WR/CB Teddy Robb (6-1, 205, Sr.), WR/S Tony Stover (6-3, 205, Sr.), QB Jimmy Shiplett (6-3, 200, Sr.), WR Paul Hensley (6-4, 190, Sr.), OT Tony Barkey (6-5, 315, Sr.), OT Corey Fuller (6-3, 300, Sr.), RB/LB Brice Griffin (5-8, 205, Sr.), LB Mark Gauer (6-1, 205, Sr.), K Chris Koy (6-1, 175, Sr.), C Nate Klatt (6-5, 280, Jr.), TE Tim Cailett (6-6, 235, Jr.)
2006 Record: 6-5, 6-1 Northeastern Buckeye Conference; lost to Cambridge, 27-14, in regional quarterfinals)
The Indians’ success will revolve around their offense. Robb runs a 4.4 40-yard dash while Stover wields a 4.6 time. Robb has 88 receptions for 1,337 and 11 TDs in his career.
“Offensively, we’ve got a good mixture,” said the nine-year head coach. “We have a good balance and will not have to rely on the running or passing game. We’ll be able to take what the defense gives us.
“With a group that was so young last year, it really helped us grow up. We return nine starters on offense and have four returning on defense. We’ll also be able to rotate a lot of other kids too. I think we should be solid on offense, defense and in the kicking game,” he added.
With so many good teams in Region 11, Whiting would go as far as to say his team is one of the top favorites, despite the fact that it has reached the playoffs the past six seasons.
“There are a lot of very good teams in our region,” he commented. “I think so many teams are as good as they were last year or even better.
“I think the kids in this program expect major things every year. This group has never not been in the playoffs. There is a tradition here and they expect it. Often, the talent and experience you face dictates your success. Going into the season, we’re just going to take care of ourselves.”
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|10/12/2007||Beloit West Branch||III|
|10/19/2007||@ Alliance Marlington||III|