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Mid-Michigan football preview: Perry Ramblers

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1:00 AM, Aug. 28, 2013 EDT

Perry quarterback Dakota Hart (7) hands off to Kenny Polhemus (24) behind blockers that included Cody Proudfoot (50) and Braden Finch (23).

FOURCAST

HOME COOKING: Perry will play six of its nine games at home. Having the extra support from the crowd will be necessary, as the team plays an extremely tough schedule. Four teams from the conference made the postseason last year, and it will take a lot for the Ramblers to finish near the top of the league this year. The team's record after its first five games (all of which are at home) should determine if the postseason is a possibility.

BATTLE TESTED: The Ramblers have 14 starters back from 2012. It's a balanced group, too, as they will have seven returnees on each side of the ball. A terrific senior class gives coach Rob Porritt his best team in his three seasons at Perry. Having so many players back should help the team build on its respectable 4-5 record from last season.

IN THE TRENCHES: The team's strength will be along the offensive and defensive lines. The duo of Alex and Cody Proudfoot will lock down the offensive guard and defensive tackle positions. Meanwhile, returning tackle Jebidiah Spencer might have been the team's best offensive lineman by the end of the 2012 season. With those three on the line, Perry should have time to pass and to find room for the running game.

HART AND SOUL: No player is more important to Perry's success than senior Dakota Hart. The quarterback threw for 1,000 yards and rushed for 315 in 2012. This season he'll also be playing outside linebacker on defense, where he projects as the team's best player on that side of the ball. He's the guy to keep an eye on to make big plays for the Ramblers.

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SCHEDULE

Thu. 8/29 ...LAINGSBURG

Fri. 9/6 ...*GOODRICH

Fri. 9/13 ...LESLIE

Fri. 9/20 ...*FLINT BEECHER

Fri. 9/27 ...*MOUNT MORRIS JOHNSON

Fri. 10/4 ...*at Durand

Fri. 10/11 ...*at Lake Fenton

Fri. 10/18 ...*MONTROSE HILL-MCCLOY

Fri. 10/25 ...at Ovid-Elsie

COACH: Rob Porritt

* Age: 45

* Playing experience: Haslett 1983-84, Albion College 1985-89

* Coaching experience: Perry 2011-present

* Career record: 6-12

* Full-time job: Haslett High English teacher

* Assistant coaches: Mitch McManus, Tim Beebe, Patrick Dunn, Chad Curtis, Jeff Bott, Kirt Wilson, Nick King, A.J. Rahar, Bob Porritt, John McGraw, Joe Cronk

ROSTER

no. name ...position...year

2 Josh Curtis ...RB/DB...jr.

3 Andrew Warren ...WR/FS/K...sr.+

5 Lucas Tallent ...RB/DB...sr.*

6 D.J.Rodgers ...TE/OLB/P...jr.+

7 Dakota Hart ...QB/OLB...sr.*

9 Tyler Wibert ...RB/LB...jr.

11 Jeremy Houlroyd-Wilson ...TE/CB...jr.+

12 D.J. Kilz ...RB/LB...jr.

22 Dillon Brooks ...RB/OLB...sr.*

23 Braden Finch ...TE/CB...sr.*

24 Drew Edington ...RB/DB...sr.*

30 Kenny Polhemus ...RB/LB...sr.*

32 Kris Bentley ...RB/DB...sr.*

50 Cody Proudfoot ...OG/DL...sr.*

51 Alex Proudfoot ...OG/DT...sr.*

52 Tyler Lauer ...OG/LB...jr.

53 Cody Scheberl ...OL/LB...sr.

54 Bryan Witte ...OG/DT...jr.

55 P.J.Tharnish ...OL/LB...jr.

56 Isaac Bancroft ...C/LB...jr.

60 Collin Powell ...OT/DT...sr.

62 Sam Cairns ...OT/OLB...jr.

64 Justin Figueras ...OL/DT...jr.

72 Eddie Bentley ...OT/DT...jr.

73 Mike Velting ...C/DT...sr.

75 Jebidiah Spencer ...OT/DT...sr.*

* returning starters (7 on offense, 7 on defense)

+ other contributors (more at LSJ.com)

-- David Cassilo

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