Midwest Athletic Conference Football Capsule Previews

A look at the area football teams in the Midwest Athletic Confernece as the preseason begins:


Head Coach: Bryan Rioch (103-46, 14 seasons)

2012 By the Numbers
Record: 5-5 (3-5 in MAC)
At Home: 2-3 On the Road: 3-2
Pts. Per Game: 19.4 (7th in MAC)
Opponents Pts. Per Game: 17.7 (4th in MAC)
Record vs. Playoff Teams: 0-4

2013 Schedule

  • Aug. 30    Sidney Lehman Catholic
  • Sept. 6    at Brookville
  • Sept. 13    Fort Recovery
  • Sept. 20    at Versailles
  • Sept. 27    Delphos St. John's
  • Oct. 4        at Minster
  • Oct. 11    at Coldwater
  • Oct. 18    New Bremen
  • Oct. 25    Marion Local
  • Nov. 1        at Parkway

2012 Season (5-5)

  • at Sidney Lehman        W, 14-0
  • Brookville                     W, 42-13
  • at Fort Recovery          W, 34-6
  • Versailles                      L, 41-27
  • at Delphos St. John's    L, 28-7
  • Minster                           L, 34-8
  • Coldwater                          L, 7-0
  • at New Bremen            W, 21-13
  • at Marion Local             L, 27-21
  • Parkway                          W, 20-8

The Rockets opened the season with three straight wins over Sidney Lehman (14-0), Brookville (43-13) and Fort Recovery (34-6) before hitting a rough patch with four straight losses to the murderer's row that was Versailles (27-41), Delphos St. John's (27-41), Minster (8-34) and Coldwater (0-7). Add in a Week 9 loss to eventual state champion Marion Local (21-27) and you could legitimately say the Rockets didn't suffer a single bad loss. But the bar has been raised at Anna to a level where it was a disappointing season.

The Rockets return 21 letterwinners  from that 5-5 team that went 3-5 in MAC play, but the team will have just eight seniors on the roster. Rioch thinks the skilled positions, especially in the backfield are a strong point headed into the season, but getting over the hump of beating the MAC's elite teams will make or break this season, Rioch said. Junior running back Christiaan Williams (5-10, 220 pounds) will be the featured back. Williams was a Second Team All-MAC running back a sophomore a season ago, rushing for more than 1,000 yards. That included a 289-yard, two-touchdown game against New Bremen in Week 8 to push him over that 1,000-yard barrier. Senior quarterback Josh Robinson (6-3, 190) returns at the signal caller position. Junior offensive and defensive tackle Chandler Cotterman (6-5, 300 pound) was a Second Team All-MAC performer on defense and  honorable mention on offense. Junior tight end and linebacker Wes Showalter (6-3, 215) was Honorable Mention All-MAC. Senior quarterback Josh Robinson (6-3, 190 pounds) returns. Also returning is senior wideout Nick Ihle (6-2, 165) who was Honorable Mention All-MAC in 2012.

Head Coach:
Chip Otten (4th season, 37-8)

2012 By the Numbers
Record: 15-0, Division V state champions
At Home: 6-0 On the Road: 5-0
Neutral Site: 4-0
Pts. Per Game: 35.9
Pts. Allowed Per Game: 6.1
Record vs. Playoff Teams: 9-0

2013 Schedule

  • Aug. 30   Kenton
  • Sept. 6    at Columbus Bishop Hartley
  • Sept. 13   Versailles
  • Sept. 20   at Delphos St. John's
  • Sept. 27   Minster
  • Oct. 4      at St. Henry
  • Oct. 11    Anna
  • Oct. 18    at Marion Local
  • Oct. 25    Parkway
  • Nov. 1      at Fort Recovery

2012 Season (15-0)

  • at Kenton        W, 41-22
  • Hicksville        W, 44-0
  • at Versailles        W, 21-7
  • Delphos St. John's    W, 41-6
  • at Minster        W, 34-6
  • St. Henry        W, 41-7
  • at Anna        W, 7-0
  • Marion Local        W, 27-0
  • at Parkway        W, 47-6
  • Fort Recovery    W, 55-0


  • Miami East        W, 42-7
  • W. Liberty-Salem    W, 41-22
  • Covington        W, 20-0
  • Liberty-Benton    W, 38-0
  • W, Kirtland        W, 10-9

Coldwater capped off a perfect season with a thrilling 10-9 win over Kirtland in the Division V state championship game at Massillon last December. The Cavaliers were led by senior senior quarterback and MAC Offensive Player of the Year Austin Bruns, who helped the Cavs snap a three-game losing streak in the state championship game. Bruns threw for 3,124 yards, 34 touchdowns and three interceptions and rushed for 725 yards and 14 TDs during his senior season. The Cavs' spread attack also rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and had 31 touchdowns. Add in the MAC's stingiest defense (6.1 ppg), too. Along with the big shoes of Bruns, the Cavaliers will need to fill in for the graduated senior wideout Caleb Siefring, who caught 54 passes for 867 yards and 15 touchdowns along with second-leading receiver Josh Huber, who had 45 catches for 688 yards and six TDs. Linebacker Zach Dickman, a graduated senior and MAC Defensive Player of the Year, led the Cavs with 129 tackles last season.

