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Scouting the 2015 LaPorte Slicers football team

Scouting the 2015 LaPorte Slicers football team

Chesterton at LaPorte football game (PREVIEW)

LaPorte's Matt Otwinowski (47) made a habit of getting in the backfield last season.

Everybody's All-American

Matt Otwinowski, Sr., ILB. At 6-foot-3, 221 pounds, the Kent State recruit is a one-man wrecking crew. "What most impressive about Matt O isn't his size and speed, it's how he's committed to working even harder," coach Dave Sharpe said. "He takes football as seriously as almost anyone I've ever met."

He's got next

Nik Ormsby, Jr., ILB. The possible heir-apparent to Otwinowski, the 6-1, 198 Ormsby will line up alongside him. "He jumped off the screen, watching JV films," Sharpe said. "He's got a ton of upside."

The Times' breakdown

After LaPorte's run to the 5A state finals, coach Bob Schellinger retired. The graduation of Times Offensive Player of the Year Charles Salary (2,989 yards, 29 touchdowns) leaves a huge void and not the only one for Sharpe as he leads the Slicers into 6A. Mobile quarterback Mazany returns to direct the Wing T set that will still accentuate downhill running. The workload will be distributed among several backs with a blend of size and speed in Gino Francesconi, Dion Williams, Brennen Long and Drayson Nespo. They'll follow another strong line anchored by 6-4, 287-pound Nate Warnock and 6-5, 245 Joel Hines. The defense also has to replace plenty, but features two of the area's best in Otwinowski and safety Owen Strieter (eight interceptions), and has an abundance of depth up front. "The system is well-stocked with talented players," Sharpe said. "It's a trusting group with a mentality that you tell them what to do and they do it."


1Dion Williams5-7136Sr.RB
2Caleb Yandek5-8151Sr.DB
3Eric Mazany5-11169Sr.QB
4Drayson Nespo5-8155So.RB
5Brennen Long5-10200Jr.RB
6Gino Francesconi6-0198Sr.RB
7Mason Kosior6-3178Jr.LB
9Nolan Lorenz6-2192So.QB
10Adam Cizewski5-7171Sr.DB
11James Tatum6-0153Sr.DB
12Ryan Steder5-10152So.DB
13Aaron Cory5-7135Sr.DB
14Ben Dermody6-2179Jr.DB
16Zach Domogola5-6179Jr.DB
17Tyler Schoff5-8168Jr.LB
18Grant Seaburg6-1150So.DB
19Jacob Cole6-0155Jr.DB
20Michael Peeples5-6140So.RB
21Owen Strieter6-0172Jr.DB
22Rylan Epple5-10162So.RB
23Zion Hurt5-9146So.RB
24Casey Cornett5-10145Sr.K
25Carter Bernth5-10140So.RB
27Xavier Wilson6-2136So.DB
28Tyler Cave5-9134Sr.DB
29Kyle Adkins5-2117Jr.DB
30Brenton Forker5-9140So.RB
32Jackson Neal5-8138So.LB
33Jarvise Franklin5-7155So.RB
34Chris Juskiewicz5-11200Jr.LB
35Dashon Woods5-11200Jr.LB
36Zach Cannon5-9136So.DB
37Billy Mofield5-1187Jr.LB
38Dakoda Yon5-8181Jr.RB
39Nik Ormsby6-1198Jr.LB
40Taylor Medeiros5-8121So.DB
41Joey Hlinovsky5-8157Jr.DB
42Juan Villa5-8161Jr.K
43Cody Chavez6-0158So.LB
44Sergio Garcia5-8177Jr.LB
45Tony Munoz5-9163So.LB
46Brenden Stodden5-10172Jr.LB
47Matt Otwinowski6-3221Sr.LB
48Devyn Hammons-Flanagan6-1187Jr.DL
49Austin Lowe5-9196So.LB
50Westin Haislet6-1212Sr.OL
51Myles Jageman6-0238Sr.OL
52Tim Walsh6-0251Sr.OL
53Carter Puckett6-0189Jr.OL
55McKirby Montalbo5-11157So.LB
56Joel Uribe5-9160So.OL
57Tyler Nehl5-9189Jr.OL
60Myron Ward5-6207So.DL
62Nick Gragido5-11242Sr.OL
63Mason Anderson5-11212Jr.OL
65Felipe Marcano5-8201So.OL
66Zakary Lane5-7224Sr.DL
67James Kame6-0205Sr.DL
68Michael Irk6-1227Jr.DL
69Tristan Schnick6-2250So.OL
72Jake Thode6-2234So.OL
74Nate Warnock6-4287Sr.OL
75Kyle Simpkins6-4246So.OL
77Joel Hines6-5245Sr.OL
78Kameron Browder6-0273So.DL
80Jovani Villa5-4121So.K
81Jered Ross6-0152So.TE
82Mark Haines6-3203So.TE
83Andy Halaschak5-9134So.TE
84Noah McFarrin6-1201Jr.TE
85Josh Bohling6-3182Jr.TE
86QuaShawn Jenkins6-3181So.TE
87Blake Cornett6-2155So.TE
88Scott Cooper6-4224Jr.TE
89Jordan Fadke5-11146Sr.TE
91Josh Peterson5-10176Jr.DL
92J.J. Sanders6-2247Sr.DL
93Florentino Avila5-10232Sr.DL
94Chris Cernel5-10161Jr.DL
95Hunter Stemmler6-0193Jr.DL
96Vendee Williams5-10174Jr.LB
97Oscar Gomez5-8174So.DL
98Cesar Rosales5-7233So.DL
99Ruben Cuarenta5-9215Jr.DL
70Charlie Mofield6-6222So.OL

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Jim was keeping standings on his chalkboard from the time he could print and keeping kickball stats in grade school at St. Bridget's. He covers all manner of prep sports for The Times and is a long-suffering Chicago Cubs fan.

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