Experience boosts Tigers’ hopes

by Matt Kraus Review Co respondent

HOWARDS GROVE – The Howards Grove Tiger football roster in 2013 included only four senior team members. While senior leadership was lacking in the terms of numbers, junior and sophomore players gained valuable game experience.

Nineteen letter winners, including 15 seniors and four juniors, return to the Tigers football team in 2014 as the team looks to improve on a 1-4 record in the Central Lakeshore Conference and 1-8 overall standing in 2013.

“Experience is a strength you can never discount. Our senior class is hard-working and closeknit,” said Tiger head coach David Schmid.

“They have quickly brought the underclassmen up to speed. We will go as far as their leadership will take us.”

The Tigers did lose quarterback Austin Edge, second-team All-CLC in 2013, to graduation, but senior Luke Stanczyk is poised to take the reins of the offensive team. Stanczyk won the Arnhoelter Memorial Award in 2013 as “Mr. Hustle” and recognizing his great work ethic.

“Luke will be an offensive threat, just different [than Edge]. He has different strengths throwing the ball,” said Schmid.

“Luke may end up being a better runner too.”

Returning award-winners from the 2013 season are senior wide receiver Ethan Brinkman, Offensive Most Valuable Player; senior linebacker Trent Beninghaus, Defensive MVP; and senior lineman Evan Klueger, team MVP and Lineman of the Year (Boeldt-Mueller Memorial Award).

Brinkman, an All-CLC second team split end in 2013, led the Tigers in receptions with 28, receiving yardage, 499 and touchdown catches with four last season. He averaged 17.8 yards per reception. Klueger was an All-CLC second-team interior lineman last year.

Even with the value on experience, Schmid does not feel the team is the favorite to win the CLC championship but the championship continues to be one of the goals for the season. Cedar Grove-Belgium is the defending league champion.

“We hope to surprise some people this year. We need to continue to get better every day and learn how to compete,” he said.

“Being a small school, we don’t have a lot of depth. I am excited where we are coming out of camp. I just pray we stay healthy.”

Aug. 21 – Shiocton, here
Aug. 29 – @ Kiel
Sept. 5 – @ Manitowoc Lutheran
Sept. 12 – Reedsville, here
Sept. 19 – Sheb. L./Koh./SC, @ Kohler
Sept. 26 – @ Cedar Grove

Oct. 3 – Oostburg, here
Oct. 10 – @ Random Lake
Oct. 17 – Ozaukee, here
Junior Varsity
Aug. 26 – Shiocton, here
Sept. 2 – Kiel, here
Sept. 8 – @ Manitowoc Lutheran
Sept. 15 – Ozaukee, here
Sept. 22 – Sheb. L./Koh./SC, @ Kohler
Sept. 29 – @ Cedar Grove
Oct. 6 – Oostburg, here
Oct. 13 – @ Random Lake


Name Gr. Pos.
*Ethan Brinkman 12 SE-DB
*Jonah Gerber 12 TE-LB
*Luke Stanczyk 12 QB-LB
*Quentin Zettler 12 RB-LB
*Zach Fritz 12 SE-DB
*Alex Strege 12 RB-DB
*Marcus Bohman 12 SE-DB

*Hunter Hahn 12 RB-LB
*Trent Benninghaus 12 OL-LB
*Drew Akright 12 OL-DL
*Tyler Myszewski 12 OL-DL
*Zach Mock 12 OL-DL
*Evan Klueger 12 OL-DL
*Willie Goedeke 12 OL-DL
*Andrew Reinemann 12 SE-DB
Micah Rautmann 11 OL-DB
Travis Stanczyk 11 QB-DB
Zac Stauss 11 TE-LB
Nathaniel Wagner 11 RB-LB
*Brad Olson 11 RB-LB
*Sam Scholten 11 OL-LB
*Alex Navis 11 OL-DL
*Nick Brickner 11 OL-DL
Jake Fritz 10 RB-LB
Zach Gordon 10 RB-DB
Ty Bender 10 OL-DL
Josh Scheuren 10 SE-DB
Alex Merenick 10 OL-DL
Michael Gray 10 TE-DL
* = Returning letter winner.

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