Numbers a strength for Archbold football


By Max Householder - [email protected]



The Archbold Blue Streaks will look to an experienced roster to help them have success in 2016.

The Archbold Blue Streaks will look to an experienced roster to help them have success in 2016.


Max Householder | Fulton County Expositor

Archbold has a bevy of returning letter winners back.


Max Householder | Fulton County Expositor

Archbold football is glad to put last season behind them. From having their head coach resign just weeks before the start of the season, to finishing just below .500 at 4-6 under interim coach David Dominique, the Blue Streaks are excited to put last year in the rear-view mirror.

While last year was a struggle at times, it did not deter players from coming out for the team.

“One of our main strengths this season will be returning a large core of experienced players (back) from last year,” said Dominique, who is now the permanent head coach. “We will be returning 21 total letter winners, and 16 of those players were starters for us. On the offensive side of the ball, we return four starters on the offensive line, a QB, a RB, and two wide receivers.

“On defense we return three defensive linemen, two linebackers, two safeties, and one cornerback. We will rely on this experience to lead us through the tough non-league and NWOAL games we have scheduled.”

Returning for the Streaks are three honorable mention all-league performers in Austin Wilson, Nic Rodriguez and Ben Zimmerman.

Wilson had 77 tackles in 2015, Rodriguez had 124 receiving yards and 19 tackles, and Zimmerman notched 62 tackles for the Blue Streak defense.

Also back are Elijah Esquibel, Isaiah Esquibel (126 receiving yards), Camden Warncke (41 tackles), Elijah Alvarado (57 tackles), Toby Walker (147 receiving yards, 34 tackles), Sam Petersen (105 receiving yards, 256 rushing yards, 38 tackles), Gabe Petersen (814 passing yards, 104 rushing yards), Logan Roth (33 tackles), Cash Gericke, Gavin Grime (33 tackles), Osvaldo Orduno, Dylan Miller, Camden Miller, Andrew Beck and Holden Galvan (38 tackles).

“A weakness that stands out for this year’s team will be our lack of size,” noted Dominique. “We do not have an abundance of size up front, so we will rely on our speed and quickness to overcome this weakness. Also, we must replace a very good kicker in Seth Mayer (off last year’s team) who was always a weapon on special teams.”

Mayer was first team all-league from his wide receiver position, and second team all-league as both a defensive back and place-kicker. On offense he caught 38 passes for 574 yards and five touchdowns, while defensively he had 100 tackles.

Also gone is Derek Walker who tallied 360 rushing yards, 132 receiving yards, and six TDs last season. Other letter winners that departed were Garrett Grime (21 tackles), Mitchell Hogrefe (46 tackles), and Isaac Petersen (66 tackles).

The Streaks and coach Dominique are hoping their experience will help them compete in what looks to be a tough NWOAL slate this season.

“This season, I expect the NWOAL to be very competitive from top to bottom,” he said. “In order for us to compete for the league title, we will rely on our core of returning players and we must avoid key injuries. Although we will be undersized, we will rely on our strength, quickness, and playing disciplined football in order to find ourselves on top each week. We are very excited for the group we have coming back, but we must play tough up front in order to compete for a top spot in the NWOAL.

“The league will be balanced across the board this year and I expect each week to be a battle.”

Dominique said that he expected Liberty Center, Swanton and Wauseon to be picked near the top of the league and he was right. However, outside of those three, he listed Delta, Patrick Henry and his own team as teams that could also challenge for the title.

The Streaks begin the season Friday when they host Hicksville.

The Archbold Blue Streaks will look to an experienced roster to help them have success in 2016.
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Archbold has a bevy of returning letter winners back.
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By Max Householder

[email protected]

Max Householder can be reached at 419-335-2010

Max Householder can be reached at 419-335-2010