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At home in the secondary

Josh Treimer and his fellow starting defensive backs spend a lot of time together off the field as well.
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A team that works well together wins together. And apparently, living together doesn’t hurt either.

That’s what four of Bethel’s defensive backs have found out this season.

Josh Treimer, Dan Leidall, Matt Mehlhorn and Mark Torppey – the Royals’ opening week starters at both cornerback spots and safety positions – are all roommates and have learned that their strong relationship off the field has benefited Bethel’s football team on Saturdays.

“It's not really, ‘we’re defensive backs, we got to live together,’ ” Treimer explained. “I think we just kind of gravitated toward each other. We have similar interests. We were able to develop some connections and, over time, that turned into pretty deep relationships.”

The four players spend the majority of their time together, except when attending classes. Although they have common interests away from the gridiron, a lot of that shared time is spent focusing on football.

“We don’t always allocate time directly for talking football. It’s one of those things that just come up in conversation,” Treimer said. “The coaches do a great job of communicating with us and relating their expectations of us. But at the same time, they grant us some freedom in different calls — who’s taking which receiver and whatnot. So we’re able to communicate that throughout the week and really get on the same page.

“Honestly, that chemistry really comes to fruition on Saturdays.”

Bethel coach Steve Johnson said the defensive backs’ living arrangement has made them a stronger group.

“Because they live together, there is a trust factor and a communication factor that translates to football,” Johnson said. “They’re making their communication an everyday deal.”

Though it’s not uncommon for teammates to also be roommates, Johnson said having key people in an entire position group is unique.

The coach also said the group is compassionate with each other and pick one another up after a tough play.

“Most guys don’t know what it’s like to get beat deep,” Johnson said with a laugh.

Johnson tipped his cap to Treimer – the lone senior in the residence – for his willingness to guide the secondary.

“There’s a cohesiveness in our group,” Johnson said. “(Treimer) is just a great leader for us. He’s a tough sucker. He’s fast, he’s bright – you know, every single thing you want your players to...

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Josh Smith covers high school and Division III athletics for the Daily Jefferson County Union in Fort Atkinson, Wis. He has won multiple awards for reporting and photography and contributes to multiple publications in addition to his duties at the Daily Union, including beginning in 2012. He graduated from UW-Whitewater with a degree in print journalism.

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2010: Tim Walsh
2003-09: Adam Johnson
1999-2000: Don Stoner 


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