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Kards must shoulder expectations this year

Kenai Central looks to build on run to semifinals of 2001 small-schools football playoffs

Posted: Friday, August 16, 2002

Last year, the Kenai Central football team caused surprises. This year, the Kardinals will have to look out for them.

"Last year, we hoped we would be good," said Kenai coach Jim Beeson, back for his 13th year at the helm of the Kards. "This year, we're expecting to be successful.

"I think a lot of people will be disappointed if we don't have success."

KENAI KARDINALS

COLORS: Red and black

2001 RECORD: 7-2 (3-1 in the NLC)

HEAD COACH: Jim Beeson (13th year)

ASSISTANTS: Ken Roser, Al Hull, Clayton Holland, Jim Dawson, Jim Montgomery, Rocky Demello.

CAPTAINS: Michael Tunseth, Casey Crowder, Drew Cramer.

2002 VARSITY SCHEDULE

Aug. 10 at Juneau 8 p.m.

Aug. 16 at Seward 6 p.m.

Aug. 24 SERVICE JV 2 p.m.

Aug. 30 ACS 6 p.m.

Sept. 6 at Nikiski 5 p.m.

Sept. 14 SKYVIEW 2 p.m.

Sept. 21 at Homer 3 p.m.

Sept. 28 at Soldotna 2 p.m.

Home games in CAPS

Last year, Beeson faced a number of question marks, especially on defense, where he was looking at starting nine underclassmen.

But everything coalesced nicely when the season started, and Kenai stormed to a 7-1 record in the regular season and then lost in the semifinals of the small-schools playoffs to eventual state champion Nikiski.

The two main reasons for Kenai's success last year were 2002 graduate Dane Myers and senior Cory Janson. Myers was co-Lineman of the Year for the state's small schools, while Janson was an all-state running back.

"We have Cory back, and he was one of the leading rushers in the state last year," said Beeson of Janson, who led the Northern Lights Conference with 1,233 yards on 191 attempts. "The big question is our offensive line.

"We lost Dane, and I don't think any one person is going to replace him. It's going to have to be a combination of everyone stepping up and getting better."

 

Kenai Central Junior Varsity

Freshmen: Tony Bannock, Ryan Chapman, Tyler Chappell, Curtis Lorenzen, Brandon Miles, Lane Koester, Cael Askin, Chris Bates, Chris Desormeaux, Les Krusen, Clint Keener, Isaia Faumui, Steven Fisher, Austin McLeod, Luke Oliver, Marcus Mena, Andrew Gourley. Sophomores: Ronnie Rainey, Cory Whiteley, Josh Bennett, Rocky Ward, Avery Wingster, Chris Trammell, Kevin King, Robert Van Heck, Zach Demello, JB Swan, Thomas Hispshman, Shawn Isaacs, Chris Logan, Robert Hering. Juniors: Randy Blezard, TJ Olick, Danny Autrey, John Morris, Elliot Hampton.

Not only does Janson return in the backfield, but senior quarterback Michael Tunseth and sophomore fullback Dakota Craig are back as well.

Beeson would like to use the experience of Tunseth and Craig to mix up the offense a bit more, but he still knows who his bread and butter player is.

"It will still be Cory touching the ball 20 to 30 times a game," Beeson said. "Any time he touches the football, he has a chance to score a touchdown.

"He's got the one thing you can't coach and that's speed."

Janson played wide receiver as a freshman, and Beeson wouldn't mind, at times, getting him the ball via the pass rather than the handoff.

"(Tunseth) makes up for what he lacks in size," Beeson said. "He's a good leader, and he makes good decisions throwing the ball.

"We should pass better this year, and that could make us an ever better running team."

Tunseth's targets at receiver include senior Tyson Jolliffe, juniors Jacob Madrid and TJ Hancock and sophomore Marcus Reemtsma. Beeson likes those receivers because they not only catch, but also make something happen after the catch.

"Skill position-wise, we are as good as I can remember in the last six or seven years," Beeson said.

On the offensive line, Beeson will look to seniors Casey Crowder and Drew Cramer to lead. Crowder was first-team all-Northern Lights Conference last year.

Also on the line will be senior Jason Brown, junior Tyler Morris and sophomore Michael Scheffert.

"The kids on the offensive line are all quality, good kids," Beeson said. "Given time, I think if they come together they'll be a decent group of football players."

Kenai's defense will be a mirror of its offense. If the defensive line holds up, the talented crew of linebackers and backfield members should have no problem making tackles.

Cramer and Craig will play inside linebacker, while Scheffert and Madrid will work at outside linebacker. In the secondary will be Jolliffe, Hancock and Janson, who also was all-state at defensive back last season.

"My skill position players should be good again on defense," Beeson said. "Out of those seven, six started last year.

"Again, it will be up to the line to keep blockers off the skill positions so they can make plays."

On the line, Beeson is hoping for big things from Papapa Nicholas, who he calls a physical specimen. Nicholas set Kenai Peninsula Borough Middle School records in the shot put and discus last year, then won the hurdles at the borough meet to boot.

"He's a 14-year-old with the body of a 20-year-old," Beeson said.

