WAYNESFIELD — Like many small school football programs, Waynesfield-Goshen is faced with a numbers crunch.
The Tigers have only 25 players on their roster and only seven starters back from last season’s 3-7 team (2-4 Northwest Central Conference).
Some of those 25 players have never played football before, so the job in front of second year coach Tyler Turner is obvious.
Teaching the new players the proper techniques will be a key for the Tigers. Thankfully, there is also some real talent returning.
“Our goal right now is to get better day by day,” Turner said. “We hope to get better week to week as the season goes on.”
Trey Crumrine returns at quarterback for the Tigers, who have juniors Cheyne Tate and Josh Searson back at running back. Throw in sophomore track standout Ty Eller, and the Tigers should be able to move the ball out of their spread Wing-T formation.
Defensively, the Tigers will operate out of 4-2-5 and count on standout defensive end Drew Lament and linebackers Crumrine and Dustin Klenke to lead the way while the new players develop.
“We expect big things from those linebackers this season.” Turner said.
The offensive line will be anchored by Shawn Shick, Chandler Little, Klenke and Justin Agnew. They will need to provide leadership while new players are being added to the mix.
The new players need repetitions, but all bring athleticism, Turner said. Team speed is a plus for the Tigers, plus a great work ethic has been shown by the entire roster. The potential for success is there, and Turner hopes the players will continue to put forth the effort to learn the game.
Turner sees the Northwest Central Conference as a challenge his team is ready to meet.
“Lehman Catholic lost some starters, and Fort Loramie has a new head coach, but both those programs reload rather than rebuild,” Turner said. “Everyone else is trying to close tha gap on those two, and we hope to be in the league conversation at the end of the season.”