Vikings hoping simpler scheme, equals better results

By Max Householder -

The 2019 Evergreen football team.

The 2019 Evergreen football team.

Photo by B&D Photography

2019 Roster
1Lane Schoendorf10WR/DB
2Jack Etue12QB/DB
3Payton Boucher10QB/DB
4Walker Lumbrezer9WR/LB
6Alex Peete10K
7Tanner Pollard11QB/LB
8Colin Smith11WR/DB
9Brock Hudik10WR/DB
10David Fuller11
11Jacob Riggs11WR/DB
13Tristan Cordray12WR/DE
14Jadine Young11WR/DB
15Jordan Witt9WR/DB
16Tyler Burzynski10WR/DB
18Brian Floyd12RB/LB
19Conner Hewson9RB/DB
20Ben Ruetz9RB/DB
21Trent Coopshaw11RB/DT
23Karter Herdman10RB/LB
25Julian Cundick9WR/DB
32Jack Krispin12RB/LB
35Jacob Allison9WR/DB
40Landen Vance10WR/DE
50Logan York11OL/DE
51Cody Sheller10OL/DT
52Joe Mitchey10OL/DE
54Braden Heinze9OL/DT
55Jacob Fuller11OL/DE
57Ashton Sayers10OL/DE
61Sam Worline9OL/DE
62Cole Gillen12OL/LB
66Nick Beemer12OL/LB
67Tyler Peppers12OL/DT
70Andrew Geer9OL/DT
71Will Smithmyer12OL/DT
72Hayden York9OL/DT
74Camden Schlueter9OL/DT
75Woren Thompson9OL/DT
76Trever Smith9OL/DT
77Levi Moore12OL/DT
79Brenden Matuszak11OL/DT

The Evergreen football team has gone 4-6 in each of the last two seasons under coach Aaron Schmidt, not bad for someone who was a first-time head coach going into the 2017 campaign. Fast forward two years, behind an off-season of reflection and learning, the Vikings will look to break through in 2019.

“I’m really excited about the season. We’ve put a lot of work in,” said Schmidt. “The coaching staff has put a lot of work in in the offseason to get gameplans, and offensive and defensive schemes prepared. I’m really excited to see how those translate. To see how that hard work can kind of pay off here for us.”

On offense they have condensed things, allowing their athletes to play faster and not think so much.

“We are changing a little bit of what we’re essence. We are keeping all of our terminology the same,” explained Schmidt. “We’ve been able to translate everything from one (offense) to another. But the big thing really is, was to simplify. We really end up having less blocking schemes than we did last year. I think, to be honest, we were too complex in the past with some of the things that we were trying to do.”

A big help with implementing the changes has been offensive line coach and former Viking head man Bob Beemer.

“He is a film rat,” said Schmidt of Beemer. “He’s calling me all hours of the day and night. Getting me to think about things. And he’s thinking about things. He has really done a good job of breaking all of our plays down to just a couple basic blocking schemes.

“We can run a lot of the stuff with one blocking scheme. We can run five or six different plays.”

Offensively for the Vikings, this season it will all start with senior signal caller Jack Etue. He threw for 1,253 yards and 13 touchdowns a season ago, good enough for honorable mention All-Northwest Ohio Athletic League honors.

“I think we are gonna utilize his athleticism a little bit more this year. Try and get him out on the perimeter,” said Schmidt of his quarterback. “He’s a great athlete. We just didn’t have to (use his running abilities) last year.”

The Vikings will also have a three-headed monster in the back field as Jack Krispin, Trent Coopshaw and Brian Floyd return. They were each honorable mention all-league last season.

Coopshaw returns after 73 carries for 299 yards and five TDs during the 2018 season. Krispin had 13 receptions for 188 yards and two scores, while also recording 64 tackles on the defensive side.

Opening up holes for their playmakers is a talented, albeit young, offensive line.

