5-4 overall, 0-2 in Central Michigan 8-Man Football Conference
SCHEDULE (last year’s score)
Aug. 26 at Kinde-North Huron, 7 p.m.
Sept. 1 at Tekonsha, 7 p.m. (W 34-32)
Sept. 9 Rapid River, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 at Litchfield, 7 p.m. (W 50-0)
Sept. 23 Waldron, 7 p.m. (L 46-14)
Sept. 30 Battle Creek St. Philip, 7 p.m. (L49-0)
Oct. 7 at Portland St. Patrick, 7 p.m. (L 48-22)
Oct. 14 Morrice, 7 p.m. (L 62-12)
Oct. 21 at Burr Oak, 7 p.m. (W 50-28)
Playing experience: Webberville High School
Head coaching experience: 1st season
Career record: 0-0
Full-time job: Lansing School District supervisor
Assistant coaches: Craig McGowan, Kyle Oesterle, Travis Elowsky
NEW MAN IN CHARGE
Todd Coe is taking over for Joel Emmons and will look to get the Spartans back to the playoffs for the first time since 2014. Coe was an assistant coach at Williamston for four seasons and was an assistant at Webberville for three seasons. He’ll bring back the same assistants that helped under Emmons a season ago.
The Spartans jumped out to a 4-0 record to start last season and scored more than 30 points in each contest, However, they finished the year with a 1-4 record and scored 20 points or more just twice during that five-game stretch. As the schedule gets tougher later in the year, Webberville will need to top some of the better 8-man teams in order to qualify for the playoffs, which includes conference foe Morrice and state runners-up Battle Creek Saint Philip.
IMPROVED RUNNING GAME
With the addition of senior Mike Stidham at center, senior Zack McGowan will be able to move to the backfield. Coe believes McGowan’s addition to the running game will help the Spartans in that department. Sophomores Kayson Lycos and Caleb Friddle are two other players who had some experience in the backfield a year ago and could contribute once again in 2016.
Webberville will welcome back five starters on offense and defense from a season ago, and Coe believes the return of some of the program’s more experienced players will help his team improve on its 5-4 record from last year. McGowan, Jack Schneider, Lance Chrisnski and Isaac Carpenter are guys with playing experience under their belts that Coe believes will lead the way for the Spartans. He also expects Lycos and Friddle to be welcomed additions to the five returning starters on the defensive side of the ball.
(Note: positions, grades and jersey numbers were not provided)
RETURNING PLAYERS (5 on offense, 5 on defense)
— James L. Edwards III