Tecumseh Football Feature – Presented by Citizen Potawatomi Nation





Although the Savages lost a lot of senior leadership to graduation, they welcome back a ton of guys who gained a lot of experience last season and are raring to go for 2019. Leading that group will be quarterback Will Hilton (5-10, 160, Sr.), who threw for 11 touchdowns in his debut year at the helm. Hilton will have plenty of targets, led by big tight end Alex Schovanec (6-4, 240, Sr.), also the state runner-up in the discus this past spring, and Cody Rackley, a three-year starter who will spell Schovanec as needed. Jake Trice, who Bullock describes as the Savages’ best athlete, returns at wide receiver, where he had 25 receptions last year. He’ll be aided by Graham Dickson. The offensive line is anchored by powerlifter Jackson Phelps (6-1, 325, Sr.) at center. He’ll be joined by Ethan Rickey (6-4, 295, Jr.) and three-year starter Caleb Jones (6-2, 235, Sr.). The Savages also look forward to the return of Dawson Arnett (6-2, 270, Jr.), who missed most of last season with a knee injury. Helping Hilton carry the load in the backfield will be returning running back Jaylen Walker (5-8, 170, Sr.), who ran for nearly 700 yards last year and H-back Bryce Welch (5-10, 180, Sr.), who is one of those guys that leaves it all on the field every game.


With seven starters back, the Tecumseh defense figures to be a dominant force. Leading the way with 107 tackles and three interceptions last season is safety Clayton Rackley (5-11, 160, Sr.). Hilton rejoins Rackley at the other safety spot in Bullock’s 4-3 defense, while three-year starter Anthony O’ Guinn (5-11, 180, Jr.) and Jaxon Day (6-1, 160, Jr.) round out the secondary. Kane Ainesworth (6-0, 195 Jr.) guides the linebacker corps after garnering 92 tackles last season. After missing a good part of last year due to injury, linebacker Gage Boatman (5-10, 180, Sr.), who Bullock calls the leader of the defense, will be back at full strength. The defensive front is anchored by Rickey and Cody Rackley. “We return a lot of kids that played a ton in some big games last year,” Bullock said. “They’ve had a tremendous offseason and I’m excited to see that hard work pay off.”

9-6 – at Bethel

9-13 – at Seminole

9-20 – vs. Bridge Creek

9-27 – at Tuttle

10-4 – vs. Cushing

10-11 – at Blanchard

10-17 – vs. Harrah

10-25 – at Bethany

11-1 – vs. McLoud

11-8 – vs. Madill