Morenci football wrap-up 11.18.09

Written by David Green.

It wasn’t what Morenci football coach Tom Saylor wanted, but he found a lot to like about the 2009 season.

“I’ve enjoyed my first season here as much as I could,” he said. “It’s been a growing experience for both me and the players.”

Saylor came out of retirement to lead the Bulldogs this year and ended with a 3-6 season.

“I really like the way the kids hung in there,” he said. “We did well without having a big number of players. We were not out of any game except Hudson.”

But the way games kept slipping away proved to a frustrating experience. Missing key players due to training infractions added to the challenge.

Saylor said he put a high priority on conditioning and he thinks it paid off, especially for a team without a lot of depth for substitutions.

Senior Chas Frey led the Bulldogs in scoring with 40 points, just ahead of senior Dustin Roller at 32. Senior Jarrett Keller was tops in yards gained with 665. Frey was next with 221.

Junior Brett Bovee finished with 376 yards in passing, averaging 42 yards a game. Roller and classmate Isaac Jeffers were the leading receivers.

Junior Nick Wilson finished with 34 solo tackles and 24 assists. He notched four sacks.

Wilson and Keller were named to the first team offensive TCC honor squad. Frey was named to the first defensive team.

Frey was also Morenci’s representative to the league sportsmanship team and he was named the Bulldogs’ most valuable player.

Saylor looks forward to the next season that will bring back his interior line, the quarterback and other key positions—including new players from the successful reserve team.

And he certainly looks forward to a better record.

“I’ve gone 3-6 before, but never in Michigan,” he said.

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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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