The Cavaliers will need a new generation of standouts to step up if they want to continue their streak of four straight appearances in the state title game.. Coldwater loses a lot from its state title-winning team, including the top offensive player and defensive players in the conference in Bruns and Dickman. Coldwater graduated 23 seniors, many of them peppering the All-MAC selections a season ago. Mitch Schoenherr is the lone returner who received All-MAC honors a season ago (honorable mention). As a junior he caught 25 passes for 428 yards and six touchdowns while making 66 tackles on defense. Brody Hoying, a junior, becomes the starting quarterback after excelling on the defensive side of the ball last year with 59 tackles and six interceptions. He also caught 23 passes for 318 yards in 2012.

Head Coach: Todd Schulte (14 seasons, 144-41)

2012 By the Numbers
Record: 8-5, 5-3 MAC
At Home: 5-1 On the Road: 2-3 Neutral Site: 1-1
Pts. Per Game: 25.1 Pts. Allowed Per Game: 16.7
Record vs. Playoff Teams: 3-5

2013 Schedule

  • Aug. 30    at Elida
  • Sept. 6    Lima Central Catholic
  • Sept. 13    at St. Henry
  • Sept. 20    Coldwater
  • Sept. 27    at Anna
  • Oct. 5        Marion Local
  • Oct. 11    Fort Recovery
  • Oct. 18    at Versailles
  • Oct. 25    at New Bremen
  • Nov. 1        Minster

2012 Season (8-5)

  • Lima Cent. Cath.     L, 18-13
  • Port Clinton        W, 51-0
  • St. Henry        W, 21-17
  • at Coldwater        L, 6-41
  • Anna            W, 28-7
  • at Marion Local    L, 14-0
  • at Fort Recovery    W, 28-0
  • Versailles        W, 20-18
  • New Bremen        W, 34-3
  • at Minster        L, 21-14
  • Playoffs
  • at Leipsic        W, 36-29
  • St. Joseph CC    W, 54-21
  • McComb        L, 28-21

The Blue Jays reached the postseason for the fifth straight season in 2012, despite a 6-4 record against a tough schedule. Delphos St. John's did it with a stingy defense that allowed just 16.7 points per game. DSJ  and an offense that steadily improved through the season. Running back Tyler Jettinghoff ran for nearly 1,800 yards and 20 touchdowns a season ago.

The Blue Jays are a power running team with two power backs. Along with Jettinghoff, Luke MacLennan is quite a second option in the backfield. Along with clearing out space for Jettinghoff, MacLennan ran for 603 yards and nine scores in 2012. Outside linebacker Cody Looser was a second team All-MAC selection in 2012. The Blue Jays added area power Elida to the schedule for Week 1. Add in a Week 2 game against Lima Central Catholic and regular season games against Coldwater, St. Henry, Anna, Versailles and  Marion Local and once again the Blue Jays will be tested.

Head Coach: Brent Niekamp (8th season, 22-58)

2012 By the Numbers
Record: 3-7, 1-7 MAC At Home: 2-3 On the Road: 1-4
Pts. Per Game: 13.6 (8th in MAC) Pts. Allowed Per Game: 28.7 (8th in MAC)
Record vs. Playoff Teams: 0-5

2013 Schedule
Aug. 30    Edgerton
Sept. 6    at Waynesfield-Goshen
Sept. 13    at Anna
Sept. 20    Marion Local
Sept. 27    at Parkway
Oct. 4        New Bremen
Oct. 11    at Delphos St. John's
Oct. 18    Minster
Oct. 25    at St. Henry
Nov. 1        Coldwater

2012 Season (3-7)
Edgerton        W, 33-28
Waynesfield-Gosh.    W, 30-27
Anna            L, 34-7
at Marion Local    L, 42-0
Parkway        W, 26-0
at New Bremen    L, 31-28
Delphos St. John's    L, 28-20
at Minster        L, 28-6
St. Henry        L, 14-7
at Coldwater        L, 55-0

After a 2-0 start to the season, life was tough in the MAC for the Indians in 2012. They picked up one MAC win over Parkway but had to close with a murderer's row of playoff teams to end the season: Delphos St. John's, Minster, St. Henry and Coldwater. Mason Evers was a dual-threat at quarterback, setting a school-record for rushing yards in a game in Week 2's win over Waynesfield-Goshen with 349 yards on the ground. In 2012, Evers rushed for 1,313 yards and 14 touchdowns while throwing for 754 yards and five touchdowns.

