Genesee High School
Conference: 1AD1 Whitepine League
Classification: 1A D1
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Head Coach: Tim Sperber
Years as Head Coach: 1st Year
Previous Experience: 2 yrs Head Coach at Lapwai, 10 yrs Head Coach at Colton, WA
Record Last Year: 4-5
State Titles: 2005
Kyle Moser, QB/LB, Sr.
Garrett Borth, RB/DB, Sr.
Jake Demeerrler, WR/LB, Sr.
Cole Allen, OL/DL, Jr.
Coy Stout, OL/DL, Jr.
Eddie Becker, WR/LB, Jr.
Hayden Woods, OL/DL, Jr.
Returning Players with Honors:
2nd Team- Kyle Moser, RB
Cole Allen, OL
Eddie Becker, LB
Key Players lost from last year:
Photo By: Jason Duchow - #12 Garrett Borth
Incoming impact players:
Kolby Moser, QB/LB, So.
Dillon Sperber, OL/DL, Fr.
Written by: Brandon McIntosh
The 2015 campaign ended for the Genesee Bulldogs in the first round of the playoffs after being defeated by Notus. That wrapped up a 4-5 season for the extremely young squad.
Graduating only one player, Carson Parkins, who was a very energetic, tough leader, first year Bulldog coach, Tim Sperber, is looking forward to a great season with what he refers to as “a great bunch of young men and football players”. Coach Sperber is no slouch to coaching or to the Whitepine League. He has 12 years of coaching high school football, including 2 years as the head man at Lapwai in the mid-90s and 10 more across the border in Colton, WA. He is taking over a program that hasn’t missed the postseason since 2011 and has one State title to its credit back in 2005.
The bulldogs return 14 of 16 starting positions from last season. Include in this group are Kyle Moser who began the season as the quarterback, but was moved to running back and was named to the 2nd Team All-League at the position, as well as being named to an honorable mention at the linebacker position. Kyle will be returning under center as the play caller for this season’s Bulldog team and will backed up by his younger brother, Kolby Moser, both of who Coach Sperber believe will contribute positively for the squad.
“Kyle Moser is an outstanding, hardworking young man that I have a ton of respect for and absolutely love coaching,” beams first year coach Tim Sperber about Kyle and spoke on his ability to slide from one position to another to help his team out in any way possible.
The Moser brothers will have comfort with a solid offensive line set to protect them in the passing game and open those running lanes in the run game. Two members of that offensive line received honors a year ago, Cole Allen (2nd Team) and Hayden Woods will only be entering their junior season. Fitting in between the two guards will be a very athletic and smart 200 lb. freshman in Dillon Sperber. The center must be able to not only snap the ball properly and provide protection and open holes, he must also make calls based on the opposing defense.
“He has done a great job fitting in with the offense and has been holding his own,” Coach Tim Sperber on Dillon. “He has much to learn, but every day is growing, getting better, and helping to make his teammates better.”
With the plan of having a balanced offense, Moser will be handing the ball off the thunder and lightning this year. Coy Stout (thunder), received honorable mention recognition as a lineman last year, will be adjusting to the backfield and joins Garrett Borth (lightning) with his speed in the open field. Moser will be targeting Eddie Becker and Jake DeMeerrleer who look to make plays and move the chains.
Four members of the defense received honors last season, defensive back Borth (Honorable Mention), defensive lineman Cole Allen (Honorable Mention), and two linebackers, Eddie Becker (2nd Team) and Kyle Moser (Honorable Mention). The defense is a year more experienced and look to build on holding down the very powerful Whitepine League. Last season, the Bulldogs gave up 35 or more points in five of their games.
“We have a group of 15-16 players that could see a significant amount of playing time. They are very skilled and athletic,” states Sperber about the depth of his roster this season. Depth is extremely important given that injuries can make or break a season. Having that much depth, especially at the 8-man level could play out to be extremely important in staying fresh late in close games.
The Whitepine Leagues is so tough that the Bulldogs are only looking to take it one game at a time. Facing a tough schedule, taking it one game at a time is the best approach for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs and their first year coach open up play on the road at Kendrick, a team who looks to be a tough out at the 1A D2 level. Week 2 doesn’t get much easier. The Bulldogs travel to State runner-up Prairie. Their home opener will be Sept. 9 against another 1A D2 solid football team and State runner-up in the Deary Mustangs. Following the bye week, the Bulldogs are on the road at rival Troy and host newcomer Wallace. Late in the season, the Bulldogs have back-to-back road trips to take on two playoff teams from a year ago in Lapwai and Kamiah.
The Bulldogs may have finished with a sub-.500 win percentage a year ago and the schedule is tough, but look out for the Bulldog Nation as they will be out in full force this season prepared to make a deep run into the playoffs.