CEDARVILLE – The 2011 football season will mark the beginning of a new era for the Cedarville Trojans. This statement usually marks a coaching change, but that’s not the case here as Scott Barr remains at the helm for his fourth season as the head coach.
The chance is in the numbers, which have forced Cedarville to join the likes of Brimley and Engadine in our area and go to eight-man football.
The Trojans could have played eight-man last year, and in fact, played a couple of eight-man scrimmages, but Barr was reluctant to make the change as long as the numbers allowed him to field an 11-man team. His view has changed now, and after a recent scrimmage, Barr seems to have warmed up to the idea.
“One we got going you realize it’s still football,” Barr said. “Tendencies are the same, hits are just as hard. Defensive lines of two and three people still throw me off a little, but it’s exciting and it’s football.”
Barr is hoping his team will be exciting as well. It is a young squad, with just one senior, quarterback Matt Hill. Hill has the benefit however of some very talented juniors around him.
The backfield will sport DeTour native Kaden Barbeaux and fullback Todd Heck. Sophomore Dillon McDonald will also get carries out of the Trojan backfield. Hill will also have a couple solid targets to throw to in ends Bobby Krakowski and Keith Bouschor, both juniors.
Barr’s biggest concern thus far is just getting the team to come together with just the one senior and a lot of newcomers.
“We’re taking a team that is nearly all juniors and new to the varsity and getting them to hit on all cylinders,” Barr said. “We are trying to get the kids familiar with the coaching staff and with each other.”
Barr has been pleased so far with the way the team is coming together, and is even more pleased with what he has been blessed with in abundance – team speed.
“We’re fast,” Barr said simply. “Which is good for eight-man. We can run the ball on offense and run to it defensively. We have a pretty athletic team and I think that’s really going to help us.”
Barr has minimized any talk of an adjustment period in moving to eight-man football and has made an effort to keep his routines and drills the same.
“We haven’t changed anything in practice,” he said. “We run the same drills and go at the same speed. We weren’t suiting up very many players during our last couple playoff runs, so in that regard, there hasn’t been any change at all.”
When asked if there was one thing the Trojans must do to be successful this season, he spoke of a common theme among all area coaches.
“We have to stay healthy,” he said. “We have a good JV program and we don’t want to steal from them if we don’t have to.”
Cedarville Trojans 2011 Varsity Football Roster
Matt Hill, Sr.
Todd Hecht, Jr.
Kaden Barbeaux, Jr.
Gabe Miller, Jr.
Derek Griffin, Jr.
Jason West, Jr.
John Koster, Jr.
Dylan Badour, Jr.
Patrick Weaver, Jr.
Bob Krakowski, Jr.
Keith Bouschor, Jr.
Aug. 26 at Posen 7 p.m.
Sept. 2 Traverse City Christian 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 Brimley (at DeTour) 7 p.m.
Sept. 17 at Engadine 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 Superior Central 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 Rapid River 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 at Ewen-Trout Creek 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 Bellaire 7 p.m.
Oct. 21 at Rock-Mid Peninsula
2010 Results (7-3)
Brimley won 58-0
Powers-North Central won 39-12
Sault Ste. Marie Korah Collegiate Ont. won 43-0
Rapid River won 39-0
St. Ignace lost 12-7
at Iron Mountain North Dickinson lost 54-22
at Pickford won 21-18
Bark River Harris won 41-6
at Central Lake won 25-7
Mio lost 57-18
About the writer: Scott graduated from Roscommon High School in 1987 and has studied at both Mid Michigan Community College and at Central Michigan University. He moved to the Sault in 1999 and quickly became involved in the local sports scene, taking a job at The Evening News, where he worked for nearly 10 years.
Scott is also very active as a coach in the area. He currently coaches the Sault boy’s freshman basketball team as well as the fifth and sixth grade girl’s basketball teams at Bahweting along with the middle school girl’s squad. Prior to that, Scott coached the Brimley girl’s JV basketball team and the varsity softball team for the Bays.
Scott and his wife Kelly manage to stay extremely busy with five kids and spend most nights in gyms or on the sidelines of one football field or another.
In those extremely rare moments of free time, Scott can be found reading a book or attending a Tiger game with his wife. He is currently employed at Kinross Correctional Facility where he works midnights as a Corrections Officer.