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No, you'll probably never see him rumble 80-plus yards for a punishing touchdown run, like the SLL’s leading rusher Greg “The Human Bowling Ball” Hillabrand.
Nor is he likely to ever zero-in on an opposing wide receiver, and return yet another interception for a quick pick-six, a la All-Ohio cornerback, Connor "the Heat-Seeking Missile" Wendt.
Still, Genoa left tackle Jake "No Nickname Necessary" Schreuder has nonetheless been scoring big-time for the 10-0, state-playoff-bound Comets' decidedly-undersized offensive line. The 5-7, 223 lb scrapper who was labeled "not big enough" to play left tackle by certain pre-season scouting reports and pigskin purists going into his senior season has earned himself a place on the Genoa "O"-line. The line has allowed only four sacks in two whole campaigns (that's 24 games, counting last year's playoff run), and kept All-SLL signal caller Matt Bassitt's maroon-and-gray jersey clean and gave him enough time to pass for 1,243 yards, 22 touchdowns, and a 137.3 average quarterback rating.
Schreuder and the line also paved the muddy way for yet another 1,000-plus yards rusher in Hillabrand (1,257, 24 TDs).
More importantly, No. 77 is cleaning up in the academic trenches, as well. He has a 3.9 grade-point-average, is ranked No. 3 in his class, is inducted in the National Honor Society, and registered a 34 on the American College Test (ACT), all of which goes a heck of a long way to squash the myth of the prototypical big, dumb offensive lineman, like a proverbial pancake block.
"Well, a 36 on the ACT is a perfect score, so, yeah, I was actually pretty surprised when I saw that I got a 34," laughs the 18-year-old student council president quite humbly. Schreuder also took the ACT twice before at the conclusions of his freshman and sophomore years, turning in scores of 28 and 29 respectively.
"This time, I took it after our Port Clinton game over at Woodmore. I took it the next day, and I didn't want to take it at all. We'd gotten back to the high school at 11:45 after PC. I didn't get home until about 12:30. And I didn't get to sleep until 1:30, so I wasn't happy," adds Schreuder. "I was only going on like five hours of sleep, and everybody who knows me, knows I'm a nine-hour-sleep kind of guy, so it's not like I was more aware this time around.
"It's really been both a blessing and a curse, because now every time I mess up out there, or do anything stupid, I get 'Guy gets a 34 on his ACT, but can't do this or that right'," he said. "But I guess I fit in well playing on the offensive line, because it's organized, and everyone has their specific assignments. I get to know what everyone is doing at all times. I get to learn all the blocking schemes. We get to go out there, and hit our men, and drive them off the ball one-on-one. I just like to do my part for the team. I like to make sure everything is going good, from a lineman's perspective."
That being said, what is the "Dean of the Comets' Offensive Line's" opinion on the flickering, highlight-reel that has become his memorable three-year career with G-Town, back on the gridiron?
Well, there was stepping onto the field as a starter for the very first time at Gibsonburg last year and the 2007 showdown against Eastwood, which is when the whole football culture around Genoa changed. And, getting to spell All-SLL mentor Ryan Bless on the big stage of Doyt Perry Stadium last November, during a regional championship win over Ottawa-Glandorf, and not one, but two big "Celestial Bowl" victories over Oak Harbor, in the State Route 163 rivalry, and three-straight SLL championships.
The latest feather in Schreuder's hat was being elected homecoming king '09 by his classmates over the likes of usual headline grabbers Hillabrand, and Wendt, and senior free safety Scott Traver. This he modestly considers the biggest upset of his career.