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Riverview heads into ’14 with new coach at the helm PHOTOS

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When Derek Mclaughlin took over in Riverview this season, after leaving Anderson, he inherited a team that won seven games in 2013 and made a playoff appearance.

While some of the players who made it possible are back this year, some of the biggest pieces have since graduated, such as the prolific running back tandem of Josh Smith and Marcus Samuels.

Despite any graduation losses, Mclaughlin said he’s is confident in the players who will be wearing the maroon and gold in 2014.

“I think we have a solid core group of guys, guys that have a lot of playing time,” Mclaughlin said. “I think that will help a lot in teaching our schemes and getting them ready to play.”

One player the new head man will look to this fall is senior quarterback Drew Kroll (6-foot-1, 180 pounds), who will be under center for his third year.

In last season’s run-heavy offense, Kroll didn’t get a chance to throw the ball much, but when he did he looked sharp. Against Huron in Week 5 he was 9-for-13 and threw for 132 yards and two touchdowns and for the season threw for 433 yards and seven touchdowns.

His favorite target, senior receiver Nolan Glime (5-11, 195), is back after catching 18 balls for 276 yards and four touchdowns in 2013.

At the tailback spot senior Austin Ostrowski (5-8, 160) and junior Eric Gant (5-11, 195) will battle for playing time. Last year, Ostrowski was impressive when called upon and piled up 345 yards and scored five touchdowns.

Junior Tyler Chase (5-10, 220) will be at fullback for the Pirates this year. As a sophomore, the powerful runner had no problem plowing over would-be tacklers out of the backfield as either a ball carrier or a lead blocker.

Senior Steve Pinkava (6-3, 220) will line up at tight end for Riverview this fall and will be an asset as both a blocker and a receiver. Last season he had two touchdown grabs for the squad.

Up front, standout senior lineman Adam Borgert (6-3, 275) will play center for the Bucs, while the other spots on the line were still under evaluation, Mclaughlin said, ahead of the team’s first scrimmage.

On the other side of the ball, Borgert will also line up as a defensive tackle and Pinkava will serve as a defensive end.

Both Chase and senior Joe Porter (5-10, 196) will play linebacker in 2014, with Chase coming off a season in which he had 62 total tackles.

In the secondary, Glime will be a cornerback and senior Miles Grahl (5-9, 180) will serve as a safety. Glime had 27 tackles last year, intercepted one pass and recovered a fumble.

Riverview will kick off its season on Aug. 29 with a game at Garden City and one week later will start Huron League action with a game at Milan.

Last Updated: 8/26/2014 7:33:21 PM EST