Kroner's football tour '14: Milford/Cissna Park
MILFORD — For starters, there’s 10 seniors. That’s 10 seniors who will start on the football team.
Ten experienced seniors who started a year ago. For Milford/Cissna Park coach Clint Schwartz, that means one thing.
“I don’t have to be a cheerleading coach for effort,” Schwartz said. “Our kids are looking to a special year. They know those expectations.”
Quarterback Jacob Marquez is starting for the fourth year on varsity. Running back Devon Laubscher and receiver Jake Rogers are each three-year regulars. Linemen who will be on the field for the third year are tackles Matt Birr and Cooper Egolf.
“It’s nice to have experienced kids,” Schwartz said. “They’re all great leaders. All the kids are willing to do a job and learn day by day.”
Guards Andrew Allen and Ben Jennings are returning starters, though Jennings is shifting from tight end to the line. The center is junior Jake Montgomery, a part-time starter in 2013.
Montgomery (linebacker) and at least six seniors are ticketed for duty on two platoons. Birr (end), Jennings (linebacker), Laubscher (safety), Rogers (linebacker), Corwin Allen (receiver/safety) and Andrew Mussard (receiver/safety) will rarely leave the field.
Rogers is projected as one of the team’s marquee players.
“His work ethic is unbelievable,” Schwartz said. “He’s a great blocker and a great pass-catching threat.”
Marquez passed for 950 yards as a junior. Laubscher rushed for a team-high 851 yards. Rogers averaged nearly 25 yards per catch last fall.
Besides Allen, Mussard and Rogers, other prominent pass-catchers will be Josh Bauer, Matt Laubscher and Jake Mitchell.
The Bearcats have one of the area’s most interesting schedules. The team plays its first three games on the road, then comes home to play four consecutive games and concludes the regular season with another two road games.