Falls looks to intangibles to build on last year's 7-3 season
Offense has great potential
A great deal of character and heart went into the surprising 7-3 season the Menomonee Falls football team recorded last fall and coach John Baker is seeing signs of those intangibles at work again as the Indians prepare for their season opener Friday at defending Southeast Conference champion Oak Creek.
"It's been really good so far," Baker said. "We've had great leadership so far out of our seniors...I really like the mental and emotional make-up of these kids. I like how we're competing and bonding as a team. We're just going to see how quickly we jell."
Falls has around six key players back on offense. Baker said senior second-year starting quarterback Adam Vechart (5-10, 165) has been a tremendous leader and has really made the team his own. He will have blazing fast three-year letterwinner Christian Almonte (5-6, 170) to hand the ball off to and senior letterwinning receivers Jason Precia (6-3, 174) and Dan Dahlke (6-4, 202) to throw to.
Almonte was a state track finalist in the 100 meter dash and Baker said he had a "very impressive off-season."
"He just a special player," Baker said.
Senior Wil Roscher (6-6, 210) has also looked good at fullback.
Providing the muscle to make the pistol formation go are two senior letterwinning lineman, including second-team All Greater Metro Conference selection Jackie DeWalt (5-11, 248) and Cody Marienthal (5-11, 262).
Baker said he's going to mix and match the lines to try and keep everyone upfront as fresh as possible.
The real work for the Falls is on the defensive side of the ball, as only senior defensive back Jake Fuiten (6-0, 182) and junior linebacker Tom Paul (5-7, 165) return as starters.
Baker said there is a lot of competition for spots on the 3-5 set defense that will have to replace NOW All-Suburban linebacker Brian Schmit. Baker has been impressed with those vying for spots at linebacker, including sophomores Ty Weber (6-4, 190) and Jacob Texeira (5-11, 178), junior Tyler Simcock (6-0, 164), and senior Anthony Russo (6-2, 195). Russo was also the Indians' punter last season.
Seniors Adriaan Roscher (6-6, 208), Justin Olson (6-4, 220) and Kendall Walker (6-2, 375) have looked good on the defensive front. Baker said overall size is respectable (14 players over 200 pounds on the approximately 60-man roster).
The Greater Metro looks to be a wide open race, Baker said, noting that heavy graduation rates were the rule across the board last season. The early favorite is Sussex Hamilton, whom the Indians will visit Sept. 20. Everyone is ready to get started, Baker said.
"This has been a fun group so far with a lot of potential," he said. "I'm really proud of how hard they are working."
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