing, 7 p.m. (W 35-20)
Sept. 30 – at Sexton, 7 p.m. (W 14-13)
Oct. 7 – Okemos, 7 p.m. (W 35-21)
Oct. 14 – Jackson, 7 p.m. (L 63-41)
Oct. 21 – at Grand Ledge, 7 p.m. (L 42-0)

COACH

Chad Fulk

Age: 39

Playing experience: Holt 1990-1994

Coaching experience: Holt 2015-present

Chad Fulk

Chad Fulk

Career record: 5-4

Full-time job: Holt High School social studies teacher

Assistant coaches: Don Green, Dan Knechtel, Sean Carmody, Will Berti, Ben Holtry, Nick Johnson, Grant Melville, Mark Zajac, Danny Martinez Jr., Rick Fritz, Ryan Anderson, Keith Allen, William Thurston, John Smythe, Luke Moreno.

FOURCAST
STRONG O-LINE

An offensive line that paved the way for a 1,700 yard season by graduated running back Trent Stone returns mostly intact and is what Fulk views as a major strength for the Rams. Holt lost a pair of all-league linemen in Mitch Kaufman and Jacob Pingston from a team that finished tied for second in the CAAC Blue. Bryan Ho, Dylan Reich and Emilio Pupo-Rivero are the returning starters on the offensive line.

FINDING A BACK
Holt has to replace a large piece of its offense with the graduation of Stone, who was one of mid-Michigan’s best offensive players and had 1,852 combined rushing and receiving yards last fall. Fulk said the Rams are very young in the backfield and that is an area his team will need to improve. Having a majority of the offensive line back could help whoever steps up in the backfield.

POSITIVE CHEMISTRY
Fulk’s second season leading his alma mater will feature a number of familiar faces with 30 players returning to the varsity roster. Eight of those returners gained starting experience last fall and Fulk said the Rams have good chemistry. That chemistry could help the Rams reach the playoffs after missing the postseason the last two years.

YOUTHFUL D
The Rams may have a young defense this fall, but Fulk is encouraged by the linebackers he has coming back. Alex Stockwell, who earned all-CAAC Blue recognition last fall, leads the group of linebackers and is the lone returning starter back on defense for Holt. Outside of the linebackers, Fulk is looking for the defense to grow.

ROSTER
1 Khari Gray WR, CB Sr. 
2 Derek Mchugh  QB, SS Jr. 
3 Draylong Young CB, WR Sr. 
5 Adam Dudek WR, DB Sr.
7 Kolin Leyrer QB, FS Sr. 
8 Tadiwa Chiduma WR. DB Sr.
9 Gabriel Hull-Lopez SS, WR Sr. 
11 Quincy Williams RB Sr. 5-10 150
12 Jaden Green LB, TE
13 Troy Jordan WR, CB Jr. 5-11 165
16 Kris Montry-Huston MLB, WR Jr.
17 Ryan Beachnau CB, WR Sr.

19 Evan Johnson K Jr.
20 Landis Lee-Wireman WR Jr.
21 DaJuan Young SS, WR Sr.
22 Owen Brown LB, WR Jr.
23 Jalen Steele RB, CB Jr.
24 Justin Bicy RB Sr.
25 Daquan Noncius SS Jr.
27 Dillon Foster
28 Zach Garcia RB, CB Jr.
30 Nael Hallak Sr.
32 Cameron Bruce K Jr.
33 Alex Stockwell LB/OL Sr.
35 Kenny Wimberly RB, OLB Jr.
38 Jacob Shuler
40 Addison Ford OLB, K Sr.
44 Sean Curry OLB, TE So.
45 Josh Adado MLB, FB Sr.
48 Isaiah Jackson MLB Sr.
50 Carlos Hernandez
51 Eli Smith So.
54 Mitch Johnson C, DE Jr.
55 Ashton Mcguire T, DE Jr.
56 Scott Finch FB, DT Sr.
57 Emilio Pupo-Rivero OL, NG Sr.
60 Roscoe George
62 Anthony Domzalski C Jr.
72 Dean Puranovic T, G Sr
75 William Davis Sr,.
76 Dylan Reich T, DT Sr.
78 Joe Miles DT, TE Sr.
79 Bryan Ho G, DT Sr.
82 Milo Verlinde K, P Jr.
84 Jaylen Deberry DE, DT Sr.
85 Nate Wilson DE, TE Sr.

RETURNING STARTERS ( 7 on offense, 1 on defense)
OFFENSE 
Kolin Leyrer QB
Khari Gray WR
Jacob Shuler FB
Alex Stockwell TE
Dylan Reich OL
Bryan Ho OL
Emilio Pupo-Rivero OL

DEFENSE
Alex Stockwell LB

OTHER CONTRIBUTORS
Josh Adado
Draylon Young
Ashton McGuire
Dean Puranovic
Jalen Steele
Troy Jordan
Kris Montry-Huston 
Jalen Deberry
Scott Finch
Nate Wilson
Will Davis
Josh Adado
DaJuan Young
Sean Curry
Eli Smith
Kolin Leyrer

– Brian Calloway

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