Colors: Green and White
Head Coach: Brent Bauer (9th season) (23-45 record)
2015 record: 3-6
Returning Starters: 7 offense 7 defense
A veteran laden Wisner-Pilger squad looks to lead the Gators to big things this season. Wisner-Pilger returns 8 starters on both sides of the ball from last year’s 3-6 squad.
On offense, Cooper Von Seggern (6’2, 200 SR) returns at QB. He threw for 832 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, and ran for another 557 yards and 10 TD’s. He will have a couple of returning targets to throw to in Korrell Koehlmoos (6’1, 155 JR WR) and Hunter Waterman (6’1, 155 JR WR).
Koehlmoos caught 19 balls for 350 yards last year while Waterman hauled in 15 passes for 237 yards.
Up front, the Gators figure to be led by Travis Keyes (6’0, 285 SR C), Cobe Porter (6’0, 200 SR), Gage Riecken (5’9, 170 SR), Nathan Hatterman (6’3, 225 SR OL), and Jayden Raabe (6’3, 205 SO OL).
On defense, Wisner-Pilger will have Keyes, Hatterman, and Raabe at DT , DL, and DL, respectively,
Porter and Riecken will help patrol things at linebacker while Koehlmoos and Waterman will try and slow down other teams’ passing attacks at defensive back. Porter racked up 91 tackles a season ago.
Von Seggern will help out from his free safety spot.
Other returning letterwinners include seniors Brody Mattson and Jacob Denton, and sophomores Dylan Uhing and Jacob Borgelt.
Head Coach Brent Bauer says this team is very talented and experienced. “We have a large senior class with some athletic juniors. Leadership has been good and the work ethic is good. Some very talented sophomores and large freshman class hope to add some depth that we haven’t had in many years. If we stay healthy we expect to be competitive. ”
The Gators open the season at Crofton next Friday, and return home for a tough game with Stanton the following week.
Wisner-Pilger has a game at home against West Point-Beemer the following week before back-to-back road games at Hartington Cedar Catholic and Fremont Bergan. The Gators then return home for a home game against Oakland-Craig.
The Gators have back-to-back road games at BRLD and Logan View towards the end of the regular season before capping off the regular season at home against Tekamah-Herman.
Brent Bauer’s District Rankings:
2. Fremont Bergan
5. Logan View
2016 Wisner-Pilger Gators Football Schedule:
08/26/16 @ Crofton
09/09/16 West Point-Beemer
09/16/16 @ Hartington Cedar Catholic
09/23/16 @ Archbishop Bergan
10/07/16 @ BRLD
10/14/16 @ Logan View