Published On: Tue, Aug 26th, 2008

Wynot Blue Devils Ready to Kick Off Year

WYNOT — The Wynot Blue Devil football team will open the new season Friday against one of the best eight-man teams in the state in 2007 state runner-up Elgin.
The Blue Devils are led this year by first-year head coach Steve Wieseler, who took over for long-time coach Ron Rolfes.
Coach Rolfes had held the head coaching job at Wynot for 20 years and helped several athletes earn All State football honors over the years. In his tenure at Wynot, Rolfes amassed 100 wins in both basketball and football.
Rolfes’ teams have been in the state football playoffs seven times, reaching the quarterfinals in 1995 and the semifinals in 2005.
This is Wieseler’s eighth year at the school, but his first year in charge of the Blue Devil football program. He will be assisted by Wynot boys’ basketball coach Lee Heimes.
The Blue Devils have a lot of talent returning this year.
They lost Zach Humphrey, Tyler Koch, and Ross Pinkelman from last year’s 2-6 team.
Wynot will return several letterwinners to pick up the slack from those losses, though.
Returning letterwinners include Ryan Eskens, Ryan Heimes, Zach Jones, Ryan Boeckman and Jimmy Thoene
Wieseler is pleased with his team’s size and depth this year.
Wynot should have some experienced players this season as the Devils return six starters on offense and six more on the defensive side of the ball.
“We have good size up front with good depth at all positions,” he said.
Depth was a real problem last year as  injuries forced the Devils to play a lot of freshmen and sophomores.
Injuries are again causing problems so far this year, though. Zach Jones and Mitchell Breuning are already out with injuries.
Wynot has some good news, though in the form of junior linebacker  Ryan Boeckman. Boeckman led the team in tackles as a sophomore last year and is expected to be a big key to Wynot’s success this year.
The backfield will include running backs Jimmy Thoene and Ryan Eskens.  Ryan Heimes is expected to be in the backfield, as well, He was the team’s fullback last year. Eskens carried the ball 33 times for 381 yards last year.
The line will be anchored by Ryan and Justin Boeckman.
Wynot will compete in the D2-4 district along with Allen, Coleridge, Newcastle, Walthill and Wausa. Wieseler said the top teams in the District this year should be Coleridge  and Allen.
Ryan Heimes and RB Jimmy Thoene are expected to help out.