Tigers begin 2017 season at HSF
As the Osmond Tigers football team eyes the start of their 2017 season, they look to accomplish some lofty goals.
Coming into the season with twenty players, the Tiger players owe a “Thank-you” to all of those who have helped developed them (coaches, parents, teachers, and the community at-large).
This includes (but is NOT limited to) past coaches (especially Mr. Rod Brummels) who have taken the time to develop these student-athletes into the players and young men.
Many of the 2017 Tigers return with a couple years of experience under Mr. Brummels who had been coaching football at Osmond High School in some capacity since 2010 (mainly as head coach).
While the Tigers might not be the biggest or most talented group of football players in Nebraska Class D-2 football, they are a group that has strong leadership and a tremendous mentality.
“It has been great to see how this year’s upperclassmen have dedicated themselves to making this year as good as possible,” Coach Scott Morrison said.
This starts with the team’s captains Colton Beacom (Sr., B/LB), Drew Krienert (Sr., E/DE), Nick Reikofski (Jr., OL/LB), and Anthony Heiman (Jr., B/LB).
All four are returning letter-winners and were voted on by the rest of the team.
The remaining upperclassmen include Alex Alderson (Sr., OL/DE), Brenden Hille (Sr., B/DB), Alex Palu (Sr., B/LB), and Asher Wattier (Sr., OL/LB).
“Our senior class has stuck together for several years and are committed to each other,” Morrison said. “They will be the nucleus of our team that will move us forward.”
Jan Louis Muschter (Sr., E/DL) will be staying with in the Osmond area as a foreign exchange student from Germany.
Muschter does not have a lot of experience with football, but is coachable and could develop into a major contributor for the team.
“Louis is a great young man!” Morrison said. “We have all enjoyed meeting him and know he’s going to be a big part of this team.”
The other returning letter-winner on for the 2017 Tigers is Alexis Solorzano (So., OL/DL).
Several other sophomores will likely play important roles for the team. This includes Josh Gansebom (B/LB), Justus Maertins (B/DB), Landon Stelling (OL/DL), and Logan Stelling (OL/DL).
“We have some talented players in our sophomore class,” Morrison said. “It will be fun to see how they will develop as the year goes on.”
Osmond’s football team includes six freshmen.
This includes Blake Bahr (OL/DL), Zach Boyle (OL/DL), Connor Gutz (B/LB), Zach Huwaldt (E/DE), Parker Johnson (OL/LB), and Graysen Schultze (B/DB).
“This group will be a fun one to work with,” Morrison said. “Several members show the drive and work ethic necessary to get an opportunity.”
Osmond’s coaching staff includes a mix of both familiar and new faces. Veterans Todd Schulze (offense, offensive/defensive line) and Mike Slagle (special teams and linebackers) have been with the team for multiple seasons.
Dave Schmit (defense and defensive backs) and Tony Thies (Ends) will begin their first year on the Tigers’ staff.
“Our team is extremely fortunate to have a great group of coaches,” Morrison said. “We’ve got a great mix of experience and energy. But, best of all, each of our coaches is a great individual!”
The Tigers play a difficult schedule, but one which test their endurance and ability to improve as the season goes along. consistency.
Their season begins in Humphrey against perineal D-2 power Humphrey-St. Francis. They then host a tradition-rich Howells-Dodge squad.
They round out their non-district schedule at rival Randolph.
Osmond’s five district opponents will provide challenges for the team. Their district schedule begins with a trip to Basset for a game against an up-and-coming North Central team.
They host a tough Stuart team on Homecoming and then an improved Elkhorn Valley squad.
They travel to Knox county to Bloomfield to fight against a solid Bees’ team. They round out the season against one of the most traditionally consistent teams in the state: the O’Neill-St. Mary’s Cardinals.
The challenge for the Tigers will be maintaining constant improvement. The Tigers look to build on their performances each week to reach a peak near the end of their season.
Thanks for your continued support! Go Tigers!!!