When the season kicks off on August 30th, the Fleetwood Tigers will welcome Octorara to their home field. Second year head coach James Martinez hopes that his Tigers can improve from their 3-7 (1-5 in Section 2) record a year ago.
Junior quarterback Zach Koenig is projected to start under center. Koenig attempted only 11 passes last season and served primarily as the backup to 2013 graduate Stephen Hillborn.
Juniors Tyler Emge and Michael Allen will line up in the backfield. Last season, Emge ran for over 900 yards and four touchdowns. Allen figures to play a role catching passes out of the backfield. He was second on the team with 138 receiving yards.
Sophomore Jake Wapinsky is the top receiving target for the Tigers. Wapinsky led all Fleetwood players in receptions (11) and receiving yards (179) in his freshman year. Other players who could be a threat in the passing game are seniors Nate Webb and Cody Wolf, both of whom caught a handful of passes in 2012.
Fleetwood’s offensive line will be anchored by senior Antonio Goode and sophomore Albano Ferreira.
Senior outside linebacker Morgan Shigo will lead the Tigers defense. Shigo has the ability to get to the quarterback or ball carrier in a hurry.
Shigo will be joined by seniors Cody Wolf and Zared Reichert to complete the LB unit. Senior Daquan Brown and junior Shaq Cobb should also see substantial playing time in Martinez’s rotation.
In the secondary, the team will be led by many of the same names that are expected to lead the offense. Emge and Allen are projected to get reps as defensive backs and safety Nate Webb will anchor the safety positions.
The Tigers also return junior kicker Matt Hook, who accounted for 38 points (7 FG, 17 PAT) last season.
With such a young team relying primarily on sophomores and juniors at many positions, Fleetwood will be slightly less experienced than most of their competition. However, the Tigers will make a push for a Section 2 title in 2013.