The following is a brief high school football preseason preview.
High school: Minster Wildcats
Division / region: D-VI, Region 22
League / conference: Midwest Athletic Conference
Head coach: Geron Stokes; second season with Wildcats; 6-4 record; previously Urbana’s head coach for four seasons.
Assistant coaches: Bret Buchanan, Josh Colbert, Byron Albers, Brian Sextro, Jason Hagaman, Dustin Dobie, Eric Ranly and Brian Wuebker.
2013 record: 6-2 MAC; 6-4 overall.
2013 highlights / notable achievements: Remained in playoff contention by overcoming Week 1-2 non-league losses to Fort Loramie and Lehman Catholic and beating Anna, Parkway, Fort Recovery and Versailles (28-21 in two OTs) from Weeks 5-9. Was knocked out of contention with season-ending 35-28 shootout loss to Delphos St. John’s, which advanced to the state semifinals. Played four playoff teams. MAC schedule rotation is extreme. New Bremen (0-10) has been replaced by three-time defending state champion Marion Local (15-0) in Week 4.
5 key returners:
Eli Wolf, sr., 200
Hayden Schindler, sr., 270
Sam Dues, sr., 170
JR Nixon, sr., 230
Joe Trzaska, sr., 165
Caleb Broering, sr., 155
Logan Pack, sr., 200
Blake Mallory, sr., 195
Coach’s comments: We have to continue to get better each and every day. Our attention to detail has to be fanatical and our willingness to compete has to be at an all-time high. If we do things the right way and play with a relentless motor, we’ll be fine.
Fri., Aug. 29 at Fort Loramie, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 5 Lehman Catholic, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 12 Coldwater, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 19 at Marion Local, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 26 Versailles, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 3 at Delphos St. John’s, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 10 Fort Recovery, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 17 at St. Henry, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 24 Anna, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 31 at Parkway, 7:30 p.m.