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June 11, 2014

2014 Hinton Team Preview

FREE!  The excitement level is getting higher and higher for the 2014 football season. Iowa Preps continues our team previews and takes an in-depth look at Hinton in this article. See who they have returning and what our thoughts are on the team now!

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Head coaches: Steve Diediker/Bruce Held
Class: 1A
District/Conference: 2
Assistant Coaches: Joel Small (QB-RB and Special Teams), Cale Kramer (DB and RB), Jason Vande Hoef (WR and Kicking Coach), Adam Teut (OL and DL), and Dan Sitzmann (volunteer)
2013 Record: 8-3
2014 breakdown: Overview | Top Returnees | Newcomers

Overview

Over the last few seasons, Hinton has continued to make a name for themselves on the gridiron. That success continued in 2013 as they battled through graduation and still had a lot of success during an 8-3 run overall. A big challenge is ahead of this group as they make the move up to the 1A level and have a tough district schedule. Losing some of their best playmakers on the offense side of the football are a concern but it is a challenge for Logan Jurgensmeier, Eric Brown, and a number of others to make their impact early in the year. Their defense, which held opponents to eighteen points per game in all eight of their victories, hopes to be ready for the challenge in 2014. Jurgensmeier, Colton Schau, Burke Prins, and Truman Schmitt are just a few of their athletes ready to make an impact early on.

Top Returning Players

Logan Jurgensmeier: Senior 6'4" 225 TE-OLB Logan will be a 3 year starter for us this fall, and played some as a freshman, too. He is a big, athletic kid who has good hands and can run. He has moved around on offense from running back to tight end, and we played him at split end some last year too. He caught 17 balls for 337 yards last year and 4 TD's. He is a returning first team all-district performer at tight end. Defensively, he has manned our OLB position for 2 years now, which is our toughest position to play. He should have a monster year at that position this year. There is no substitute for experience at that spot. He recorded 22 solo and 27 assisted tackles last year, 1 fumble recovery and 2 blocked kicks. He will have to have a big year for us to be successful.

Colton Schau: Senior 6'3" 175 WR-S Colten played most of last year after having the tip of his finger ripped off in an early season game. He managed the injury well, and played some excellent football for us. He is a dangerous wide receiver with excellent size and speed, and he is athletic enough to high-point a football in the air when catching it. In limited action at WR, he caught 11 balls for 140 yards and 3 TD's. He will have a break-out year for us on offense. Defensively, he played safety for us. He intercepted 3 passes last year, and returned one 35 yards. He had 13 solo and 10 assisted tackles. He is one of our senior leaders who comes every day to play. He is a great kid to coach.

Eric Brown: Senior 6'3" 185 RB-CB Eric is our most naturally gifted player. His athletic ability tests go off the charts. He was a first team all-district player last year at corner back. He recorded 3 interceptions and returned one 64 yards for a TD. He had 24 solo and 18 assisted tackles last year. He is a dangerous return man, who returned 12 kick-offs for 229 yards (19.1 ave.), and 7 punts for 225 yards (32.1 ave) and 2 TD's, which is a school record. His 85 yard punt return against Sibley-Ocheyedan is also a school record. Offensively, he carried the ball 46 times for 250 yards (5.4 ave) and 4 TD's. He caught 2 passes for 38 yards. He is an all-around threat to score every time he touches the ball. His 40 time was 4.7 last August. He is also an avid weight lifter, and possesses great strength. We expect him to be an excellent player in all phases of the game this fall.

Skyler Beller Junior 6'2" 190 WR-QB-LB Last season was Skyler's first attempt at football. He is an excellent hockey player for the Metro's team, and decided to give football a try. What we got was a tremendous athlete with great speed and a nose for the ball. As the season went on, he became a bigger and bigger part of our team. He has big-play potential every time he touches it. He can play quarterback, runningback, or wide receiver on offense, and we plan to use him that way. He has a natural ability to avoid tacklers when running the ball, and throws better than average. He will be a big part of our plans for the fall. He rushed for 51 yards on 14 carries last fall (3.6 ave) and was 2 of 4 passing for 93 yards (46.5 ave) and 1 TD. He caught 2 passes for 96 yards (48 ave) and 1 TD. Defensively he will play OLB or DB. He did have one interception and 8 solo, 4 assisted tackles, and 1 sack in very limited time on defense. He still has a lot to learn on the defensive side of the ball.

