Wayensfield-Goshen ready to take the next step


By Jose Nogueras - jnogueras@aimmediamidwest.com



Waynesfield-Goshen’s Joel Rickle, who gained a 1,000 yards last season, is part of the Tigers’ one-two punch in the backfield.

Waynesfield-Goshen’s Joel Rickle, who gained a 1,000 yards last season, is part of the Tigers’ one-two punch in the backfield.


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WAYNESFIELD-GOSHEN

Coach: Shane Wireman

Years at school, record: 4th (7-23)

Last year’s record: 5-5

Division: VII

Returning Lettermen: Blake Barnes (Soph.), Hayden James (Soph.), Cooper Roberts (Soph.), Ryder Siebeneck (Soph.), Austin Birt (Jr.), Jordan Miller (Jr.), Layton Campbell (Jr.), Caleb Garee (Sr.), Cole Schlegal (Sr.), Tye Little (Sr.), Evan Miller (Sr.), Kyle Searson (Sr.), Josh Kirchner (Sr.), Joel Rickle (Sr.)

Promising Newcomers: Jakob Augsburger (Sr.), Hunter Craig (Fr.), Chase Dunson (Fr.)

Season Outlook: “As this is my fourth year as the head coach of the W-G Tigers, I have high expectations for this season,” Wireman said. “We have come a long way since my first season. As a group we have worked hard to increase our numbers, as well as placed a high emphasis on winning the off-season. Many of our returning players have a ton of experience, and I believe the game will start to slow down for some of them as we get into game mode. As always our success will hinge on sticking together as a family throughout the season through the ups and downs as well as the leadership of our senior class.”

WAYNESFIELD-GOSHEN SCHEDULE

Aug. 30 `Ayersville `7 p.m.

Sept. 6 `at Arcadia `7 p.m.

Sept. 13 `at Ridgedale `7 p.m.

Sept. 20 `Ridgemont `7 p.m.

Sept. 27 `Upper Scioto Valley `7 p.m.

Oct. 4 `at Perry `7 p.m.

Oct. 11 `Riverside `7 p.m.

Oct. 18 `at Sidney Lehman `7 p.m.

Oct. 25 `Elgin `7 p.m.

Nov. 1 `at Hardin Northern `7 p.m.

WAYNESFIELD – Waynesfield-Goshen head coach Shane Wireman said the Tigers are ready to take the next step.

Three years ago, Wireman inherited an 0-10 team, and in his first season he went 0-10. But two years ago, the Tigers ended their 24-game losing streak and recorded a 2-8 record. In 2018, Waynesfield-Goshen went 5-5, and Wireman believes this is the year the Tigers can vie for a possible Northwest Central Conference title and possible playoff berth.

“We want to keep building on that and got a couple of key wins in the conference that boosted our confidence,” Wireman said. “We can’t look past anybody with our week one and week two opponents switched up, so we have to be ready by week one.”

The Tigers enter the 2019 campaign with 14 returning letter winners, and half of those players are seniors.

Wireman said the players came in anxious to play after last season, and he added they have seen a slight increase in numbers in the weight room and at two-a-days.

“Getting to that 5-5 mark and seeing some of that hard work pay off with the kids,” Wireman said, “has helped us in the weight room and helped with our attendance. We have had the best attendance weight room-wise since I have been here. We are getting 70 to 80 percent coming out, and I think we are getting bigger and stronger.”

The Tigers return a number of weapons on offense and it begins with the running game. The one-two puch of fullback Kyle Searson and Joel Rickle

Searson, who was a first-team, all-NWCC defensive player, amassed 617 yards on 101 carries and seven touchdowns. As the tailback Rickle gained 1,007 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. Rickle so caught 15 catches for 188 yards.

Both Ricker and Searson were second-team, all-NWCC selection as running backs.

“Not trying to toot our own horn, but I think we have just as good as backfield as anyone in the conference,” Wireman said. “I think our kids will stack up nicely with anyone in the league, and I look forward to them contributing. ”

Behind the center will be Cooper Roberts, a sophomore, who became the starter last season after starter Evan Miller was injured in week three with a thumb injury and was moved to receiver.

“He (Roberts) is a good passer, and he is going to run the ball too,” Wireman said. “Evan was more of a runner, but Cooper is a big kid back there that we can run some follows with. He gets the ball out of his pretty quickly and spins the ball pretty well.”

Wireman added that Roberts as the quarterback helps them with the multiple sets that the Tigers like to run.

“We have done fairly well grinding the ball, but we want to continue to build the passing games when teams load the box or blitz and I think we are getting much better on the perimeter to combat those things.”

Wireman said Roberts has been improving over the summer and it has shown coming into the preseason.

“He is a smart kid but still has a lot to learn,” Wireman said. “He has a lot of upside to him and is very capable as a sophomore of holding the job down for us.”

Cooper will have plenty of effective targets to choose from in the receiving department. As mentioned, Miller returns as a receiver and Layton Campbell, who hauled 20 catches for 260 yards and 1 touchdown as sophomore, is also back.

