NORTH ROBINSON — It will be tough to follow up last year’s impressive showing, but the Colonel Crawford Eagles football team is ready for the challenge. The Eagles made it through to the second round of the Division VI playoffs in 2015, before being knocked out by the Tinora Rams, 28-23.
Ryan Teglovic is in his ninth season as the head coach for the Eagles. He will be joined by his taff of Ty Stevenson (OC/RB), Scott Armrose (OL), Preston Foy (WR), Steve Rittenour and Tyler Smith on offense. His defensive coaches are Brett DeGray (LB), Jake Bruner (DB and QB on offense), Mike Cauley (DL), Rod Stevenson (DE), Matt Grove and Jordan Shell.
Colonel Crawford, 10-2 overall last year and 7-1 in their conference, lost a lot of kids to graduation last spring. Key losses on offense were quarterback Will Kirkpatrick, wide receiver Owen Adams, Chase Mandusic and Jack Stratlter. Key losses from a year ago on defense are Nash Mollenkopf, Tyson Scott, Josh Dye, Josh Chance and Brock Cotsmire.
The team however will be returning some key contributors from last year’s squad. Senior running back Blake Treisch will be in the backfield for Teglovic and the Eagles. Treisch picked up an impressive 1,083 yards on the ground last season. Other key returnees for the offense are Caleb Sherman, Jake Lohr and Michael Knisely.
Big time players are also returning on the defensive side of the ball. Senior Jaret Tinkey will again start at defensive end. Last year, Tinkey finished the season with six sacks and 58 tackles, 10 of which were for losses. Fellow senior Kaden Schell will return at cornerback after providing the team with 50 tackles last season. Other defensive starters back are Grant Carman and two-way players Blake Treisch and Jake Lohr.
The Eagles hope to contend for a Northern 10 Athletic Conference title again this year after finishing second behind the Wynford Royals in 2015.
“The league should be good all the way around,” Teglovic said. “Wynford is still the team to beat, but Seneca East will be very talented, Carey will be much better, Mohawk was 7-3 last year and Upper Sandusky has a lot of kids.”
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