Ithaca Yellow Jackets – 2016 Preview


I could write a novel here, a documentary … oh wait, they made one of those already.  The Yellow Jackets are coming off of their 5th State Title in 6 years, their 6th straight Championship Game appearance, 7 straight conference titles and 55 consecutive regular season wins in a row.  They are 83-1 over the past 6 seasons.  Those are just to name a few things.  However, for the first time in 5 years, the Jackets won’t have a Smith at the helm commanding the offense.  In fact, Ithaca will be starting 18 new positions.  That would be a big task for many programs but Ithaca is the model of a program now, they are reloading with good incoming talent year after year and a top notch coaching staff doesn’t hurt.  Their conference and regular season winning streak will be put to the test with the arrival of Ovid-Elsie from the TVC Central.  O-E was a field goal away from winning the Central last year and now set up shop in the West with their sights set on knocking off the Champs.

Last Playoff Appearance

Head Coach
Terry Hessbrook – 13th Season With Ithaca (18th Season As A Head Coach Overall)

Assistant Coaching Staff
Brad Showers, Craig Snyder, Todd Hessbrook, Josh Rayburn, Justin Seaman, Jordan Hessbrook, Andy Graham, Nick White, Andrew Snoblen, Tim Taylor , Noah Moomey, Josh Macha

Returning Starters On Offense/Defense

Key Returning Players (Position)
Nik Jones OL
Joey Bentley Making move to QB
Colton Campbell Receiver
Greg Woodcock LB

Fresh Faces Expected To Contribute This Year (Position)
They have 18 returning players. 12 seniors & 6 juniors that played on varsity the entire last season. 14 games.
Trey Chapin REC/DB
Seth Davis REC/LB
Adam Culp REC/ Kicker (D1 Kicking Prospect)

Position Unit(s) Of Strength This Year
Receiving Corps

Key Contributors Lost To Graduation
Jake Smith, Jace Demenov, Derek Teed, Jonah Loomis, Spence DeMull , Kurtis Ackels (Coach Hessbrook mentioned that there are so many more, too many to list that were key components of their championship team from a year ago)

Coach Hessbrook had this to say about the upcoming season – We hope to compete at a high level.  We have 18 players that played in 14 games last season.  They may have not all been starters, however they did play a great deal.

Ithaca Yellow Jackets – 2016 Schedule

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Ovid-Elsie MaraudersIthaca Yellow Jackets
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St. Louis SharksIthaca Yellow Jackets
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Ithaca Yellow JacketsBelding Redskins
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Ithaca Yellow JacketsFrankenmuth Eagles
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