Veteran corps giving West Allis Hale football team reason for optimism
Hale boasts six all-GMC players
Plenty of experienced players return for the West Allis Hale football team in the 2014 season.
"We're in a very good position, returning 15 starters and a number of players who saw quality time last year," said head coach Brandon Ehret. "We have a senior group which has led by example throughout the last eight months and is hungry to experience success."
Senior Joe Jo Breznik, who is 6 feet 4 inches and 175 pounds, is back at quarterback after passing for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns last season.
"I'm very confident Breznik can consistently get the job done," Ehret said. "He has ideal size (for a quarterback)."
Two all-GMC players
Breznik will be helped by a pair of second-team all-Greater Metro Conference performers in senior running back Joe Werner (5-9, 185) and senior running back/wide receiver Jeff Schubert (5-5, 145), who was an all-purpose selection on the all-GMC team.
Werner was Hale's top rusher last season with 663 yards and three touchdowns.
"Joey is a kid who doesn't have exceptional speed but makes up for it with cuts, vision and the ability to always push forward," Ehret said.
Schubert caught 19 passes for 288 yards and added 165 yards on the ground last season, scoring a combined five touchdowns.
Other returning receivers are senior Ben Daniels (5-10, 155), who had 189 yards through the air, and junior Nate Scherer (5-9, 165), who added 243 yards.
Ehret said junior runner Andre Siggers (5-11, 200) and junior wide receiver Mat Wall (6-2, 160) will also contribute to the offense.
Cody Schumitsch, who earned honorable-mention all-conference on the offensive line, will be a two-way tackle for the Huskies.
"He has been an absolute monster in camp, and I expect him to be one of the top linemen in the GMC this season," Ehret said. "He is a very strong kid who plays with great leverage."
Also returning on the offensive line are junior Miguel Alvarado (6-3, 250) and senior Andrew Riedel (6-2, 230).
Scherer will be active
Scherer will play outside linebacker and defensive back.
"Nate plays much bigger than his size; you can't gauge a kid's heart and motor," Ehret said. "He's constantly bringing 110 percent, which is what you love to see as a coach."
Returning at linebacker are senior Tyler Millikin (5-7, 190) and junior Dominick O'Brion (5-10, 210), who both received all-GMC honorable mention last season. Millikin made 50 tackles and O'Brion 48.
Other linebackers are junior Torrence Cobb (5-10, 220) and junior Christian Deverney (5-11, 170).
Senior Jordan Cox (5-9, 165) will start at safety after missing most of last season, and junior Mitchell Larson (5-9, 165) is at cornerback after starting every game last year.
Junior Ryan Smith (6-0, 215) and junior Ryan Bansemer (5-8, 240) will help man the defensive line.
Millikin will handle the kicking game after earning second-team honors as a punter.
"We don't have exceptional size, but what we do have is good speed and explosiveness," Ehret concluded.
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