Austin program continues to succeed

By Michael Sudhalter

082714_AustinDan Schreiber arrived at Austin High four years ago, inheriting a squad that hadn’t won a game the previous year.

“We convinced the kids what we’re doing was the right thing and good things would happen,” Schreiber said.

As the school enters its 20th year, Schreiber has brought the Bulldogs to milestones, such as the program’s first postseason victory last season.

Austin, which finished 6-6 last season, is poised to continue its success in Class 6A-District 23 this fall.

Austin will kick off the season on Thursday at Klein Forest – a team coached by Barry Abercrombie, who coached Hightower to the 5A State Championship in 2011.

“Klein Forest has some good athletes, and Barry’s trying to change the culture there,” Schreiber said. “We hope he does that the week after we play them.”

Austin will visit Katy Seven Lakes where Schreiber previously coached the offensive line on Sept. 5 before opening district competition on Sept. 12 in a Homecoming game against Hightower.

The Bulldogs return 11 starters seven on defense and four on offense. The defensive line led by senior Bright Ihegworo will be key to Austin’s success.

082714_Austin2“Bright is nearly unblock able,” Schreiber said. “Our defensive line will be a real strength. They’re athletic and fairly good-sized.”

Free safety Zach Davis anchors the secondary and is the team’s vocal leader on defense.

Offensively, the Bulldogs must replace running back Vic Enwere, who’s a freshman at Cal-Berkeley, but Schreiber expects big things from senior running back Bryson Oglesby, who has received offers from Houston, Indiana and New Mexico. Oglesby, who rushed for 700 yards and seven touchdowns last season, is also a capable receiver, having accumulated 500+ yards receiving last fall.

AustinSchedSenior quarterback Jackson Steele started three games as a sophomore when the starter was hurt.

He’ll take over the reins in the pocket, and Schreiber prefers his quarterbacks to throw the ball.

“If our quarterbacks are running, they’re running for their life,” Schreiber said.

Steele is expected to have some good receivers, including sophomore Darius Milton, junior Matt Timmer, Landon Rambo as well as Augie and Lorenzo Martinez.

Schreiber’s background is in coaching the offensive line. He was the O-line coach at Katy Seven Lakes before coming to Austin.

“We only have two starters returning on the offensive, so we’ll find out how good we are when we start playing,” Schreiber said.

One of those starters is senior Tucker Kisel, who’s received offers from New Mexico State and Sam Houston State.

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