High school football preview: Minster

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 New Bremen (0-10) has been replaced by three-time defending state champion Marion Local (15-0) in Week 4.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

Key newcomers:

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.