Gehlen Catholic football finished off 2020 going 3-5 and losing to Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in the second round of the playoffs. It wasn’t so much how the Jays finished, but rather how the Jays started the year that stuck with the team.
Gehlen Catholic was unable to scrimmage anyone due to the COVID pandemic and the changes made to the football schedule. In week two, their game with Hinton was canceled due to COVID. This kept the Jays from getting started on the right foot, and Head Coach Jeremy Schindler says that it really impacted his team.
The Gehlen football team returns a good chunk of their team from last year. That team got an early taste of playoff success, and Coach Schindler knows that it will motivate his team for this season.
The Jays bring in a group of offensive linemen that are smaller than what many would think an offensive lineman should be. Coach Schindler says that’s alright with him because it allows him to use the speed of his skill guys to their full potential.
The scrimmage Gehlen played against Cherokee last Friday allowed the Jays to get a good sense on what they needed to work on this week. One thing that stood out as an area to work on was Gehlen’s play in the defensive secondary. Coach Schindler says that it is a matter of giving his defensive backs the repetitions needed to work things out.
Gehlen Catholic opens up hosting Unity Christian tomorrow night at 7:00 PM at Jim Lorenzen Field. Gehlen Catholic opens district play the following week against #9 Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn.
Click here to listen to the full interview with Coach Jeremy Schindler. (Interview starts at 21:43)
GEHLEN CATHOLIC FOOTBALL SCHEDULE:
8/27: UNITY CHRISTIAN
9/3: at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn *%
9/10: at Lawton-Bronson %
9/17: HINTON *
9/24: at Akron-Westfield *%
10/1: SOUTH O’BRIEN *
10/8: at MMCRU *%
10/15: ALTA-AURELIA *
* – Denotes District Game
% – Denotes KLEM Broadcast