Hammond quarterback Eric Schreiber Jr. has had some tough openers.
His first varsity action came when he was at Michigan City with his head coach father. The first snap he saw flew over his head and ended in a disastrous loss against Chesterton. As a sophomore, after his father was hired at Hammond, he was sacked on his first four plays in four-down territory before the half against E.C. Central.
“And he’s been starting ever since,” coach Eric Schreiber Sr. said.
Football has its myriad sayings, including takes on starts vs. finishes and their varying levels of importance. For Schreiber the quarterback, the best is probably on its way.
The senior has gained 30 pounds for his final season under center and attended six quarterback camps in the summer. Meanwhile, he’s been receiving attention from NAIA schools such as Olivet Nazarene in Bourbonnais, Ohio Northern and Peru State in Nebraska.
“I hope he has the best year he’s ever had,” Schreiber Sr. said. “He’s looked forward to this season ever since he was a little kid.” — Paul Trembacki
No, no, no: Hobart sophomore Jacob Kerr has a bright future for the Brickies. But the one question he keeps hearing is the same.
"Someone asks me every day," he said when asked if he was related to Hall of Fame coach Tom Kerr, who is still an assistant with the Brickies. "No, I am not related to him. But he's a great coach."
Jacob's father, Brian, also played at Hobart. He is not related to Tom, either. -- Steve Hanlon
Hammer time: Boone Grove graduated plenty of playmakers, but will lean on a big, veteran offensive line led by Zach Keilman and Garrett Glisk.
"You have to change with the group of kids you have," coach Tony Tinkel said. "Those kids will be the heart and soul of the team. I know I'm biased, but I'd put them up against anybody in the state. I have all the confidence in the world in those kids. They've worked hard for four years."
The Wolves figure to feature a physical running game with 6-foot-1, 200-pound Bryce Lange and 232-pound Devan Borns. Alan Espino, Matt Wiggins and Evan Stewart are also in the backfield mix.
"Lange's a strong boy. He can really pound the ball," Tinkel said. "When we hit (Borns), guys are bouncing off him." — Jim Peters
RRSN kickoff show Monday: The Regional Radio Sports Network will conduct its 22nd annual RRSN-Indiana Football Digest Region High School Football Kickoff Show from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday at Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria, 5023 U.S. 6, Portage.
The event will broadcast on WEFM-FM (95.9) and www.rrsn.com. Coaches and players from 14 Northwest Indiana teams will be on hand to talk about the upcoming season. Scheduled to appear are Merrillville, Boone Grove, Chesterton, Hobart, Crown Point, Lake Central, Valparaiso, LaPorte, Lowell, Morton, Portage, Kankakee Valley, Michigan City and Munster.