Silver Bay football looks to youthThe Silver Bay football team is younger this year, but their coach is optimistic.
By: Matt Suoja, Lake County News Chronicle
The Silver Bay football team is younger this year, but their coach is optimistic.
“We’re building a team, which is fun,” said head coach Ward Kaiser about his nine-man team.
Last year the team finished 4-5 being ousted by Cromwell in the playoffs.
Kaiser, who is in his second year as head coach, said the offense will be led by a big line with sophomores Baruch Fischer, Josh DeHart and Jake Judkins.
At quarterback the Mariners will look to sophomore Luke Thun who will be replacing recent graduate Tanner Viola.
Senior Justin Jacobson will be looked to for leadership in the receiving corps.
Running back is another spot they are looking to fill and Kaiser wasn’t sure who would start at the position.
“We are so wide open right now,” Kaiser said. “We are young and we are going to be filling spots.”
Kaiser added that he is hoping some juniors and seniors come out for football, even though it may be their first time.
The defense will be led by senior Pat Mitchell.
“We have lots of spots to fill on that side (as well),” Kaiser said.
As far as different strategies this year on the offense and defensive side of the ball, the coach wasn’t sure how things would shake out in the coming weeks (the Mariners began practice Monday).
“We are going to be looking at who we have for personnel,” Kaiser said adding he doesn’t plan on changing the X’s and O’s.
Kaiser will be assisted by Jamie Otterblad and Chris Belanger who will be the junior high school coach.
Kaiser said the team’s schedule consists of some excellent teams, as well as some that struggle.
A complete schedule can be found inside this week’s Lake County News Chronicle’s sports schedule section where all the local teams’ schedules are located.