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August 22, 2013

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Goshen looks for major improvement in 2013

GOSHEN — Winning football seasons have been hard to come by for Goshen High School in recent years.    

The last time a Goshen gridiron squad posted more victories than defeats was 2007, when the Redskins were 8-4 and advanced to the sectional finals before falling to Penn.    

After a 4-7 mark in 2011 – head coach Mike Cheviron’s first season, which included a thrilling 21-20 overtime home win over LaPorte in the sectional quarterfinals – Goshen took a bit of a step back in 2012, with a 2-8 record and a first-round sectional loss to South Bend Adams.   

As Cheviron begins his third season, he finds much to be encouraged about.    

One of those encouraging signs, Cheviron said prior to a practice session last week, is the participation and dedication shown by players in offseason workouts.    

Cheviron said one key to success for the Redskins is how much the players take ownership in their program.    

“We need to have a complete ‘buy-in’ as a team,” Cheviron said.    

Among a number of areas the Redskins need to improve on, one is most basic: Goshen simply must score more points and give up less. Goshen scored just 91 points in 2012 – an anemic average of 9.1 ppg. One of the Redskins’ two victories was a 2-0 win on the road at Elkhart Memorial – those two points coming via a safety. Goshen’s highest offensive output of the season came in a 21-3 win over Northridge.    

Junior quarterback Derek DeMeyer (6-0, 185) returns to lead Cheviron’s multiple offense after starting all season as a sophomore in 2012. DeMeyer completed 75-of-207 passes for 900 yards with five TDs last season.

But DeMeyer also threw 18 interceptions, and Cheviron will be looking for DeMeyer to cut down on that number significantly this season.    

So far, so good, Cheviron said.    

“Derek has worked hard,” Cheviron said. “He’s going to be a leader for us.”    

Just four offensive starters are back. In addition to DeMeyer, those are senior running back Evan Smith (5-11, 185, 27 carries for 134 yards in 2012); senior running back John Trenshaw (5-10, 185); senior offensive tackle Mitchell Watts (6-3, 287); and senior offensive tackle George Palos (6-2, 308). Palos was an honorable mention All-NLC selection last season.    

Conversely, Goshen gave up 24.9 ppg. The Redskin defense surrendered 115 passing and 148 rushing yards a game last season.    

If Cheviron’s team is to improve on defense in 2013, it will have to do so with new, inexperienced players: Just three starters return on that side of the ball: Senior defensive end Austin Weirich (6-3, 210); defensive tackle  Palos  and senior defensive back Chase Goodman (6-0, 180).    

Weirich had 15 solo tackles, 35 assists and four sacks last season.  Goodman had eight tackles 13 assists and a fumble recovery.    

Other players vying for playing time on defense include senior defensive tackle Mitchell Watts (6-3, 287), who also sees double duty on the offensive line; senior linebacker John Trenshaw (5-10, 185, three solo tackles in 2012); junior linebacker Jersey Mondragon (5-6, 195); senior defensive back Adam Murillo (5-8, 190) and senior defensive back Jamie Graves (5-10, 175).    

The Redskins open the 2013 season Friday night on the road at Fort Wayne Carroll.

Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m

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