Also on the defensive line will be Crowder, Brown and sophomore Sonny Nelson.

"It's as good as I've felt about the kids we're coming to play with in a long time," Beeson said. "We have the talent and the ability to compete with anybody we have on our schedule.

"That's based on everybody we have back. What happens on the field is a different story."

Last year, Kenai learned that as much as anybody.

HEAD:Kenai Central looks to build on run to semifinals of 2001 small-schools state football playoffs

HEAD:Kards must shoulder expectations this year

KENAI KARDINALS

COLORS: Red and black

2001 RECORD: 7-2 (3-1 in the NLC)

HEAD COACH: Jim Beeson (13th year)

ASSISTANTS: Ken Roser, Al Hull, Clayton Holland, Jim Dawson, Jim Montgomery, Rocky Demello.

CAPTAINS: Michael Tunseth, Casey Crowder, Drew Cramer.

2002 VARSITY SCHEDULE

Aug. 10 at Juneau 8 p.m.

Aug. 16 at Seward 6 p.m.

Aug. 24 SERVICE JV 2 p.m.

Aug. 30 ACS 6 p.m.

Sept. 6 at Nikiski 5 p.m.

Sept. 14 SKYVIEW 2 p.m.

Sept. 21 at Homer 3 p.m.

Sept. 28 at Soldotna 2 p.m.

Home games in CAPS

BYLINE1:By JEFF HELMINIAK

BYLINE2:Peninsula Clarion

Last year, the Kenai Central football team caused surprises. This year, the Kardinals will have to look out for them.

"Last year, we hoped we would be good," said Kenai coach Jim Beeson, back for his 13th year at the helm of the Kards. "This year, we're expecting to be successful.

"I think a lot of people will be disappointed if we don't have success."

Last year, Beeson faced a number of question marks, especially on defense, where he was looking at starting nine underclassmen.

But everything coalesced nicely when the season started, and Kenai stormed to a 7-1 record in the regular season and then lost in the semifinals of the small-schools playoffs to eventual state champion Nikiski.

The two main reasons for Kenai's success last year were 2002 graduate Dane Myers and senior Cory Janson. Myers was co-Lineman of the Year for the state's small schools, while Janson was an all-state running back.

"We have Cory back, and he was one of the leading rushers in the state last year," said Beeson of Janson, who led the Northern Lights Conference with 1,233 yards on 191 attempts. "The big question is our offensive line.

"We lost Dane, and I don't think any one person is going to replace him. It's going to have to be a combination of everyone stepping up and getting better."

Not only does Janson return in the backfield, but senior quarterback Michael Tunseth and sophomore fullback Dakota Craig are back as well.

Beeson would like to use the experience of Tunseth and Craig to mix up the offense a bit more, but he still knows who his bread and butter player is.

"It will still be Cory touching the ball 20 to 30 times a game," Beeson said. "Any time he touches the football, he has a chance to score a touchdown.

"He's got the one thing you can't coach and that's speed."

Janson played wide receiver as a freshman, and Beeson wouldn't mind, at times, getting him the ball via the pass rather than the handoff.

"(Tunseth) makes up for what he lacks in size," Beeson said. "He's a good leader, and he makes good decisions throwing the ball.

"We should pass better this year, and that could make us an ever better running team."

Tunseth's targets at receiver include senior Tyson Jolliffe, juniors Jacob Madrid and TJ Hancock and sophomore Marcus Reemtsma. Beeson likes those receivers because they not only catch, but also make something happen after the catch.

"Skill position-wise, we are as good as I can remember in the last six or seven years," Beeson said.

On the offensive line, Beeson will look to seniors Casey Crowder and Drew Cramer to lead. Crowder was first-team all-Northern Lights Conference last year.

Also on the line will be senior Jason Brown, junior Tyler Morris and sophomore Michael Scheffert.

"The kids on the offensive line are all quality, good kids," Beeson said. "Given time, I think if they come together they'll be a decent group of football players."

Kenai's defense will be a mirror of its offense. If the defensive line holds up, the talented crew of linebackers and backfield members should have no problem making tackles.

Cramer and Craig will play inside linebacker, while Scheffert and Madrid will work at outside linebacker. In the secondary will be Jolliffe, Hancock and Janson, who also was all-state at defensive back last season.

"My skill position players should be good again on defense," Beeson said. "Out of those seven, six started last year.

"Again, it will be up to the line to keep blockers off the skill positions so they can make plays."

On the line, Beeson is hoping for big things from Papapa Nicholas, who he calls a physical specimen. Nicholas set Kenai Peninsula Borough Middle School records in the shot put and discus last year, then won the hurdles at the borough meet to boot.

"He's a 14-year-old with the body of a 20-year-old," Beeson said.

Also on the defensive line will be Crowder, Brown and sophomore Sonny Nelson.

"It's as good as I've felt about the kids we're coming to play with in a long time," Beeson said. "We have the talent and the ability to compete with anybody we have on our schedule.

"That's based on everybody we have back. What happens on the field is a different story."

Last year, Kenai learned that as much as anybody.



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