Manistee football’s strength remains in the trenches

MANISTEE – The Manistee Chippewas perform constantly through the calendar year to become much better and discover by themselves in the body weight place more frequently than not.  

The supreme objective is to boost on final period, finding techniques to be more substantial and faster, in particular for the offensive and defensive linemen.

“This group will absolutely be the greatest and the strongest (I have at any time experienced),” Chips coach Troy Bytwork mentioned. “In 2018, when we were undefeated, that line was compact. They ended up strong, but they ended up modest. In the past couple several years, we have gotten more substantial and greater.”

Manistee graduated Da’Kary Watson and Ayden Breland, two gifted persons upfront even so, they return 1st-crew Lakes 8 All-Conference offensive lineman Caden VanSickle and next-team offensive lineman Carter Fredericks.

“VanSickle is likely to be a unique child,” reported Bytwork. “Clearly, he is likely to be enjoying collegiate soccer in some ability right here, and he is a 280-pound child who cleans 300-pounds. That is an superb selection collegiately. He moves properly, he’s adaptable, and he’s fallen in like with the activity above the earlier pair of years, far more so than a whole lot of little ones that I have experienced.

“Fredericks is correct there as nicely … he puts up a incredible quantity of body weight when it arrives to squatting and deadlifting. He also moves very well. If it was a diverse situation, he could engage in some restricted conclude … he’s a really athletic child. He has a ton of starts under his belt.”


Also returning for the Chippewas are Conner Lindeman, who plays centre, and Brian McNeil. 

Bytwork thinks Lindeman is a person commencing quarterback Jeffrey Huber can have faith in, whilst McNeil is a flexible athlete. 

“Lindeman arrived a extended way final yr,” Bytwork stated. “He’s nearly a 300-pound kid at center … and he just moves and does it effectively. He definitely acquired into lifting over the final yr, and his quantities have really flown up. McNeil is likely to be a further kid that moves nicely at limited close.”

Bytwork continued, indicating he is psyched to see Braydon Sorensen, a junior and multi-sport athlete on the golfing and ski groups, on the field.

“I enjoy Braydon because he’s a winner,” he mentioned. “He’s a genuinely fantastic skier and golfer, which those people athletics will not normally get coupled with football. But he is a heck of a very good soccer participant. He just deadlifted 465-kilos now, and he’s 190-kilos. He offers us a guard that can transfer effectively, and he is robust at the level of get in touch with.

“The men up entrance are going to be our power.”