Since making three state playoff trips from 2009 to 2011, the Red Bud Musketeers have been on the outside looking in when it comes to the postseason.
“The bar was raised and we haven’t been able to get back to it yet, so we’re all disappointed,” Red Bud coach Dave Lucht said.”We didn’t go completely downhill, we still won three games last year and were able to build on that. Hopefully we can increase that win total this year.”
Lucht and his staff have been impressed by the talent and dedication shown by the 2015 Musketeers.
“We look pretty competitive,” he said. “I like our overall team speed and the attitudes have been really good. They get after it. There’s not a lot of whining, they just do it and they wok really hard. It’s kind of a blue-collar team.”
Red Bud hopes to avoid a continuation of an injury hex that has claimed several starting quarterbacks in recent seasons.
Senior Addison Gunter tore his ACL before the season began a year ago after leading the team in tackles as a sophomore and finishing the season at quarterback.
Sophomore Griffen Ziebold, who was 10-for-25 for 141 yards and two touchdowns in limited duty last year, could also see time at quarterback if Gunter — who ran for 807 yards and eight TDs in 2013 — is used at running back.
Junior running back Ryan Hess returns after missing most of last season with a groin injury.
Logan Kueker (eight catches, 132 yards, one TD) is the top threat at receiver.
Senior Trevor Barbeau (5-9, 185) will handle center and noseguard duties after playing running back last season.
Junior tackle Isaac Luthy joins Barbeau (31 tackles, two sacks) on the defensive line while Gunter and Bobby Biermann (19 tackles, two sacks) are the top linebackers in Red Bud’s 3-5 defense.
Safety Michael Miller (33 tackles) and cornerback Logan Kueker return to anchor the defensive backfield.
— Norm Sanders
Scott City (Mo.)
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