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(reprinted with permission from the Freeport Journal Standard
Still teammates: Aquin grads will suit up for Loras this fall
By Scott Holland
Posted Jun 22, 2012 @ 10:40 PM
Freeport, Ill. — Playing together since the fifth grade wasn’t enough for five Aquin football players.
Graduated Bulldogs Erich Awender, Zach Gogel, Collin Curry, Jerek Pontius and Caleb Janssen aren’t done wearing the same uniform yet, as all five will suit up for Loras next fall on the gridiron.
“I think it was a lot of a coincidence,” Curry said. “We all looked at a bunch of different schools and Loras ended up being the one we all liked.”
But once the Du-Hawks got one Bulldog, they started picking up the others.
“I think Zach was the first one who committed, I’m pretty sure,” Awender said. “Me and Collin Curry, we were both set with North Central, but the (Loras) coach came to my house one night and we had a visit.
“That was big and cool, I thought that was a better fit.”
The visit by the coach was big, but so was the visit to Dubuque to look at the Loras campus.
“Collin, Erich, Patrick (Schmelzle, who will play basketball at Loras) and me all went on the same visit and stayed the night,” Pontius said. “Everyone liked it.”
That visit was when Loras unveiled a secret weapon in recruiting, Jerek’s brother Jordan, who also plays football for the Du-Hawks.
“We all spent the night at his place on our stay over,” Jerek Pontius said. “There was a lot of bonding. He (Jordan Pontius) was kind of the middle man between the coaches and us.”
For Janssen, he was a little hesitant to go to Loras, but once he was on campus, he knew he found his place.
“I decided to go alone,” he said. “I wanted to play football, that was a big part of it, whichever school I went to.
“It came down to which one I liked the most.”
And now the five will be on the same sideline again, hoping to help turn around the Loras football program the way they helped the Aquin football program to a 26-7 record in the last three years.
“At Aquin, everybody’s been playing since the fifth grade, we’ve been together since kindergarten,” Awender said. “It’s big for me playing with the same guys there, it will be awesome.”
It will be even more awesome for the family of the players, who are just as ready for the season as the players.
“I think they’re more excited than we are,” Janssen said. “It will be fun for them, getting together, tailgating and carrying on the tradition that has always been at Aquin.”