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Football Set to Kick-off Another Impressive Season

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Another season of  Warrior football is set to begin as the Warriors look to do great things, following an amazing run last year. They enter the season ranked number one in the state and 22nd nationally, picking things up where they left off.

Following a nearly perfect start last season, the Warriors finished 10-2 and were crowned champions of MIC. This officially established them as a national powerhouse, easily sweeping one of the toughest and most competitive athletic conferences in the state. The young and talented roster is on the right track to do big things.

“The only difference between this season and last season is we are coming in with experience and knowing what to expect,’’ said quarterback Jayden George.

A very experienced offense will be a key to success on the Warriors’ mission.

“Offensively we feel really confident in what we are doing with a lot of returning starters,” said George.

The Warriors will be led by returning wide receiver David Bell, who is coming off an outstanding sophomore year, putting up historic numbers, and  catching nearly 70 passes for 1,200 yards along with 17 touchdowns.

Bell was selected as a preseason junior All-American. He is set to put up huge numbers as he builds onto his impressive resume. Along with David Bell, the Warriors are returning many key contributors on the offensive end including seniors Dean Tate and Daijour Griffie. They were both a huge part in the success of last season combining for over 1,000 yards receiving. They are looking to make an immediate impact as the main targets for junior quarterback Jayden George. Also watch out for an attacking run game featuring a duo of senior running back Jason Holland and junior running back Romeir Elliott.

“Elliot is quick, powerful, and will be very hard to bring down in the open field. He’s gonna have a breakout season,” said wide receiver Jordan Hodge.

Every offense needs a tough defense to win and that is what the warriors are trying to produce.

“Defense will be playing with an extra chip on their shoulders because we lost most of our starters,” said defensive end Kyshawn Parks.

An entirely new defense will be led by senior defensive back, Julius Brents,  who is coming in this year as a 3 year starter.  Brents is one of the top players in the state and is in the conversation for Indiana’s Mr. Football. He is being scouted by Michigan State, Louisville, and Iowa, among others.

Look for senior Nigel Dobbs to make a huge impact as he put up 71 tackles last season which was third most on the team. Senior Trent Taylor will also  be a player to watch, he put up 35 tackles and three sacks his junior year.

The highly anticipated season opener will kick off tonight against MIC rival Center Grove. This is a team the Warriors are very familiar with.

“Our motivation comes from last year’s game against Center Grove,’’ said running back Jason Holland.

Center Grove has cut the Warriors’ state  championship hopes short the last two years. This is more motivation for the team heading into the game. This game is the start to a tough schedule down the road for the Warriors. But this game, or any tough game, will not affect the ultimate mission for this team as a whole.

“The mission is to win state, plain and simple,” running back Elliott said.

Look for the black and gold to come into the season with vengeance as they start another tough campaign to become state champions for the ninth time in school history.

 
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