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Returning standouts look to guide Richard to another winning season PHOTOS

With a 5-4 record in 2013, the Riverview Gabriel Richard football team earned its first winning season since 2004.

This year, many of the same players who made that success possible have returned to the gridiron for Pioneers’ Coach Tom Michaelsen’s squad and will be seeking even better results.

Back at quarterback is junior Jacob Lipetzky (6-foot-4, 190 pounds); an All-News-Herald selection who threw for 423 yards and four touchdowns last season and also ran for six touchdowns.

In the backfield will be returning seniors Tyler Blaszczak (6-1 175), Dylan Yeager (5-7 165) and Tyler Riney (5-9, 172).

Blaszczak and Riney were both All-News-Herald selections in 2013 and combined for about 1,110 rushing yards a grand total of 16 touchdowns.

At wide receiver will be returning juniors Josh Blaszczak (5-9, 165) and Nick Nelson (5-11, 180), with fellow returning junior Luke Gierman (6-0, 175) set to line up at tight end.

Ahead of Week 1 of the 2014 season, Michaelsen said that junior lineman Ryan Champaign (5-9, 180) was scheduled to start at center. He said that those in the mix for the other spots up front were: senior Brandon Poslaiko (6-1, 220), juniors Jacob Cosgrove (5-10, 180), Eric Williams (5-9, 170) and Jared Machnacki (5-11, 175) and freshman Devin Slaughter (5-11, 200).

Defensively, Michaeslen said that sophomore Jack Lemieux (5-10, 180) will be one of the Pioneers handling linebacker duties, with Lipetzky and both Tyler and Josh Blaszczak set to take on roles in the secondary.

The Blaszczaks will also have a major presence on special teams for the burgundy and white group, as both will be back deep to return kicks and Tyler is slated to be the Richard punter for this season.

Handing the kicking duties for the Pioneers will be Poslaiko.

To kick off the new campaign, Richard will hit the road for a non-league game against Flat Rock on Aug. 28. The following week, the Pioneers will welcome in Ohio football powerhouse Marion Local, which won its third consecutive state title in 2013. After a Week-3 battle at home with Detroit Westside Christian Academy, the Pioneers will open Catholic League play at home against Cabrini in what is a long-standing Downriver football rivalry.





Last Updated: 8/26/2014 7:33:40 PM EST

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