Burke Prins Junior 6'4" 230 OT-DE Burke played every snap at left tackle for us as a sophomore last season. He is big, with long arms and good technique, for being so young. He is an excellent pass blocker and is working on becoming an excellent run blocker as well. He has high aspirations and wants to get to the next level. He is a tireless worker in the weight room, and participates in sports year round to improve his overall athletic ability. I'm sure he will play defense for us this year also. He is a project that could be special someday, if he keeps growing and improving himself, athletically. He did make the honorable mention list as a sophomore, so other coaches have noticed him. He will be our left tackle the next two seasons for sure on offense. Plans to get to all the big camps this summer to see what interest is out there.

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Terrill Henrich Junior 6'2" 170 WR-DB Terrill was first team all-district punter last year as a sophomore. This was his first varsity season as our punter, and he had a good one. He punted 41 times for an ave. of 34.1 yards per punt. He also executed several fake punts that were all successful. He is an ex-quarterback, so he can throw and run. This makes him a threat every time we drop back to punt. He will also be one of our go-to guys at wide receiver this year. In a back-up role last year, he caught13 passes for 288 yards and 2 TD's (22.2 ave). He also rushed for 187 yards on 23 carries (8.1 ave) and 1 TD. He is a very elusive runner after he gets the ball in his hands, and has great speed. His hands are better than average, so we like to use him on the outside. He will be used much more on defense this fall, somewhere in the defensive backfield. He is not a great hitter yet, which has limited his snaps on defense in the past. He will have a great year for us this fall!

Logan Held Junior 5'11" 165 OG-LB Logan started several games for us last year on the offensive line as a sophomore. He is not a very big kid, but he is far and away our strongest player. He is an avid lifter who works as hard as anyone we've had before to improve himself. He will fill a very important role when we put our new offensive line together this fall. He is a very aggressive kid who likes contact. He learned a lot last year and should put that experience to good use this fall. His heart is as big as his body, so we have a lot of faith in him. We hope to use him on defense as well this season. He has played a couple years of JV ball on defense, so he should be ready to step up to the next level at that MLB spot.

Joel Kirwan Junior 6'0" 210 FB-LB Joel alternated with Truman Schmitt at that OLB spot last year. He finished with 17 solo and 19 assisted tackles and 4 sacks and one fumble recovery. He is a tough kid who plays hard. He has tacked on some weight this winter, and will be a real force for us on both offense and defense. From his starting fullback position, he rushed 35 times for 185 yards (5.3 ave) and 5 TD's.

Truman Schmitt Junior 6'2" 175 TE-OLB Truman started half the games at OLB last year on defense for us. He had 1 interception and 32 solo and 37 assisted tackles, with 4 sacks. He will be counted on to solidify our LB group this fall. He is a very intelligent player who is in the right place at the right time. If he gets stronger this spring and summer, he could be an impact player. He is also a candidate to take over our TE spot on offense.

Comments

This team will be a work in progress. We have several skill kids that return from a solid 8-3 team that will play key roles for us. We return 4 starters on offense and 4 on defense, so the cupboard is not bare. This is our second year in a row of breaking in a new QB, which is always a challenge. We feel that we have the kids to run and catch the ball, so our passing game looks like a strength, if we get adequate QB play. Our offensive line will need to be re-built, and that is our main concern on offense. We do not have great size to rely on, so we will have to have great technique and play with a lot of heart. Defensively, we feel that our defensive backfield could be our strength, as we return several key players who played a lot last year. Our linebacking corp will need to grow up fast, as we lost our two leading tacklers from this group. We do return an all-district punter, but we will need to develop a kicking specialist. We have many question marks, but our kids will rise to the challenge and compete each week.


Preseason All State Teams
Elite, Third Team Defense - 6/10
Junior, Third Team Defense
4A, Third Team Defense
3A, Third Team Defense - 6/14
2A, Third Team Defense
1A, Third Team Defense - 6/13
A, Third Team Defense
8-Man, Third Team Defense - 6/15

Complete District Previews
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A, District 1 - 6/14
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Hinton - 6/11
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Ogden - 6/10
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West Delaware - 6/9

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