Jessen (5-foot-11, 195 pounds) has three top-three Class 3A state wrestling finishes in his career and signed Wednesday with Northwestern for wrestling. Schremp sees that wrestling toughness in Jessen’s running style. He also leads the team with 80 tackles at linebacker.
“He’s a tough kid to bring down. He just keeps the chains moving,” Schremp said. “It’s a good offense that we’re concerned about. They can put up points. They’re averaging over 40 points a game.”
Jessen is a third-year varsity starter whom Warriors coach Nick Hildreth feels has gotten better with his vision this season.
“He’s not shifty or anything,” Hildreth said. “Just see the hole, hit the hole. That’s what he does. He just runs hard.”
Quarterback John Taylor also is a threat, having thrown for 1,889 yards and 15 touchdowns, and rushed for 475. Running back Chris Diaz has rushed for 774 yards.
Defensive ends Kevon Dobbins (191/2) and Nicholas Rushing (16) lead the Warriors in tackles for losses.
“Our guys up front have done a pretty good job of keeping people off our linebackers and putting pressure on the quarterback and letting our DBs make plays,” Hildreth said. “Our defensive line is our strength; they really set the tone for us.”
C-G had the advantage, as an option team, of knowing how to best defend Prairie Ridge. Hildreth said the Wolves’ option will be something the Warriors have not seen for some time.
“If you’re going to go to a clinic or get coached up on exactly how [the option] should look, they’re the program to look at,” Hildreth said.