“Our offensive line is big and strong,” said Schmidt. “They’ve really worked hard in the offseason and I’ve been really pleased with the progress we’ve made there. We lost four starters last year. And most of those guys had started for a handful of years. These guys are stepping right in and really stepping up. Taking advantage of the opportunity.”

A pair of seniors, Will Smithmyer and Nick Beemer, will anchor the unit.

“Will Smithmyer and Nick Beemer are just two giant humans,” noted Schmidt. “And they’re great leaders too. Will plays with a fire that is just contagious. The guys gravitate toward him and he’s definitely stepped up as a vocal leader.”

Beemer moves down from tight end to help out the line this season. “Those guys (Smithmyer and Beemer) will be moving all over the place on the offensive line. Just depending on what kind of defense we are gonna see,” said Schmidt.

Defensively, the Vikings are switching to a 4-3 base from last year’s 4-2-5. They will be mostly running Cover 2 or Cover 4 in the secondary.

Schmidt also said that nine players will be playing on both sides of the ball, including Etue who will see time at safety.

Evergreen will need to replace a few impact players as well. Gone are Chandler Lumbrezer (first team all-league offense, second team all-district), Hunter Vanwert (second team all-league offense, honorable mention all-district), Bryce Hudik (second team all-league defense), Jack Worline (honorable mention all-league), Colten Pawlaczyk (honorable mention all-league), Dave Carroll (honorable mention all-league), Isaac Yunker (honorable mention all-league) and Bryce Eisel (honorable mention all-league).

They also lose Zach Lumbrezer who was second team all-league on the special teams side.

“Our team will have every opportunity to be successful this season if the kids take to the coaching and build upon an improved team last year,” stated Schmidt. “Our seniors need to step up and be leaders, and our underclassmen need to follow. This group of kids has the potential to be as good as they want and work to be.”

Evergreen opens the season by hosting Otsego – a team they haven’t beaten since 2015 – Friday night. They finish the non-league slate with a game at Montpelier (Sept. 6) followed by a home bout with Ridgemont (Sept. 13).

The 2019 Evergreen football team. 2019 Evergreen football team. Photo by B&D Photography

By Max Householder

2019 Roster
No. Name Grade Position
1 Lane Schoendorf 10 WR/DB
2 Jack Etue 12 QB/DB
3 Payton Boucher 10 QB/DB
4 Walker Lumbrezer 9 WR/LB
6 Alex Peete 10 K
7 Tanner Pollard 11 QB/LB
8 Colin Smith 11 WR/DB
9 Brock Hudik 10 WR/DB
10 David Fuller 11
11 Jacob Riggs 11 WR/DB
13 Tristan Cordray 12 WR/DE
14 Jadine Young 11 WR/DB
15 Jordan Witt 9 WR/DB
16 Tyler Burzynski 10 WR/DB
18 Brian Floyd 12 RB/LB
19 Conner Hewson 9 RB/DB
20 Ben Ruetz 9 RB/DB
21 Trent Coopshaw 11 RB/DT
23 Karter Herdman 10 RB/LB
25 Julian Cundick 9 WR/DB
32 Jack Krispin 12 RB/LB
35 Jacob Allison 9 WR/DB
40 Landen Vance 10 WR/DE
50 Logan York 11 OL/DE
51 Cody Sheller 10 OL/DT
52 Joe Mitchey 10 OL/DE
54 Braden Heinze 9 OL/DT
55 Jacob Fuller 11 OL/DE
57 Ashton Sayers 10 OL/DE
61 Sam Worline 9 OL/DE
62 Cole Gillen 12 OL/LB
66 Nick Beemer 12 OL/LB
67 Tyler Peppers 12 OL/DT
70 Andrew Geer 9 OL/DT
71 Will Smithmyer 12 OL/DT
72 Hayden York 9 OL/DT
74 Camden Schlueter 9 OL/DT
75 Woren Thompson 9 OL/DT
76 Trever Smith 9 OL/DT
77 Levi Moore 12 OL/DT
79 Brenden Matuszak 11 OL/DT

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010