2013 Season Preview
The Blue Jays of Central Columbia this year will depend on their line play to move the ball. There will be three seniors on that front line but that is just about the only place the Blue Jays have a lot of experience. Last year’s team moved the ball well through the air, but this year Coach Jason Hippenstiel says they will probably do more running. That’s OK with the head coach who says he’s rather be young in the skill areas than the line, at least to start the season. In the past Central Columbia counted on QB Jordan Thivierge and his arm quite a bit, with help from excellent receivers like Adam Novak and Dylan Hine. They are now gone and the QB duties have fallen into the hands of two juniors, Austin Farver and Steven Shannon. The task of grinding out yardage on the ground will go to RB Danny Koch and FB Cody Bowman. Since opponents might expect the team to run more this year, the coach says it will be important to get the passing game up to speed as quickly as possible.
As with the offense, the Central Columbia defense will depend on the line. The three seniors that will start on Coach Hippenstiel’s offensive line will go both ways and play defense as well. They are Tyler Young, Jake Klinger and Nick Rakauskas. They have good size and are very strong. Young was 170 pounds as a freshman and comes in now at 258.Young is up to full speed after going out in the third game last year with an ACL injury. He recovered very quickly and was on the bowling team in five months. The linebacking corps is relatively new but Cody Bowman does have experience there and he will be returning this year. The rest of the defense for the most part doesn’t have any starting experience but they have filled in well when needed and the coach likes the way they looked playing together this summer.
This is a question mark for the Blue Jays. If you know of somebody with a good leg, call the coach. They lost Dylan Hine who kicked extra points and also punted and they also lost their kick-off specialist Jordan Thivierge. All jobs are pretty much wide open in special teams.
Central Columbia lost 19 seniors, but if the game is won or lost in the trenches then Central Columbia is in good shape with three starting seniors on both the offensive and defensive lines. The skilled positions have players with some experience but not starting experience. Coach Hippenstiel says because they lost so many seniors they may use that as an incentive, not wanting to be the class that takes a step back and says he thinks the talent is there to be a pretty good football team. The Blue Jays won the Heartland Conference Division ll Championship last year. The coach says the conference is a meat grinder and doesn’t expect any team to be weak.