Fort Recovery will need to replace the big output of Evers at quarterback, but the Indians return some key players who were named Honorable Mention All-MAC a season ago. Senior Alex Wenning had 118 tackles a season ago at linebacker. Junior defensive end Seth Riegle was one of the area's best tacklers a season ago, collecting 94 stops. Senior running back Kyle Timmerman ran it 107 times for 467 yards (4.4 ypc).  Reece Grieshop was also an All-MAC selection last season.

Head Coach: Tim Goodwin (15th season, 154-40, 6 state championships)

2012 By the Numbers
Record: 13-2, 6-2 MAC, Division VI State Champions
At Home: 6-0 On the Road: 3-2 Neutral Site: 4-0
Pts. Per Game: 32.0 (2nd in MAC) Pts. Allowed Per Game: 20.8 (7th in MAC)
Record vs. Playoff Teams: 7-1

2013 Schedule
Aug. 30    at Shawnee
Sept. 6    W. Jefferson
Sept. 13    Parkway
Sept. 20    at Fort Recovery
Sept. 27    Versailles
Oct. 5        at Delphos St. John's
Oct. 11    at St. Henry
Oct. 18    Coldwater
Oct. 25    at Anna
Nov. 1        New Bremen

2012 Season (13-2)
Shawnee        W, 42-28
at W. Jefferson    W, 44-37
at Parkway        W, 48-22
Fort Recovery    W, 42-0
at Versailles        L, 24-14
Delphos St. John's    W, 14-0
St. Henry        W, 38-22
at Coldwater        L, 27-0
Anna            W, 27-21
at New Bremen    W, 26-0
Bradford        W, 53-27
Minster        W, 41-34
St. Henry        W, 28-21
McComb        W, 34-28, 2OT
Newark Catholic    W, 28-21

Marion Local won its sixth state championship in thriling fashion, as back-up defensive back Nate Nagel swatted away a pass into the end zone on an untimed down to give the Flyers a 28-21 win in the Division VI state title game. The Flyers were a young team that lacked experience on defense. They were just the seventh-best defensive team in the MAC, allowing 17 points per game. But the Flyers found a winning path by going to a power ground game early in the season, scrapping the spread offense for the balanced attack led by Pitt commit at quarterback Adam Bertke (173-277, 2,237 yds passing, 13 TDs, 1,067 yds rushing, 15 TDs) and the slithering style of running back Jacy Goettemoeller (1,576 yds.  rushing, 402 yds. receiving). The Flyers were tripped up twice, by Divison V state champion Coldwater and by 5-5 Versailles.
Marion Local is loaded and likely the favorite once again in Division VI. Quarterback Adam Bertke (6-foot-6, 210 pounds) has led the Flyers to back-to-back titles as a sophomore and junior. Now he returns with a much more veteran squad than the one the Flyers took to Massillon a season ago. "We only graduated six seniors and have most of our starters back," Marion Local head coach Tim Goodwin said. "Adam returns as a quarterback for the third season, which is a luxury." The Flyers have 19 returning letterwinners. Goodwin's biggest concern is at linebacker, where he lost three of his top four to graduation. That included First Team All-MAC selections Kyle Mescher and Alaric Keller. Others to look out for Marion Local are Second Team All-MAC selection Jason Brunswick (DT/OL), Sam Poeppelman (OL/DL), Nathan Heckman (OL/DL), Chris Lochtefeld (OL/DL), Petyon Kramer (DL/K) and freshman running back Hunter Wilker, who scored three touchdowns for the Flyers during the state title game after Goettemoeller exited the game early with an ankle injury.