Cole Schlegal, who was a receiver, will be the starting tight end and be another pass threat. Blake Barnes, a sophomore, will get some playing time in the backfield and as a receiver. Jordon Miller is also back as a receiver.

Waynsfield-Goshen’s right side of the offensive line is set with two-year starter Austin Burt and Josh Kirchner, a three-year starter.

Burt played center last season and got moved to tackle this year, so Wireman is searching for a center and will make a decision after two-a-days and scrimmages.

On the left side of the line, Ryder Sieberneck and Ty Little are back.

“We have four or five guys so that is not a bad place to be,” Wireman said. “Caleb Garee is also playing on the left side, so we have some competition there so there is some competition there.”

Wireman admitted that some of the players were initially not comfortable battling for a spot, but Wireman said that this is healthy for the team and engaging in fights for jobs is a good thing.

“I think that is going to push the ceiling for us having that natural motivation of competition on the team as opposed to kids saying this is my spot,” Wireman said. “It is a good problem to have.”

Wireman said in order for the Tiger offense to be successful they have to finish in the red zone and said that was a problem last season.

We have really put an emphasis on finishing the drive,” Wireman said. “We that we need to get it into the end zone and the biggest thing is to make sure when we get in the red zone we have to get six points especially when you drive it 10 plays for 70 yards and you die out at the five. That is demoralizing. Got to the ball over that goal line.”

Defensively, like the offense, will see a number of players back.

Searson, a first-team, All-NWCC selection at linebacker last season, headlines the defense. In 2018, Searson recorded a total of 129 tackles, two sacks two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Like the offense, the defense has a host of returners.

Along with Searson in the middle and the Rickle and Josh Kirschner along with Blake Barnes fills out the linebacking corps.

On the line, Birt, Ty Little are back at the end positions and Caleb Garee and Jacob Augsburger manning the tackle spots.

“We are pretty experienced up front with three seniors and a junior so we have some good guys who have played in a lot of football games.”

The Tiger secondary will be manned by two seniors at the cornerback spot and a junior playing safety.

“We are pretty experienced back there,” Wireman said. “I feel really strong with what we have defensively. I would like to see us force more turnovers and continue to make some plays and get off the field sooner.”

With expectations high, Wireman said the key for the Tigers will be to producing wins.

I think it is kind of good to hold your fee to the fire as a staff and as players,” Wireman said. “I want to be in the mix. Even though there is pressure to that but pressure is not a bad thing if you channel it the right way.”

Wireman added these seniors have endured a lot in their four years and said he wants to avoid complacency and come out ready to go in week 1.

“I’m not going to sit here and tell you we are going to be 10-0 and win the league,” Wireman said, “but I think we have the kids to that and maintain our focus and be right there in the mix and be competitive in every game.”

Waynesfield-Goshen’s Joel Rickle, who gained a 1,000 yards last season, is part of the Tigers’ one-two punch in the backfield.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/web1_Perry-vs-WG-RP-005.jpgWaynesfield-Goshen’s Joel Rickle, who gained a 1,000 yards last season, is part of the Tigers’ one-two punch in the backfield. File photo

By Jose Nogueras

jnogueras@aimmediamidwest.com

WAYNESFIELD-GOSHEN

Coach: Shane Wireman

Years at school, record: 4th (7-23)

Last year’s record: 5-5

Division: VII

Returning Lettermen: Blake Barnes (Soph.), Hayden James (Soph.), Cooper Roberts (Soph.), Ryder Siebeneck (Soph.), Austin Birt (Jr.), Jordan Miller (Jr.), Layton Campbell (Jr.), Caleb Garee (Sr.), Cole Schlegal (Sr.), Tye Little (Sr.), Evan Miller (Sr.), Kyle Searson (Sr.), Josh Kirchner (Sr.), Joel Rickle (Sr.)

Promising Newcomers: Jakob Augsburger (Sr.), Hunter Craig (Fr.), Chase Dunson (Fr.)

Season Outlook: “As this is my fourth year as the head coach of the W-G Tigers, I have high expectations for this season,” Wireman said. “We have come a long way since my first season. As a group we have worked hard to increase our numbers, as well as placed a high emphasis on winning the off-season. Many of our returning players have a ton of experience, and I believe the game will start to slow down for some of them as we get into game mode. As always our success will hinge on sticking together as a family throughout the season through the ups and downs as well as the leadership of our senior class.”

WAYNESFIELD-GOSHEN SCHEDULE

Aug. 30 `Ayersville `7 p.m.

Sept. 6 `at Arcadia `7 p.m.

Sept. 13 `at Ridgedale `7 p.m.

Sept. 20 `Ridgemont `7 p.m.

Sept. 27 `Upper Scioto Valley `7 p.m.

Oct. 4 `at Perry `7 p.m.

Oct. 11 `Riverside `7 p.m.

Oct. 18 `at Sidney Lehman `7 p.m.

Oct. 25 `Elgin `7 p.m.

Nov. 1 `at Hardin Northern `7 p.m.

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