FREMONT – Win or lose, Fremont Ross quarterback Hayden Lehmann knows how to keep things in check.
Lehmann, a 2017 1st-Team Three Rivers Athletic Conference quarterback said he believes one of his greatest characteristics is his charisma.
“I’m almost never in a bad mood,” Lehmann said. “I’m always laughing or telling jokes with my friends. I love to have fun and live life to its fullest.”
That’s commendable considering the 6’2”, 195-lb senior has faced his fare share of adversity during his time as a Little Giant.
During his sophomore season Lehmann suffered a broken ankle during the team’s first scrimmage, sidelining Lehmann for the vast majority of the season.
“I believe that if that were never to happen I would be a highly recruited QB right now,” Lehmann said. “Ever since that injury I feel the need to go over and beyond my playing level and figure out ways to catch me up for the year that I missed.”
In his junior campaign Lehmann led the TRAC with 2,170 yards while completing nearly 50-percent of his passes. Lehmann also tossed 16 touchdown passes as Fremont Ross finished 5-5 overall.
“I believe I had a strong junior year, but now I need a better senior year,” Lehmann said.
During the offseason Lehmann has invested much time in preparing for what he hopes is a strong season overall and in conference play.
Lehmann attended camps at Bowling Green State University, the University of Toledo, Ohio Dominican and Kent State.
“I’ve learned a lot of mechanics and ways to improve the accuracy and velocity of my throws,” said Lehmann. “These new mechanics will help get rid of my habits of throwing with all arm and using no footwork at times.”
Lehmann said he hopes his preparations lead him towards reaching his individual goals of being an All-State QB and breaking a couple more records.
Individual records are not the most important thing for Lehmann, though.
Lehmann said he has high hopes for the Little Giants as they prepare to take the gridiron in 2018.
“I want to get a playoff win for the first time in school history,” said Lehmann.
To get to that point, Lehmann knows that he’s going to need to be a strong role model for his younger teammates and a leader among his peers.
“Leadership to me is the ability to control your team no matter what the situation is and being able to account for any of the team’s actions,” Lehmann said. “I plan on being more vocal and making sure everyone knows what they are doing, and if anyone has a question I want to always provide the right answer for them.”
As Lehmann and the Little Giants prepare for the season, Lehmann strong believes his team will show signs of improvement.
“I believe that we could be a top team in the TRAC,” said Lehmann. “Our defense will be amazing this year and our offense will still be very effective and hard to stop. The team definitely has the capability of playing in the playoffs.”
The Little Giants were 3-4 in the TRAC in 2017 and finished tied for fourth with Oregon Clay and Findlay and just missed the playoffs by one spot.
Losses against Findlay and non-conference Sandusky left a sour taste in the mouths of Lehmann and the Little Giants.
“Personally, I have two games circled,” said Lehmann. “Sandusky and Findlay. Sandusky, we should’ve easily won, but a late game mistake happened on a punt and they drove down the field and caught two ‘Hail-Mary’s’ to win. Findlay, we came back from a 21-point deficit and lost in triple overtime.”
Ross fell 16-15 to the Blue Streaks in Week three and to the Trojans 55-49 a week later.
The Little Giants will travel to Sandusky on September 7th and will host Findlay on September 14th after opening the season at Springfield in week one and hosting Sylvania Southview in week two.
“The team needs to learn how to stay positive when we are down in a game and to never give up no matter what the score is,” Lehmann said.
Lehmann, who said he wants to continue his football career in college and the NFL knows he has a long way to go, but firmly believes he has a legit chance.
“The NFL has always been a goal for me ever since I was little,” said Lehmann. “Many people think I’m crazy for thinking that, but I think I could do it if I put my mind to it.”
In the meantime, Lehmann is focused on his final season and leaving a legacy in purple and white.
“I would like to be remembered as one of the best players to come through here and be up there with Charles Woodson,” Lehmann said. “Hopefully, some day be inducted to the Ross Hall-of-Fame.”
Even of those dreams aren’t met, Lehmann will definitely be remembered for his passion for his community.
“I also want to be known as someone that’s always helped in the community and helped others before myself,” said Lehmann. “You will never know how much one thing can impact someone’s life.”