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Lukas Rohrbacher is Right in the Middle of Fort Wayne Snider’s Success

Lukas Rohrbacher is Right in the Middle of Fort Wayne Snider’s Success


The gridiron is not the only place Lukas Rohrbacher has created havoc for his opponents.

He has also proven that he has some pretty good moves on the lacrosse field as well.

“I think that playing lacrosse has helped me in a lot of ways with football,” explained Rohrbacher. “For one, it helps me stay competitive in the off-season, and it also helped increase my cardio a lot and improved my footwork.”

After racking up 92 tackles a year ago to help Fort Wayne Snider earn a share of the Summit Athletic Conference crown, the 6-foot, 200-pound junior middle linebacker now has his sights set on an even bigger prize.

He would love to help the Panthers claim the program’s first sectional crown since 2018 and hopefully beyond that.

“The quarterback for the 2015 (Class 5A) state championship team, Isaac Stiebeling, lived a couple houses down from me,” Rohrbacher recalled. “I remember him talking about the team and the connection he had with his guys and that really inspired me. I would go and watch him play every Friday night.

“Now that I am a part of the team, I truly understand what he was talking about and I think that’s why we are so successful. It’s because we all share a strong bond for each other.”

So far this season, in addition to recording a team-best 73 tackles with four for loss, he also has four quarterback sacks and an interception.

“Lukas is a very athletic and physically strong young man that has developed into a very good linebacker for us,” said Fort Wayne Snider coach Kurt Tippmann. “His athleticism allows us to do a lot with him in coverage and in blitz schemes.”

Since he began playing football for his grandpa in the second grade, Rohrbacher has seen his love of the game steadily grow.

“I would say that my biggest influence in my football development has been working hard in the weight room to increase the strength and speed that I can play the game with now,” Rohrbacher said. “I’ve also done a good job of paying attention in practice and just trying to learn as…

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