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Halderman to play football at Taylor

Joe Halderman signs a letter of intent to continue his football career at Taylor University. Looking on are his parent Kari and Howard Halderman. 

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

As a freshman at Northfield High School, Joe Halderman approached coach Brandon Baker and asked what he needed to do to play for the Norse.


“I just want to play varsity,” Baker said Monday, April 16, recalling the conversation. “I told him, ‘We’re going to be short lineman in a couple of years. He said, ‘I’ll do it.’ And that’s how he became a lineman. He just wanted to be on the field.”


The hard work and effort paid off for Halderman, who on Monday signed a letter of intent to continue his football career at Taylor University.


“He made himself into a heck of a football player,” Baker said. “He’s worked hard in the off season. He’s worked hard during the season. He works in the weight room.


“It’s fun to watch him take the next step.”


Halderman recalled the conversation with Baker.


“I wanted to be on the field,” he said. “I thought the best way to do that is to talk with the head coach. He’s been such a great influence on me. I’ve loved having him as a head coach.”


While at Northfield, Halderman played defensive end, left offensive tackle and long snapper.


He was first in Class A in tackles for loss with 28.5, and also had 90 total tackles during his senior season.


As a senior, Halderman served as team captain and helped lead the Norse to a 7-3 record, making the 2018 senior class the winning class in Northfield football history.


Accolades came to Halderman in droves his senior year. He was named an All Region 5 defensive end, as well as Class A First Team All-State defensive end.


He also was named to the Three Rivers Conference first team as a defensive end and was a TRC Academic honorable mention. Halderman also was named to the All-Wabash County first team as a defensive end and second team as an offensive tackle.


During his junior  year, he received Class A All State honorable mention honors as a defensive end, and Class A Junior All State honors, also at defensive end.


He was named to the TRC first team as a defensive end, and received TRC Academic honorable mention. He was also named to the All-Wabash County first team as a defensive end and second team as an offensive tackle.


“I am excited to attend Taylor University, major in business management and play football for the Trojans,” Halderman said. “The family atmosphere at Taylor combined with the Christian foundation attracted me to the university.


“I chose coach Korfmacher and his program because of the connection I felt with the coaching staff and players combined with their past success.”


Taylor finished the 2017 season with a 4-6 overall record, 2-4 in the Mid-States Football Association.
 

Posted on 2018 Apr 17