KIMBERLY - Last season, Kimberly was one of the area’s best scoring teams, averaging 42 points per game.
The Papermakers were led by the lethal quarterback-to-receiver combination of Ben Diedrick to Scott Schreiber, but that combo is gone after Diedrick graduated.
So what does Kimberly do in order to hopefully continue its high-scoring ways? It moves Schreiber to quarterback. The senior knows how to throw as last baseball season as a pitcher he was 10-0 last baseball season with a 0.86 ERA while be named the state’s player of the year.
“Converting from receiver to quarterback is going to be a pretty big transition for me, but I just got to focus on being a leader for my team and do the things I can do best to help the team win,” said Schreiber, who tied for the state lead with 18 touchdown catches last season.
Coach Steve Jones is confident Schreiber can handle the move and he’ll get his first look Friday, when the Papermakers play at Menasha.
“Hopefully from a coaching point, it’s a smart move,” he said. “It’s a difficult decision to make. You take one of the state’s best receivers, in my opinion, and move him to quarterback. He’s definitely ready.”
What should help Schreiber in his transition is running back J.P. Peerenboom, who last season had 951 rushing yards. Peerenboom should give great balance to an offense that is looking to continue its scoring ways.
“Your offensive line really dictates everything,” Jones said. “With those guys coming back, J.P. Peerenboom and a stable of running backs and our fullbacks are really coming along. We definitely have high expectations on offense.”
Schreiber is a low-key personality who seems to shrug off any pressure of being under center. He’s confident he will perform and knows he will be put in the best position to succeed.
“We should be fine,” he said. “Our coaches do a great job of preparing us for the game. We just believe in them and they give us the right opportunities to make plays and we do our best.”
Kimberly once again will be a top contender for the Valley Football Association North Division and is expected to make a deep run in the postseason. Schreiber believes this year’s team can go further than last year’s 9-2 team, which lost in Level 3 to eventual Division 1 state champion Arrowhead.
“I think this group this year, a lot of hard working guys,” Schreiber said. “I think we’ll get after it and everything will fall into place.”
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