Union Redskins Team Breakdown – Pigskin Preview 2018 – Presented by Western Sun Federal Credit Union

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Coach: KIRK FRIDRICH

Quick Hits:

Week two opponent Mansfield, TX-Lake Ridge is coming off an impressive 12-2 effort in 2017. The Eagles soared all the way to the Class 5A-Division I quarterfinals where they were eliminated by eventual state champion Highland Park 37-35.

The Redskins defeated Jenks 59-40 in their regularly sheduled meeting, yet did not see the Trojans in a playoff rematch. It marked the first time since 2006 the teams didn’t square off in the post-season.

Union running back Darius Boone Jr. overpowered Broken Arrow in the state semi-finals. Boone ran for 155 yards on 23 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns in the 21-0 win over the Tigers.

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 12-1 

2016 – 12-2 

2015 – 11-3 

2014 – 11-2 

2013 – 11-3 

HS FOOTBALL: SEP 7 Union vs Jenks - Backyard Bowl

OFFENSE 

The Union Redskins finished the 2017 campaign as the state runner-up in the state’s largest classification. For the Redskin nation, runner-up is nice, but winning gold balls is the expectation. Enter the 2018 team featuring a returning quarterback, a great offensive line and a DI running back. 

Peyton Thompson (6-2, 190, Sr.) will lead the Redskins again this season. In 2017 Thompson threw for 2,791 yards and 33 touchdowns. Thompson is a productive quarterback and with another year under his belt, look for Thompson to be one of the top quarterbacks in the state. Darius Boone (5-11, 190, Sr.) is another great tailback coming out of Union this year. Boone rushed for 1,600 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior. Boone is a next level talent and could have a tremendous season running behind this offensive line that features players like Ricky Stromberg (6-4, 315, Sr.), Tanner Fort (6-0, 255, Sr.) and Quintin Barnes (6-0, 270, Sr.). Stromberg, like Boone, is receiving interest from DI schools. Another college prospect is Noah Rauschenberg (6-2, 185, Sr.). Rauschenberg will handle the kicking duties for the Redskins and is one of the top kickers in the state. Adjustments in the passing game is one area the Redskin coaching staff is working on this summer. 

“The passing game will be all new with the offense losing all three wide outs and tight ends. The offense will use the experience of three returning linemen to help with a strong rushing game as the passing game develops with new receivers,” said Fridrich. 

HS FOOTBALL: SEP 7 Union vs Jenks - Backyard Bowl

DEFENSE

For all of the talent on the offensive side of the ball, the defense can match them player for player. Darrias Murdock (6-5, 270, Sr.) will lead an unyielding group up front that also features Isaiah McGuire (6-5, 260, Sr.) at defensive end. The combo of Murdock and McGuire will cause some major problems for opposing offensive lines and quarterbacks. The linebacker corps led by Elijah Tomlin (5-11, 200, Sr.) could be the best in the class. Trae Thompson (6-2, 225, Sr.) and Nick Jones (6-0, 220, Sr.) make a trio of devastating hitters and guys that can pursue from sideline to sideline. The leaders on the defensive side may come from the defensive backs. Cameron Watts (5-10, 175, Sr.) and JT McLoud (5-11, 185, Sr.) bring a high skill level and leadership qualities to the field for Union. 

“Defensively we lose a core group of leadership with several players lost at D-line, linebacker and safety. We expect that leadership will come from the corner position with McLoud and Watts and with the defensive line (Murdock) and linebacker (Tomlin) needing help from several new faces in the front seven,” said Fridrich. 

The Redskins will be tested early with their normal opponents in Broken Arrow and Jenks, but this season they have added Lake Ridge High School from Mansfield, Texas. 

“We look to be challenged early with a tough schedule. We are excited about the progress of several underclassmen in the offseason and look forward to seeing it translate to the field. Many of our two-deep players received quality time last year and that should help with experience as some of them become starters this season,” said coach Fridrich.

 

Schedule:

8-24 – at Broken Arrow

8-31 – vs. Lake Ridge, TX

9-7 – at Jenks

9-14 – OPEN

9-21 – vs. Owasso

9-28 – vs. Mustang

10-5 – at Putnam City North

10-12 – at Moore

10-19 – vs. Norman North

10-26 – vs. Southmoore

11-2 – at Edmond North