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.

  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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