HAMMOND

Scouting the 2013 Hammond Wildcats Football Team

2013-08-23T00:00:00Z Scouting the 2013 Hammond Wildcats Football Team nwitimes.com
August 23, 2013 12:00 am

Hammond Wildcats

Inside the Wildcats

Last season: 6-3

Returning starters: 7 (3 offense, 4 defense)

Returning offensive leader

Eric Schreiber Jr., Sr., QB.

Returning defensive leader

Derrick English Jr., Sr., DB.

Everybody's All-American

Eric Schreiber Jr., Sr., QB/DB. With 30 pounds of muscles and multiple weeks of quarterback camps out of the area, the coach’s kid is ready to be the focal point of the offense with several weapons around him. “He’s looked forward to this season ever since he was a little kid,” Eric Schreiber Sr. said.

He's got next

Deshon Roberson, Sr., RB/DB. The raw, intimidating-looking talent hasn’t played a down of organized football since his freshman year at Griffith and is poised to break out this fall. “He’s athletic and has lots of speed,”  Schreiber Sr. said.

The Times' breakdown

After a season bookended by losses to E.C. Central with a Great Lakes Athletic Conference championship to show for between those games, Hammond has struggled with inconsistent attendance at preseason camp and might take a week or two of the regular season to fully coalesce as a unit. The leader under center is NAIA and Division III prospect Schreiber Jr. When he does his job well, anything is possible, such as the signature 28-14 win at Morton last year. As the program continues to build despite several starters moving to other schools, nine of last year’s 11 seniors are enrolled in college, including All-Area all-around stud Jesse Woods-Curtis, one of three playing Division III football. The returning defenders, led by English Jr., Anthony Fleming, Darion Rogers and first-year player Roberson, will make plays as the Wildcats try to find a consistent runner behind Schreiber to keep the offense chewing clock. The offense and defense have been adjusted for personnel with several big linemen allowing for scheme changes among the skill players. “We have strength, speed and athletic ability,” Schreiber Sr. said. “We’re still trying to build something here every day.”

— Paul Trembacki

 

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