Falcons persevere through tough season

Falls squad stands up to stiff competition, looks forward to future FOOTBALL
by Steve Ottman
Falls News Correspondent


THE MEMBERS OF THE 2014 Sheboygan Falls High School football team are (first row, left to right) Danial Johnson, Jackson Bayer, Sean Mattek, Lucas Kaland, Ryan McGinnes, Joshua Becker, Derek Matz; (second row) Jacob Eberhardy, Cody Struebing, Benjamin Krueger, Brandon Hill, Isaiah Richards, Aaron Millikin, Devin Knapp, Caleb Rutherford, Michael Fischer; (third row) coaches Ryan Flynn, Josh Bruckner, Matt Pfister, Dan LaPoint, Brian Berlin, Mason White, Dan Winter, Mark Thompson, Eric Bosch, John Henney; (fourth row) Zach Timreck, Juwan Jackson, Zach Demler, Beau Goudreau, Kyle Peterson, Seth Irwin, Joe Van Engen, Charles Payne; (fifth row) Ryan Schmitt, Glenn Borden, Dustin Setzer, Jared Tenpas, Bryce Stahl, Vincent Hoderny, Maxwell Kuplic, Louis Moreau, Damian Kopec, Quinn Hake; (sixth row) Michael Bimmel, Walter Keller, Max Post, Joshua Le- Mahieu, Dalton Winter, Justyn St. Onge, Austin Elsing, Ben Van Zeeland, J.T. Petrie. - Photo courtesy of Network Photography THE MEMBERS OF THE 2014 Sheboygan Falls High School football team are (first row, left to right) Danial Johnson, Jackson Bayer, Sean Mattek, Lucas Kaland, Ryan McGinnes, Joshua Becker, Derek Matz; (second row) Jacob Eberhardy, Cody Struebing, Benjamin Krueger, Brandon Hill, Isaiah Richards, Aaron Millikin, Devin Knapp, Caleb Rutherford, Michael Fischer; (third row) coaches Ryan Flynn, Josh Bruckner, Matt Pfister, Dan LaPoint, Brian Berlin, Mason White, Dan Winter, Mark Thompson, Eric Bosch, John Henney; (fourth row) Zach Timreck, Juwan Jackson, Zach Demler, Beau Goudreau, Kyle Peterson, Seth Irwin, Joe Van Engen, Charles Payne; (fifth row) Ryan Schmitt, Glenn Borden, Dustin Setzer, Jared Tenpas, Bryce Stahl, Vincent Hoderny, Maxwell Kuplic, Louis Moreau, Damian Kopec, Quinn Hake; (sixth row) Michael Bimmel, Walter Keller, Max Post, Joshua Le- Mahieu, Dalton Winter, Justyn St. Onge, Austin Elsing, Ben Van Zeeland, J.T. Petrie. - Photo courtesy of Network Photography The 2014 Sheboygan Falls High School football team faced a tough schedule to open the season.

Although the Falcons didn’t win many games, they played toe-to-toe with several top teams with the hope that it will make the program stronger next season.

Falls posted a 2-7 overall record and placed in a tie for sixth in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference standings with a 2-5 record, as it failed to make the playoffs for the third straight season.

Fourth-year head coach Brian Berlin felt the Falcons had one of the toughest schedules in the area with non-conference games against state-ranked St. Mary’s Springs and Mosinee.

Seven of the nine teams the Falcons faced during the season were ranked in state at one time.

Berlin said close, six-point losses to Two Rivers and New Holstein cost the Falls squad a chance at the playoffs.

“We competed well with every team we faced,” said Berlin. “We were one of the few teams to score on Springs this season. We outgained Plymouth in total yards and the Kiel game was one we let get away.”

Berlin stated that this was one the finest group of kids he has coached. They were physical and tough as a team.

“No one gave us a chance,” Berlin commented. “This team finished second in the EWC in rushing. We set ourselves up to be successful for the future. I would like to give a special thank you to the nine seniors that put in the extra work to improve this program.”

Seniors Joe Van Engen, Mike Bimmel, Quinn Hake, Seth Irwin, Josh LeMahieu, Ben Van Zeeland, Dalton Winter, Justyn St. Onge and Louis Moreau will be missed.

In his fourth season as head coach, Berlin pointed out that the seniors helped get the program started during his first season as the Falcons’ head coach.

“What will it take to get over the hump?” asked Berlin. “We have to keep working hard to improve this program and hit the weight room if we want to be successful.”

Berlin believes the young players on the team see the potential for what can be achieved next year. A strong class of 30 juniors and sophomores is set to lead the way next season.

On offense, the Falcons will return a starting backfield of juniors Sean Mattek, Dustin Setzer, Josh Becker, sophomore Beau Goudreau and junior Ryan Schmitt.

The line returns several starters, including junior center Max Post and sophomore lineman Bryce Stahl with junior end Austin Elsing and sophomore end Jared Tenpas.

The defense will return Mattek, Setzer, Becker, Elsing, Tenpas, Stahl, Post and junior Glenn Borden. Other young Falcons also had significant playing time this season.

Setzer led the team in rushing with 792 yards and six touchdowns, while Mattek had 713 yards with nine touchdowns. Both players have already surpassed 1,000 career yards.

Schmitt led the team in passing, completing 32-of-76 passes for 459 yards and five interceptions with two touchdowns.

Van Engen had seven catches for 136 yards with a touchdown and Mattek caught 14 balls for 133 yards.


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