2017 Football Preview: Stockbridge Panthers

(Photo: LSJ archive photo)

LAST YEAR

5-5, 2-3 GLAC (T-3rd)

SCHEDULE (last year’s score)

Aug. 25 — at Grass Lake (L 32-18)

Aug. 31 — Ludington

Sept. 8 — at Maple Valley (W 42-28)

Sept. 15 — at Leslie (W 70-32)

Sept. 22 — Lakewood (L 57-21)

Sept. 29 — at Perry (L 26-24)

Oct. 6 — Olivet (L 41-21)

OCt. 13 — Waverly

Oct. 20 — at Parchment (W 50-34)

Jeremy Killinger (Photo: Courtesy photo)

COACH

Jeremy Killinger

Age: 40

Playing experience: Stockbridge 1992-93

Coaching experience: Stockbridge 2002-present

Career record: 68-77

Full-time job: Controller for CD Okemos 10, LLC

Assistant coaches: Scott Taylor, Mark Winnie, Brian Harden, Rob Myers

FOURCAST

REPLACING STARS

After a prolific high school career, quarterback Mason Gee-Montgomery is gone to graduation. The dual-threat QB’s name can be found all over the MHSAA record books, and his biggest claim to fame happened in 2015 when he broke the state record with 51 passing touchdowns in 2015. The Panthers also lost stud receiver Kolby Canfield to graduation. Canfield caught 20 touchdowns and had more than 1,000 receiving yards for Stockbridge last season. Both he and Gee-Montgomery were Division 5-6 all-state selections. Killinger said the newcomers looked at to replace these two standouts will determine how far his team goes this season. Sophomore Brandon Nelson looks to be Gee-Montgomery’s replacement at QB, while wide receiver Jacob Sutton looks to take on more responsibilities.

SENIOR LEADERSHIP

The Panthers will have 14 seniors on their 24-man roster this season, and Killinger sees the veteran leadership as his team’s top strength. He said this group has “really worked hard to bring the team together.”

EXPERIENCE UP FRONT

Stockbridge has seven offensive starters returning, four of which are on the offensive line. Fravier Arce, Zane Turner, Jeffrey Machleit and Zach Myers are all seniors on the offensive line and stand 6-foot or taller. The experience should be beneficial to the new quarterback.

CONTINUING SUCCESS

The Panthers have made the playoffs the last three seasons, and have been a high-scoring offense while doing so. However, they haven’t won a playoff game during this span. The team went 5-5 last season but hasn’t had a losing record since 2013. With several returners, Stockbridge has a good opportunity to find itself in the postseason for the fourth straight year.

ROSTER

3 Chris Jenkins sr. WR/DB

4 Noah Crogerart jr. TE/LB

8 Jacob Sutton sr. WR/DB

10 Andrew Zeigler jr. RB/DB

12 Daniel Ballagh jr. TE/DB

14 Martin Hoeksema sr. WR/DB

15 Brandon Nelson so. QB/DB

16 Alex Sanford sr. WR/DB

24 Miguel Medina sr. RB/DB

25 Gage Place jr. WR/DB

30 Hunter Winnie sr. TE/LB

42 Cody Culver jr. RB/LB

50 Andrew Hoffner jr. OL/DL

52 Fravier Arce sr. OL/LB

54 Jon Mannor sr. OL/LB

55 Josh Fletcher sr. OL/DL

59 Brandon Medina jr. OL/DL

60 Zane Turner sr. OL/DL

61 Corey Marshall sr. OL/DL

63 Jeffrey Machleit sr. OL/DL

72 Cody Tolliver jr. OL/DL

75 Zach Myers sr. OL/DL

84 Stephen Gipson sr. WR/LB

92 Brandon Bell jr. OL/DL

RETURNING STARTERS (7 on offense, 5 on defense)

OFFENSE

Jacob Sutton WR

Miguel Medina RB

Hunter Winnie TE

Fravier Arce OL

Zane Turner OL

Jeffrey Machleit OL

Zach Myers OL

DEFENSE

Stephen Gipson WR

Zach Myers DL

Chris Jenkins DB

Andrew Zeigler DB

Corey Marshall DL

OTHER CONTRIBUTORS

OFFENSE

Daniel Ballagh TE

Brandon Nelson QB

DEFENSE

Martin Hoeksema DB

Cody Culver LB

Noah Crogerart LB

Gage Place DB

— James L. Edwards III

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