Head Coach: Geron Stokes (1st Season, 29-13 in four seasons at Urbana)

2012 By the Numbers
Record: 9-3, 6-2 MAC
At Home: 5-1 On the Road: 4-1 Neutral Site: 0-1
Pts. Per Game: 31.7 (3rd in MAC) Pts. Allowed Per Game: 16.8 (3rd in MAC)
Rushing Yds. Per Game: 180.2
Rushing Yds. Allowed Per Game: 190.7
Passing Yds. Per Game: 209.7
Passing Yds. Allowed Per Game: 124.3
Record vs. Playoff Teams: 3-3

2013 Schedule
Aug. 30    Fort Loramie
Sept. 6    at Sidney Lehman Catholic
Sept. 13    at New Bremen
Sept. 20    St. Henry
Sept. 27    at Coldwater
Oct. 4        Anna
Oct. 11    Parkway
Oct. 18    at Fort Recovery
Oct. 25    Versailles
Nov. 1        Delphos St. John's

2012 Season (9-3, 6-2 MAC)
at Fort Loramie        W, 28-0
Sidney Lehman Catholic    W, 46-7
New Bremen         W, 51-19
at St. Henry        L, 35-21
Coldwater        L, 34-6
at Anna            W, 34-8
at Parkway        W, 43-16
Fort Recovery        W, 28-6
at Versailles        W, 20-14
Delphos St. John's    W, 21-14
Tri-County North    W, 48-7
Marion Local        L, 41-34

In Nate Moore's third and final season as Minster's head coach before heading to Cincinnati LaSalle High School, Minster reached the playoffs for the third straight season behind its big and talented senior class. Minster had a powerful offense with quarterback Adam Niemeyer (178-291, 2,441 yds., 22 TDs, 8 INTs, 360 yds. rushing, 7 TDs), running back Korey Schultz (1,334 yds, 16 TDs) and wideout Devon Poeppelman (58 catches, 784 yds., 7 TDs).  Minster bowed out of the playofss in a thrilling 41-34 loss to eventual state champion Marion Local.

Geron Stokes, who takes over the Minster head coaching position after four seasons at Urbana, will look to build around some key returners in the trenches. Most notably he'll have Ethan Wolf, a Tennessee recruit who caught 43 passes for 563 yards and eight touchdowns from the tight end position and made 40 tackles on defense. Wes Hegemann is a four-year starting tackle. Another to look out for is second-leading tackler, linebacker Paul Dues. Dues had 68 tackles a season ago. Stokes led Urbana to three Central Buckeye Conference titles and two playoff appearances. "I wanted the challenge of competing in the best small-school conference probably in the country," Stokes said upon his hiring.

Head Coach: Jason McGaharan (2nd Season, 2-8, 2-6 MAC)

2012 By the Numbers
Record: 2-8, 2-6 MAC
At Home: 2-3  On the Road: 0-5
Pts. Per Game: 12.2 (9th in MAC)
Pts. Allowed Per Game: 31.8 (9th in MAC)
Rushing Yds. Per Game: 224.7
Rushing Yds. Allowed Per Game: 156.9
Passing Yds. Per Game: 72.1
Passing Yds. Allowed Per Game: 130.4
Record vs. Playoff Teams: 0-6

2012 (2-8, 2-6 MAC)
at Covington        L, 7-27
Fort Loramie        L, 34-21
at Minster        L, 51-19
Parkway            W, 13-6
at St. Henry        L, 7-49
Fort Recovery        W, 31-28
at Versailles        L, 42-8
Anna            L, 21-13
at Del.  St. John's    L, 34-3
Marion Local        L, 26-0

2013 Schedule
Aug. 30        Allen East
Sept. 6        Fort Loramie
Sept. 13    Minster
Sept. 20    at Parkway
Sept. 27    St. Henry
Oct. 4        at Fort Recovery
Oct. 11        Versailles
Oct. 18        at Anna
Oct. 25        Delphos St. John's
Nov. 1        at Marion Local

New Bremen was led by the play of defensive end Justin Heitkamp, a First Team All-MAC selection who had 59 tackles, six sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss. Leading rusher Alex Speelman ran for 529 yards and four touchdowns, while parker Manger led the team with 149 yards receiving on eight catches with two touchdowns.

Quarterback Garrett Westerbeck returns after a junior season in which he threw for 721 yards and six TDs and r an for another 489 yards and four touchdowns. One of his favorite targets could be junior Carson Manger, who caught 11 throws for 141 yards and a touchdown in 2012.  New Bremen opens the season against Allen East, hoping to start the season with a win for the first time since 2009. The Cardinals close the season against a tough final four opponents in Versailles, Anna, Delphos St. John's and Marion Local. Five of New Bremen's 10 opponents made the playoffs in 2012.

