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About

8 player – Division 1 District 2

Three Rivers League

School Colors: Maroon and Gold

Head Coach: Keith Wiatrak (51-22, 9th season)

Assistant coaches: Trey Johnson, Anthony Albertini

COACH WIATRAK SAYS:

“My goal is to become more physical as a team. We obviously want to make it to the playoffs again and try to make a run.”

Five Year Trend (Playoffs)

  • 2020: 3-6 (Bi Districts)
  • 2019: 10-1 (Quarterfinals)
  • 2018: 9-2 (Quarterfinals)
  • 2017: 11-2 (State Runner-Up)
  • 2016: 9-2 (Quarterfinals)

2020 REVIEW

It was a down year for the Indians after multiple, consecutive seasons of deep playoff runs and winning records. St. Paul finished the unconventional 2020 season with a 3-6 record. The Indians won their last two games of the season before falling in the bi-district game to Hartford. “I got a view of the young players growing and developing as the year progressed,” Wiatrak says. The biggest challenge was trying to keep the athletes eligible to play, not knowing who would be available, and having athletes play out of position. The Indians also fielded a very young squad. Wiatrak says that as a coach, he learned to be more patient with the underclassmen.

RETURNING STARTERS (2020 stats)

OL/LB Austin O’Hara (Sr) 6’0″, 180 lb

OL/DL Mason Winter (Sr) 5’9″, 210 lb

TE Peyton Norris (Sr) 6’3″, 180 lb

RB/LB Kiser Wiatrak (Jr) 5’11”, 160 lb

QB Trey Peters (Jr) 6’0″, 160 lb

WR/DB Landon Beachner (Jr) 5’11”, 170 lb – All League WR

WR/DB Vincent Smith (Jr) 5’7″, 160 lb

OTHER KEY RETURNERS

C Cooper Newberry (So) 5’6″, 180 lb

OL/DL Zakary Kirkpatrick (So) 6’1″, 220 lb

DE Matthew Leistikow (So) 5’10”, 180 lb

DB Zane Sexton (So) 5’7″, 140 lb

KEY NEWCOMERS

DE/TE Aiden Ray (Sr) 6’4″, 220 lb

SCHEDULE:

9/3 @ Sedan

9/10 @ Oswego

9/17 vs. Yates Center 

9/24 vs. Crest

10/1 vs. Altoona

10/8 @ Waverly

10/15 vs. Chetopa

10/22 @ South Coffey County

2021 SEASON OUTLOOK

The challenge of having a young team in 2020 will pay off for the Indians this year. “Our young kids received valuable experience last year,” Wiatrak says. “Our sophomores that played roles are bigger and stronger. They have worked hard in the weight room, and we should primarily be able to put upperclassmen on the field.” However, there is still more work to be done. St Paul’s physicality will be an important factor in their success this fall. “We have to find a way to be more physical,” Wiatrak says. “Point blank, not beating around the bush, we have to be more physical.” Senior Austin O’Hara is a vocal player, and the Indians will look to him for on the field leadership. “He never misses a day in the weight room or a practice and is top notch in the classroom,” Wiatrak says. “He is an excellent role model to the younger players.” The Indians will be tested early in the season. Wiatrak expects Oswego to be the toughest competition in the league this year. St. Paul meets Oswego on the road in week two.