Celina has blend of youth, experience


By Jose Nogueras - [email protected]



Celina’sNoah Wagner (right) will be one of a number of Bulldogs geting their chance to play.

Celina’sNoah Wagner (right) will be one of a number of Bulldogs geting their chance to play.


CELINA

Coach: Brennen Bader

Years at School, Record: 5th (18-21)

Last Year’s Record: 3-6

Division: III

Season Outlook: We have a phenomenal group of seniors who have become very good leaders and we are very excited about our young players. All players have demonstrated the ability to be elite teammates and have worked extremely hard in preparing for the 2021 season thus far. We ultimately will be as strong as our offensive and defensive lines.

SCHEDULE

Aug. 20 — at Versailles

Aug. 27 — at Van Wert

Sept. 3 — at Shawnee

Sept. 10 — Kenton

Sept. 17 — Elida

Sept. 24 — at Bath

Oct. 1 — Ottawa-Glandorf

Oct. 8 — Defiance

Oct. 15 — at Wapakoneta

Oct. 22 — St. Marys

All games begin at 7 p.m.

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CELINA – If Celina is going to be successful this year, the Bulldogs will need some of their young pups to step up and grow up in a hurry.

The Bulldogs return 12 letter winners but just four starters on offense and five on defense and head coach Brennan Bader will need some of younger players to fill in the holes left behind by graduating seniors.

“Challenges going into the season is that we have most of our skilled guys, are secondary and our receivers combing back for the most part so I would say our biggest challenge would be to just have younger guys potentially step up on both sides of the line,” Bader said. “I would say that is our biggest challenge.”

It is no surprise that Bader and his staff focused on getting guys reps throughout the summer, preseason and scrimmages.

“We began in June, working out in June, getting bigger, faster and stronger this summer and then going to the field and start integrating what we want to do on offense and defense so we can hit this time of year, hit the ground running and start our prep for week one opponent against Versailles.”

Offensively, Nick Adams, a junior, has been the junior varsity quarterback the past two years and will be under enter for the Bulldogs.

“He has a phenomenal job leading that crew,” Bader said. “He is a very tough kid and he is very cerebral and knows our offense and he gets the guy in the right position. He has all the intangibles you want at the quarterback position.”

Behind Adams in the backfield, Bader said there were originally three running backs ready to run but one was injured. It will be tough replacing senior Jaxson Sillman who was an all-league performer at that position.

Adams will have a number of seniors to throw to Bader said. Seniors Quinn Andrews and Aiden Song are the outside receivers and Carter Alstaetter will man the slot/tight end spot.

“All three of those guys have had a ton of reps and a ton of experience over the last two or three years so it is nice to have a quarterback throwing to people he is going to be comfortable with,” Bader said.

With five seniors graduating off the offensive line, the Bulldogs will need to learn as they go and that is not the easiest at the varsity level or in the Western Buckeye League.

“We like the potential that is there they just don’t have the game experience but we are working on that right now and they look better every day and the future looks real bright in the o-line it is a question of how quick can that cohesion come and quickly can they start to gel together,” Bader said.

Running the ball is the Bulldogs’ main goal and the line coming together will be essential if they are going to score points.

“We always want to be able to run the ball and just be efficient,” Bader said. “We want to stay ahead of the sticks and not hurt ourselves. That is the No. 1 thing we try to stress to our guys.”

Like the offense, the line will need to be rebuilt but on the plus side, the Bulldogs return five seniors in the secondary.

“That is very comforting,” Bader said. “They do a nice job and kind of call their own coverages based on what they see so it is very conceptual as far as the offense that we are facing,”

The front seven is still a work in progress in the early season with individuals battling for linebacker and line positions. Bader adds that there will be experience at the defensive end spots and are confident whom every wins the other spots will do a great job.

Baden said for the key for this team to be successful is to get off the field on third down.

In the end, Bader is looking for his team to get better each and every day and each week.

“I know it is coach’s talk but for them to buy into the every day process that when they come in here we have to get better and with some youth at some positions we really try to hone in on that and emphasis the fact that we have to get better every time we practice and each and every week,” Bader said. “Hopefully, we will be at our strongest at the end of the year.”

Celina’sNoah Wagner (right) will be one of a number of Bulldogs geting their chance to play.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/08/web1_C74I0237_mod1.jpgCelina’sNoah Wagner (right) will be one of a number of Bulldogs geting their chance to play.

By Jose Nogueras

[email protected]

CELINA

Coach: Brennen Bader

Years at School, Record: 5th (18-21)

Last Year’s Record: 3-6

Division: III

Season Outlook: We have a phenomenal group of seniors who have become very good leaders and we are very excited about our young players. All players have demonstrated the ability to be elite teammates and have worked extremely hard in preparing for the 2021 season thus far. We ultimately will be as strong as our offensive and defensive lines.

SCHEDULE

Aug. 20 — at Versailles

Aug. 27 — at Van Wert

Sept. 3 — at Shawnee

Sept. 10 — Kenton

Sept. 17 — Elida

Sept. 24 — at Bath

Oct. 1 — Ottawa-Glandorf

Oct. 8 — Defiance

Oct. 15 — at Wapakoneta

Oct. 22 — St. Marys

All games begin at 7 p.m.

ONLY ON LIMAOHIO.COM

Check out our 2021 high school football preview section.

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