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Defense leads the way for Tamalpais football

The Tamalpais defense held three teams to fewer than 10 points in 2019. Photo courtesy of Tamalpais Football
The Tamalpais defense held three teams to fewer than 10 points in 2019. Photo courtesy of Tamalpais Football

The Tamalpais High School varsity football team went 5-2 in its league last season. Head coach Matthew LemMon attributes a lot of its success to how well the defense played.

“We had a fantastic defense last year that was made up of mostly sophomores and juniors,” LemMon said. “So, I get all of those guys back.

According to LemMon, they only had two seniors on their defensive line last year. This kind of continuity is more important now than ever. While most teams in California were not being able to practice their chemistry over the last several months, Tamalpais is playing with almost the exact same defense as a year ago. 

Ahead of the season, LemMon expects senior safety and outside linebacker Jack Ehlermann to stand out. Last season, Ehlermann had 48 total tackles for an average of six per game. He is also expected to play some receiver and running back for Tamalpais. Last season, Ehlermann had six receptions for 180 yards. 

Another player who is expected to have a great year is senior linebacker Danny Jenkins. Jenkins is 6-feet tall and weighs 184 pounds. He had 95 total tackles last year for an average of nine-and-a-half per game, he also added two sacks. While Jenkins is listed as a linebacker, his greatest strength may be his versatility on defense.

“One guy we are lucky to get back for his senior year is Danny Jenkins,” LemMon said. “He quite literally might play every position for us on defense.”

It is clear to see that the players of Tamalpais take pride in their defense, and it is obviously a large factor in the team’s success. Now that California is going to allow football teams to play a modified season, Tamalpais is ready to showcase its skills. Its first game will be Saturday against its rival, Redwood High School.   

1 Comment

  1. Janet Tosick on March 18, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    Good luck Jack, and to all your teammates!
    We are so proud of your team, and we will be rooting for you in Indiana!

    Love,
    Nanny and Bobby

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