Goshen News, Goshen, IN


November 1, 2012

FRESHMAN FOOTBALL: Redskin frosh celebrate a perfect season

Unblemished 2012 campaign was a turnaround from their 8th grade season

GOSHEN — Mike Biller could see the signs during summer workouts that this year’s Goshen High School freshmen football team could be something special.

He was proven right as the Redskins recently completed an undefeated season, including all seven games in the NLC.

“The kids had a great attitude over the summer,” Biller said. “Every workout we had there were over 30 kids there. From that aspect the kids bought into what we wanted to do.”

Biller is a former Redskin player and has been involved in coaching for the past 29 seasons. This is his 13th season coaching the freshmen.

“I’ve been at the high school for 27 years after spending two at Towncrest Junior High,” he said.

Goshen used to have two junior highs — Towncrest and Whiteman — for grades 7-9.

 During the season, the Redskins defeated Fort Carroll 20-7, Elkhart Central 27-0, Elkhart Memorial 39-16, NorthWood 28-14, Concord 27-26, Warsaw 27-20, Northridge 28-7, Plymouth 20-19 and Wawasee 41-0.

“Winning all our games is a goal every season,” the coach said. “In three of the last five years we have done so in the NLC.”

Goshen outscored its opponents 252-109 this season.

The Redskins went 7-0 in the NLC, followed by Plymouth 6-1, Warsaw 5-2, Concord 4-3, NorthWood 3-4, Wawasee, Northridge and Memorial all 1-6.

The team made a rather remarkable turnaround from their 8th grade campaign.

“They didn’t have a lot of success in middle school,” Biller said. “But they saw the class ahead of them (this year’s sophomores) won only one game in the 8th grade and then went 7-0 in the NLC as freshmen. The kids thought we can do that or better.

“The two classes are pretty close. The kids grew up playing together in JFL and Little League.”

Jim Pickard, Brock Maust and Craig Frazier are assistant coaches for the freshmen.

“I’m so lucky to have them,” Biller said. “Jim is the head wrestling coach and has had a lot of success, Brock is the head boys track coach and has had a lot of success and Craig is the best football coach I have ever worked with.”

Goshen’s offense averaged 292 yards of total offense per game, 227 rushing and 65 passing.

Cam Kline was the leading rusher with 681 yards on 68 carries (10.01 average), followed by Christian Horton 604 on 86 (7.02) and Brandon Scott 597 on 99 (6.03). Kline ran for 12 touchdowns, Horton five and Scott four.

Kline was the quarterback, completing 36-of-66 passes (54.6 percent) for 555 yards and seven TDs. Brady Bechtel was the top receiver with 14 catches for 284 yards and four scores, Scott 10 for 133, Dalton Damron three for 69 and a score and Jesse Rhodes three for 28 and two scores.

“We have good skill kids, but a lot of the credit goes to the offensive line,” Biller said.

Starters in the offensive line were 6-6 (240) Hunter Pearson, 5-9 (190) Rodney Spencer, 6-0 (177) Miguel Navarro, 5-9 (215) Derek Paz, 5-11 (180) Jordan Holley and 5-8 (165) Logan Holdeman.

“The line allowed Kline, Bechtel and Scott to make plays,” the coach said. “The line only allowed two sacks all season.”

Leaders on the defense were Damron 43 solo tackles and nine assists, Bechtel and Horton both 42 and eight, Dave Marshall 32 and 11, Trace Lambert 30 and six, Paz 26 and five, Kline 21 and two, Brenn McKee 15 and four, Corbin Harrison 14 and five Jason Fry 12 and three and Lorenzo Camacho 11 and two.

“Early in the season the offense had problems with turnovers and we relied on the defense,” Biller said. “The offense got things turned around and only had two turnovers over the final six games.”


Text Only
  • Blackhawks Blues Hockey-6 [Duplicate] NHL: Blackhawks try to regain footing without Seabrook CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks felt the repercussions of Brent Seabrook's hit on David Backes again on Sunday. How it affects the rest of their playoff series against the St. Louis Blues remains to be seen. Seabrook was suspended for three games by

    April 20, 2014 3 Photos

  • GN140419 louie stout column mug OUTDOOR COLUMN: A steelhead run bonanza in Michiana Looking for a bright side to this ridiculous winter and spring weather? Look no farther than the St. Joseph River steelhead run. Apparently, this crazy spring weather has been just what the doctor ordered for steelhead anglers. It extended the run an

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • OUTDOOR COLUMN: Grackles: Like'em or leave 'em Seeing a grackle, I read in "Birds of America," is "one of the surer signs that spring is at hand. Surer, that is, than seeing a robin, a red-winged blackbird or a song sparrow. But I saw grackles last month, not long after I saw robins, redwings and

    April 20, 2014

  • GN140420 david vantress column mug THE SKINNY: Spring's arrival welcomed gratefuly GOSHEN Well, hello there, Indiana spring! Better late than never, I suppose. After probably the most brutal winter I have endured since first moving to the Midwest in 1998, spring has finally sprung across the area. Over the course of many years as a

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Broncos Manning Football [Duplicate] NFL: Manning meeting with Saban questioned ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Peyton Manning's never-ending quest to hone his game and Nick Saban's desire to decipher fast-paced offenses led to a recent meeting that the Crimson Tide coach called mutually beneficial. It also might have violated NFL rules be

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wizards Celtics Basketball-3 [Duplicate] [Duplicate] NBA: Resilient Bulls brace for next obstacle: Wizards DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Never mind all they overcame. The only obstacle that matters now for the Chicago Bulls is the one in front of them. The Bulls head into Sunday's playoff opener against the Washington Wizards as one of the hottest teams in the NBA.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140420 bgolf nw glaser IT'S TEE TIME GOSHEN -- Scores at Saturday's Goshen Invitational at Maplecrest Country Club were a bit higher than area prep boys golf coaches like to see them at this early stage of the season. But with the later start to the season due to a long winter, conditi

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • PREP TRACK AND FIELD: Penn the big winner at Cripe Relays MIDDLEBURY -- It was a clean sweep for Penn High School in the "Carmon Cripe" Northridge Relays for boys and girls track on Saturday. Penn took the girls title with 85 1/2 points, followed by Fairfield 51, East Noble 48 1/2, Elkhart Central 41, Conco

    April 19, 2014

  • Blackhawks Blues Hockey-6 [Duplicate] Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in OT, take 2-0 lead ST. LOUIS — Vladimir Tarasenko and St. Louis were in trouble Saturday before a vicious hit by Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook provided an opening for the Blues. That little crack was all St. Louis needed to put another dent in the Blackhawks' bid

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140418 bulls-gibson Improved Gibson proves key for Bulls' success DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Taj Gibson flashed back to the grueling workouts in the searing Southern California heat last summer. There he was with Derrick Rose, running and jumping and trying to take his game to another level for the Chicago Bulls while thei

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo


Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest

There has been discussion at West Goshen Elementary School to require mandatory student uniforms in the future. How do you feel about the prospect of mandatory student uniforms in a public school environment?

I think it’s an excellent idea that is way overdue
I think it’s a bad idea and would be restrictive for students and parents.
     View Results