Indiana Football

Saturday, April 20, 2013

2013 Snapshot: Lawrenceburg

By Greg Shoemaker | Featured Analyst

Ryan Knigga is entering his third season as Lawrenceburg's head coach.

A rekindled flame saw Lawrenceburg shine brightly en route to the program’s 16th Sectional championship. It sparked memories of a dominance of years past. The Tigers and their explosive spread offense set a school record with 538 points.

This season Lawrenceburg returns several key components from that squad, but a bump up to Class 3A will make it harder for head coach Randy Knigga and his troops to repeat last year’s incredible performance. The battle will be much tougher now that the hunter becomes the hunted. One thing is for certain the Tigers will be a blast to watch on offense.

Class 2A, Sectional 31

2012 RECORD: 11-2, 4-1 EIAC
COACH: Ryan Knigga (16-8 @ Lawrenceburg, two years, 16-8 overall)

Sam Fette, JR, QB – Fette set the bar very high for himself and those who follow after setting the Tigers’ single-season records for passing yards (2,195), touchdown passes (25), completions (114) and attempts (208) as a sophomore. His efforts earned him All-EIAC honors.

Ronnie Botkins, JR, DL – This d-lineman has a chance to become an All-Conference performer after registering 28 tackles including four for losses as a sophomore.

Dylan Buckingham, JR, DL – It seems as if Buckingham has been around forever, but he is only going to be a junior. He tallied 80 total tackles with seven going for losses and had a sack in 2012.

Jesse Hennies, SR, OL/DL – Voted the team’s best lineman in 2012, Hennies is coming off an 83 tackles, 4.5 sack and two forced fumble campaign.

Nico Jessee, SR, S – Jessee gives the secondary stability. He recorded 45 total tackles as a junior.

Alex Orndorff, SR, OT – At 6-foot-6, 275 pounds and a plenty of experience at the varsity level Orndorff is drawing interest from several Division I schools as well as Ivy League programs.

Garrett Brooks, SR, LB – A healthy Brooks gets his chance to finally shine on defense.

Jordon Kauffman, JR, WR- Kauffman showed great promise in limited playing time with six receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore. He also registered 20 total tackles with an interception on defense.

Mitch Martin, JR, WR – Another skill position member of an exciting Class of 2015 Martin has great hands and runs excellent routes.

Troy Tuberville, JR, WR – The son of University of Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville and the cousin of quarterback Fette this wide receiver looks to make it a real family affair his next two seasons in orange and black.

(56-32 overall)
Sectional Champions (16) – 2012, 2005, 1999, 1998, 1992, 1991, 1988, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1976, 1975
Regional Champions (4) – 1985, 1984, 1978, 1975
State Champions (2) – 1978, 1975

The glaring absence of East Central on the schedule is bigger talk than who is actually on it...FULL SCHEDULE

Lawrenceburg had a streak of five games where they scored more than 50 points in 2012. To put it in perspective their grand total of 264 points in that span were more than three EIAC schools scored in the entire season (South Dearborn, Batesville and East Central. They were 30 points away from topping Franklin County and 49 from Greensburg’s 2012 outputs.

--Ryan Knigga, head coach, Lawrenceburg
--Sam Fette, Lawrenceburg
--Dylan Buckingham, Lawrenceburg

Greg is a co-founder of TSF and is now entering his ninth season as a Featured Analyst for the website. The Xavier University grad also serves as the Content Manager for the website and is widely considered one of the top high school football experts in the region. If you are interested in covering your team, please CONTACT US.