Ida has exceeded expectations for the last two seasons by going 8-3 in both years under Jeff Potter. Year 3 could be where the real test begins, as only one starter returns on offense, and four on defense.
Head Coach: Jeff Potter (third season)
Assistants: Chris Leonard, Dave Potter, John Phillips, Jay Lake
Offense: The Blue Streaks have continued to make hay out of the full house T, but how will they fair with ten new faces? Senior RB Travis Wegener is the lone returning starter, and will see an increased workload. At QB, senior Jaxson Gianino or junior Mason Morelli are battling to replace Clay Sampson. Senior Ronan LaRoy and sophomore Owen Sampson (Clay’s little brother) will be new faces to watch in the backfield. The offensive line is all new, but has solid pieces in juniors Tyler Satkowski and Park Henry, as well as sophomore Ty Hathaway.
Defense: Gianino had a breakout season last year at DB with four interceptions, and will be counted on to lead the defense. Sampson will get an opportunity to play at DB, while Wegener and LaRoy will be the top LBs. Junior Michael Rosengarten and Hathaway will be the players to watch on the line. Henry and junior Landon Bryant could see time at LB.
Coach’s Outlook: We are exceptionally young on both sides of the football, but the kids are working hard. We lost all of our starters on offense except one. I have been very encouraged with what I have seen, however, we still have a long way to go. Our seniors are leading the way and the younger players will need to step up. The LCAA is a grind and I expect this year to be no different. There is solid competition from top to bottom.
FNV Outlook: Will the Blue Streaks keep on truckin’ or will there be a regression in Year 3? A road trip to Lake Fenton in Week 2 will be difficult for a very young team. The October portion of the schedule does no favors either with games against Hudson, Hillsdale, and Blissfield. The coaching is there, but a young team will have to grow up quickly.
Frank’s Pick: 5-4
Gary’s Pick: 5-4
Chris’s Pick: 5-4