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Summit coach Kevin Kostibos can be pleased with the fact he returns a wealth of experience on his 2016 Hilltoppers football team as a new season begins. (Photo by Glenn Kross-glennkrossphotography.com)
Summit Has The Necessary Experience
To Put Together A Solid Season In 2016
By JR Parachini
Covering high school football since 1982
and Union County since 1991
SUMMIT – Jake Froschauer rushed for more than 700 yards and passed for nearly 1,000 during his first season as the No. 1 quarterback a year ago.
He also led Summit to six wins and a berth in the North 2, Group 4 playoffs, with the Hilltoppers moving up to that section for the first time.
Furthermore, fourth-year head coach Kevin Kostibos is impressed with how Froschauer runs the Wing-T and leads the team overall from his signal-caller position.
"Jake has embodied the leadership role, with a full season under his belt," Kostibos said. "He's grown into his body (6-3, 175) and I think he's going to have a fantastic year. He's the master of our offense."
Kostibos expects Froschauer to pick up where he left off last year, with his strengths being his arm and legs.
"He has incredible arm strength and can really run well," Kostibos said.
Froschauer is one of nine returning players on offense including placekicker Jack Johnson, who last year kicked 20 extra points and seven field goals for 41 points.
"Whether it's offense or defense or special teams, we're looking to make everything better," Kostibos said.
Summit had only three returning starters on offense a year ago.
"We were young last year and made rookie mistakes," Kostibos said. "Last year just about everyone got work."
Among the returning starters on the line is senior Matt Grange at right tackle. Dennis McCarthy of the Dennis McCarthy Report has Grange ranked eighth among the Top 10 Union County college-bound seniors for 2016.
"Matt does a lot of running and gets down the field well," said McCarthy, who sees Grange as an offensive guard at the next level. He's also a top student."
"Matt is incredibly smart," Kostibos said. "He can tell you everything about the play that is sent in.
"He has good feet and a good motor."
Summit only returned two starters on defense a year ago. This time the HIlltoppers have seven starters back on that side of the ball, in addition to Froschauer returning at punter. Last year Froschauer averaged 38 yards a punt.
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