Montabella ‘on the verge doing a lot of things’

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 2:52 pm on Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Montabella's Jemikal Papendick (86) goes up for a pass with teammate Joey Durham during a practice in August.

BLANCHARD — Montabella’s football team could very well set a school record for most wins in a single season. Receiver Jemikal Papendick knows this.
“We’re on the verge of doing a lot of things that haven’t happened before,” Papendick said.
If the Mustangs knock off St. Louis on Friday, they will have won eight games in a single season for the first time in school history.
Papendick said this has been brewing for a year, when Montabella won their last four games of the season. The Mustangs have won 12 of their last 13 games.
“We started last year really in the offseason,” he said. “We set some goals for the team, we’ve been hungry and it’s starting to pay off.”
Papendick took a low-key approach to what he’s done to help the cause.
“I guess for me it’s just that I’ve had some trust and bond with my teammates, and just go with the flow,” he said.
Coach David Clay wouldn’t be so low-key in his thoughts on his star senior.
“First and foremost he is one of the leaders on the team,” Clay said. “He’s a kid that leads by example both on and off the field. he’s a very positive young man, and that’s where it starts with him.”
Papendick has had a good rapport with quarterback Charles Helmer. The two have hooked up for numerous touchdowns this season. Clay said the pair have always had that rapport.
“That goes back to four years ago, and even before then,” he said. “They’ve been playing since Rocket football, and they work together in the summer. Jemikal adjusts his routes to help him. When two players know each other very well it makes for a good combo.”
Papendick said it goes back even further.
“I think it’s because we’ve been together since fifth grade,” he said. “We know the timing of each other, and it works out.”
Papendick is hoping to play football in college.
“I plan on going to either Ferris State or Wayne State for pharmacy, and I’m hoping to get a chance to play football there, too,” he said.
Clay thinks any school that gets him will get a good person.
“I think he’s definitely a college player, not even just athletically but academically,” he said. “Any school would be privileged to have him. Several colleges has inquired of him in D2 and D3. Central has also requested some film on him.”

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