Head Coach: Dan Cairns (3rd Season, 3-17)

2012 By the Numbers
Record: 0-10, 0-8 MAC
At Home: 0-5 On the Road: 0-5
Pts. Per Game: 9.4 (10th in MAC) Pts. Allowed Per Game: 35.4 (10th in MAC)
Record vs. Playoff Teams: 0-4

2013 Schedule
Aug. 30        Crestview
Sept. 6        at Riverside
Sept. 13    at Marion Local
Sept. 20    New Bremen
Sept. 27    Fort Recovery
Oct. 4        at Versailles
Oct. 11        at Minster
Oct. 18        St. Henry
Oct. 25        at Coldwater
Nov. 1        Anna

2012 Season (0-10, 0-8 MAC)
at Crestview        L, 30-16
Tinora            L, 45-12
Marion Local        L, 49-22
at New Bremen        L, 6-13
at Fort Recovery    L, 26-0
Versailles        L, 47-0
Minster            L, 43-16
at St. Henry        L, 34-8
Coldwater        L, 47-6
at Anna            L, 20-8

Parkway couldn't generate enough offensively to compete in the MAC, going 0-10 while scoring 9.4 points per game. The defense surrendered a MAC-worst 35.4 points per game. The Panthers leaned on leading rusher Brandon Moorman (651 yards, 2 TDs) and junior quarterback Austin Dennison (1,081 yds passing, 296 yds. rushing) on offense. Moorman made a team-best 79 tackles, as well. Also key was senior center Seth Hipply, a Second Team All-MAC player, senior lineman Tyler Matthews, an Honorable Mention All-MAC player and senior wideout and defensive back Cain Pontsler, Honorable Mention All-MAC.

Parkway returns the senior Dennison at quarterback. Another key player to watch is senior running back and defensive back Dakota Hucke. The Panthers have both Marion Local and Coldwater, a pair of defending state champs, on the schedule along with playoff teams Minster and St. Henry.

Head Coach: Brad Luthman (1st Season)

2012 By the Numbers
Record: 5-5, 4-4 MAC
At Home: 7-0 On the Road: 1-3 Neutral Site: 1-1
Pts. Per Game: 27.2 (5th in MAC) Pts. Alowed Per Game: 19.1 (6th in MAC)
Record vs. Playoff Teams: 3-4

Jeff Starkey's run at St. Henry, which included a pair of state titles, came to an end as the Redskins  made a deep run into the playoffs before being knocked off by Marion Local 28-21 in the regional final. Starkey left St. Henry for a principal's position at LaBrae. Quarteback Kyle Stahl led the way, orchestrating a spread offense that scored 34 or more points five times last season.

New head coach Brad Luthman comes from some great stock, playing under Al Hetrick at Versailles as an All-Ohio offensive lineman and then coaching under Tim Goodwin at Marion Local for two seasons. He'll have to replace Stahl at quarterback, but has running back Adam Reichert, who ran for 558 yards and five touchdowns last season, to give to in what could be a more ground-oriented attack this season for the Redskins.

Head Coach: Adam Miller (2nd Season, 5-5, 4-4 MAC)

2012 By the Numbers
Record: 5-5, 4-4 MAC
At Home: 3-2
On the Road: 2-3
Pts. Per Game: 27.3 (4th in MAC)
Opponents Pts. Per Game: 18.0 (5th in MAC)
Record vs. Playoff Teams: 1-4

2013 Schedule
Aug. 30        Celina
Sept. 6        at Valley View
Sept. 13    at Coldwater
Sept. 20    Anna
Sept. 27    at Marion Local
Oct. 4        Parkway
Oct. 11        at New Bremen
Oct. 18        Delphos St. John's
Oct. 25        at Minster
Nov. 1        St. Henry

2012 Season (5-5, 4-4 MAC)
at Celina        L, 46-26
Graham            W, 40-7
Coldwater        L, 21-7
at Anna            W, 41-27
Marion Local        W, 24-14
at Parkway        W, 47-0
New Bremen        W, 42-8
at Del. St. John's    L, 20-18
Minster            L, 20-14
at St. Henry        L, 17-14

The MAC is once again loaded with top-flight quarterbacks, and the Tigers have one of them in Nick Campbell. Campbell has thrown for more than 4,300 yards and 55 touchdowns while rushing for more than 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns over the past two seasons. "We have a great group of skill players returning on both sides of the ball," Versailles head coach Adam Miller said. Also back is wide receiver Damien Richard, who caught six touchdown passes a season ago. Other skill players to keep an eye on are tight end/defensive end Evan Phlipot, tight end/defensive end Zach Steinbrunner, wide receiver/defensive back Craig Langenkamp and running back/linebacker Kyle Dieringer. While Miller likes the crop of linemen he has on both sides of the ball, sorting out the starters will be a major part of the preseason and scrimmages. "We need to to find out which five will be our best option on Friday nights," Miller said.

(Correction: The New Bremen capsule originally misstated Carson Manger's year in school. He is a junior, not a senior. It also misstated returning players for the 2013 season.)