LAMBERTON - Red Rock Central's Jordan Schroepfer knew he had to step-up as a leader for the Falcons football team in 2013
"I was told coming into the year that I was going to have to be a big part of this team," Schroepfer said, "I have a lot on my shoulders, but I've done my best to do what I can this year."
Schroepfer is exceeding those expectations, leading the Falcons in all aspects of the game.
Red Rock Central's Jordan Schroepfer
"He is the leader of our team, both offensively and defensively," said head coach Isaac Jenniges. "He is a good hard-working kid and we can count on him to do a lot of things for us."
As a running back, Schroepfer tops the Falcons with 138 carries for 644 yards and six touchdowns.
"Offensively, he is able to carry the load," said Jenniges. "We have been able to turn around and hand him the ball 35 to 40 times some nights and he doesn't skip a beat."
In the Falcons most recent victory over Cedar Mountain/Comfrey on Oct. 11, Schroepfer rushed for 209 yards and all four of Red Rock Central's touchdowns.
"Each and every week he has improved, offensively," said Jenniges. "The last two weeks, he really carried us to our two wins."
In addition to his offensive success, Schroepfer plays an essential role on the Falcons defensive. As a linebacker, he has recorded 96 tackles through seven games, earning him a spot as one of the top ten tacklers in the state.
"I like to hit people on the football field," Schroepfer said. "After you get a big hit, it makes it feel good."
Jenniges said Schroepfer is a difference-maker.
"Defensively, he has been solid," Jenniges said. "We lean on him to make plays for us and when he has been going good we have been going good."
On Oct. 30 against Springfield, Schroepfer recorded a game-high 22 tackles, 15 of which were solo.
He averages 13 tackles per game. Schroepfer believes that his experience on offense contributes to his defensive accomplishments.
"I have a tendency to know where the ball is going," Schroepfer said. "That's where I make most of my tackles."
As a state-qualifying wrestler, Schroepfer uses the skills he has learned in wrestling to improve as a football player.
"In wrestling, we do a lot of tackling and takedowns, which transfers to football," Schroepfer said.
"He has the wrestling-mentality where he is not going to back down," said Jenniges. "A lot of those wrestling skills carry over and you can see that when he gets out there."
In addition to being a running back and a linebacker, Schroepfer is also the Falcons punter. He has punted 37 times for 1,205 yards, averaging a little more than 30 yards per punt.
After a rough 0-5 start in 2013, the Falcons worked hard to improve and have picked-up two victories in their last three games.
"This year has been difficult," Schroepfer said. "We have had our up's and down's."
Red Rock Central is rebuilding with group of newcomers after graduating a majority of its starters from the 2012 season.
"We lost a lot of people. So, I had to put more on my own back and carry the team," said Schroepfer. "I have learned a lot more about football and it's made me a lot better."
Schroepfer said he and his teammates keep each other focused.
"We do our best to motivate each other," said Schroepfer. "If someone is down, we try to get them back up. If we aren't doing so well, we try to get each other going.
With the added pressure Schroepfer has faced this season, he had to learn to control the anxiety of the game.
"I've been in a lot of big situations in sports, but I still seem to get nervous," Schroepfer said.
He has controlled his anxiety through breathing methods he acquired from wrestling.
"I control my breathing and think about the positive things," Schroepfer said. "It helps to cool down and, once we get going, my nerves go away."
As the postseason approaches, Schroepfer and his teammates are preparing to take on Tracy-Milroy-Balaton on Tuesday.
"These next couple practices will really get us ready," said Schroepfer. "But since it's the end of the season ,we are as ready as we will ever be."
The Falcons will compete in the MSHSL Class A Section 3 Tourmanent with Adrian, United South Central, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, St. Clair and Murray County Central.
"I feel like we have a better chance in the section we are in this year," said Schroepfer. "But we have to step it up and play our best in order to win it."
As a junior, Schroepfer is excited for his senior year of football, anticipating a more experienced and prepared Falcon team.
"A lot of are starter this year are young," said Schroepfer. "I think, coming back next year, they will grow up and have more experience. With my last year, I just want to give it all I've got and just see what happens."
- Name: Jordan Schroepfer
- School: Red Rock Central
- Sport: Football
- Year: Junior
- Position: Running back, linebacker and punter
- Prep Career: 2 years
- Most thrilling sports moment: Team section in wrestling
- Other sport: Wrestling
- Favorite Athlete: Adrian Peterson
- Favorite team: Vikings
- Favorite hobby: lifting weights
- Favorite food: BBQ Chicken
- Favorite musician: Tyga
- Favorite TV show: Duck Dynasty
- Favorite movie: Dumb and Dumber
- Favorite book: Hatchet
- Favorite teacher: Mr. Jenniges
- Favorite subject: Science
- Top academic accomplishment: Excel award
- Person who has had a huge influence on my life: Anyone with cancer
- The best piece of advice I have received: Never give up
- Something most people don't know about me: I like to sing and dance
- Three words that describe me: funny, nice, athletic
- One possession I can't live without: My phone
- Something I am afraid of: spiders
- If I could visit any place it would be: China
- Plans after high school: Go to college
- In 10 years I see myself: With a job and my own house