Tecumseh Savages Team Breakdown – Pigskin Preview 2018 – Presented by Citizen Potawatomi Nation

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Coach: TY BULLOCK

Quick Hits:

Ada drops off the schedule for the first time in six years. The Savages haven’t beaten the Cougars since 2005, losing six in a row in the series.

The Savages ended a five game losing streak to rival McLoud with a 48-22 blasting of the Redskins on September 15th.

Tecumseh faces Seminole on September 7th. The Chieftains have won seven straight games between the teams.

Last 5 Years:

2017- 4-6

2016- 1-9

2015- 2-8

2014- 2-8

2013- 2-8

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OFFENSE

The Savages recorded their best record in recent history in 2017 and coach Ty Bullock hopes that trend can continue. But to do so he’ll have to replace several skill positions. That search begins at quarterback where Wil Hilton (5-10, 160, Jr.) will battle for the signal calling job. He did have some experience in a clean-up role behind Braden James last year. The same goes for Micah Boyce (5-9, 180, Sr.) at the running back position. An explosive athlete, Boyce also qualified for state in powerlifting. A pair of physical athletes return to anchor the offensive line in Caeden Shirey (6-2, 270, Sr.) and Jackson Phelps (6-0, 315, Jr.) at center. The Savages will welcome back guard Coby Conway (6-2, 290, Sr.) who missed most of last season with an ACL injury. Dylan Morris (5-10, 160, Sr.) will be the go-to guy at receiver having played most of last season while Cody Rackley figures to get the call at tight end.

“We’ll lean heavily on our O-line to kick start our run game and protect the passer,” said Bullock.

DEFENSE

As with the offense, the line figures to be the key to success for the Savages on defense. Returning starters include defensive end Tyler Bingham (6-0, 185, Sr.) who had 48 tackles last year and was also a state wrestling qualifier and Caleb Kelsey (6-0, 205, Sr.) at linebacker where he had 36 tackles along with Gage Boatman (5-10, 165, Jr.) who Bullock calls the smartest guy on the field. Also, back are Ed Carey (6-3, 225, Sr.) playing in only his second year of football and Lucas Batson (6-2, 305, Sr.) at a down lineman spot. Rackley, who became a starter mid-way through last year, will return in the secondary. Also expected to see action for Tecumseh will be Bryce Welch, Caleb Jones and Alec Shovanec.

“As a team, we must control what we can control and not beat ourselves. We must continue to build on the foundation we laid down last year,” said Bullock.

Schedule:

8-31 – vs. Bethel

9-7 – vs. Seminole

9-14 – at Bridge Creek

9-21 – vs. Tuttle

9-28 – at Cushing

10-5 – vs. Blanchard

10-12 – at Harrah

10-18 – vs. Bethany

10-26 – at McLoud

11-2 – at Madill