The key to success in life, business, and football is experience.
For the 2007 Archbold Blue Streaks and John Downey, head football coach, experience will be the key to this year’s success. Twenty-one letterwinners return and hope to improve on last year’s 4-6 record.
“Our strengths are definitely our offensive experience and depth,” said Downey, who is in his 28th season at the helm.
“We have a large senior class, and this is the first time no sophomores are being counted on to play right away.
“Our numbers are good this year, with 19 seniors, 13 juniors, and 18 sophomores.”
The team also has decent size and speed, and is solid on special teams.
Key Players Back
Calling the signals is senior Gene Goering, who has been rewriting and setting the standard for the Archbold passing game.
Passing for 2,119 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, Goering also holds the all-time passing record at 3,246, breaking Kevin Morton’s record of 2,138 yards.
Morton had held that record since 1980 and set it in 21 games. Goering has 20 games under his belt.
It wasn’t just Goering’s arm that provided the gas for the Streaks’ engine. The senior also led the team in rushing last year, with 1,011 yards on 184 carries and 21 touchdowns.
Jimmy Dunning, Goering’s key target, leads the Streaks with 494 receiving yards, followed by Jacob Fidler with 404.
Jack Downey, the team kicker, also returns at receiver, with 330 yards, along with Ben Brader, who capped off last year with 290 yards.
Fidler also finished behind Goering in yards rushing, with 119 yards on 33 carries.
Also returning as letterwinners: Jordan Gracia, Steven Bostelman, Mickey Britenriker, Jacob Yoder, Ruben Kunkle, Ian Redd, David Rupp, Kyle Stipp, Kyle Walker, Colton Martinez, David Dominique, Jeremy Neuenschwander, Brad Lovejoy, Breon Price, and Noah Pelmear.
Defense A Question
While Archbold’s strength is on the offensive side of the ball, Downey’s defense will have some questions to answer.
The Streaks outscored their opponents 280-259 last year, but the question on Downey’s mind is, “Are we tough enough to play good defense?”
There are some holes to fill with the loss of leading defensive player Dustin Hamilton. Hamilton led the team last year with 71 total tackles.
Also gone are Kraig Bostelman, with 48 tackles, and Aaron Rosario, 47.
Walker returns with 44 total tackles and one interception. Martinez led the team with four interceptions.
Downey says that Patrick Henry is “head and shoulders above the rest” in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League this year. Overall he feels the league will be stronger than last year.
Assisting Downey are Bryan Miller, offensive coordinator; Tim Downey, defensive coordinator; Joe Furko; John Culler; Dave Walker; and Baldo Quintanilla.
Archbold plays in Ohio High School’s Division V after being in Div. IV in 2006.
The Streaks open the 2007 season on the road at Ayersville, Friday, Aug. 24.
Did You Know?
The last time the Streaks won their season opener was in 2002. Their opponent: Sylvania Southview.
The Streaks went on to post a 10-3 record and made a return trip to the playoffs, defeating Delta in the opening round before losing to soon-to-be state champ Kenton in their second game.