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Cougars look to new faces to lead way

September 01, 1999|By DAN KAUFFMAN

THURMONT, Md. - Last year at Catoctin football games, there was a buzz in the air ... usually the sound of Chad Wiley propelling a football towards a streaking Mike Irvine.

This year, Wiley and Irvine are gone, as is running back Chad Dewees. With their absence, Catoctin is starting over.

"We're going to depend on everybody," head coach Doug Williams said. "Our numbers are low ... but even though we lost a couple of superstars ... we have 20 good players.

"The minus is, we only have 20, but the plus is they're 20 good kids."

Despite the lack of bodies, Williams isn't changing a thing. He plans on running the same double-wing offense that Wiley, Irvine and DeWees thrived on.

Senior Todd Krietz takes over the reins at quarterback.

"Todd is a very heady player, very intelligent, a real good leader and a real good ballhandler, and that's what you need to run a double-wing offense," Williams said.

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Krietz's main throwing option will probably be Richard Forrest, who takes Irvine's spot.

"Richard has real good hands and he goes up for the ball real nice," Williams said. "We're not going to throw the ball as much cause we lost Wiley and Irvine, but we'll still throw the ball."

Several running backs who will see playing time in place of Dewees, led by senior Jeremiah Stull.

"Jeremiah is a real nice running back ... he'll get a lot of time carrying the ball." Williams said.

Krietz, Forrest and Stull will turn around and assist defensively, where, because of the numbers crunch, everyone must help out.

"Those are the same guys you're depending on on defense, and it doesn't matter which position, we're gonna need all of them to come through," Williams said. "Almost everybody's gonna be going both ways. That's the same way it's almost always been at Catoctin. It's nothing new."

Seniors Steve Smith and Earl Jenkins will anchor the defensive line, while Krietz and junior Adam Wivell will line up at linebacker.

Catoctin's success depends on how many players step up to the challenge. Williams has no doubt they will.

"These kids will do anything you tell them to," he said. "They're coachable kids, great kids."




Nickname: Cougars

Coach: Doug Williams

Experience: 9th year, 33-47

1998 record: 5-5

Conference: MVAL

Returning starters: 5 off., 5 def.

Key players: Todd Krietz, QB/LB; Jeremiah Stull, RB/DL; Richard Forrest, WR/DB; Steve Smith, DL/OL; Earl Jenkins, TE/DL; James Bradfield, OL/DL; Adam Wivell, OL/LB; Aaron Venables, RB/LB.

Key stat: The bulk of the Cougars' 1998 offense is gone. QB Chad Wiley and WR Mike Irvine graduated and Chad Dewees transferred to Walkersville.

Schedule: Sept. 3, Catonsville; Sept. 9 Williamsport; Sept. 17, Middletown; Sept. 24, at North Hagerstown.

  • Oct. 1, at Smithsburg; Oct. 8, at Boonsboro; Oct. 15, at South Hagerstown; Oct. 22, at Walkersville; Oct. 29, FSK.
  • Nov. 5, at Brunswick.
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