Northwest has made the playoffs each of the last seven years for 11th year head coach Vic Whiting.
Division III AP poll champion and a regional finalist from a season ago, the Indians return 12 starters and 22 lettermen from last year’s team and look to make a push for the postseason once again.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
C Nate Klatt (6-4, 290, Sr.), G Dennie Ardman (6-2, 260, Sr.), G/DT Jordan Pellikan (6-0, 270, Sr.), TB/DE Danny Beers (5-10, 205, Sr.), Frankie Steen (5-10, 205, Sr.), TE Tim Caillet (6-6, 235, Sr.), TB/DB Evan Bach (5-10, 180, Jr.), LB Bobby Schilling (6-0, 210, Jr.), FB/DE Frankie Steen (5-10, 205, Sr.).
Northwest has made the playoffs each of the last seven years under 11th year head coach Vic Whiting.
Division III AP poll champion and a regional finalist from a season ago, the Indians return 12 starters and 22 lettermen on the heels of last year’s 12-1 campaign and are in good position to make the postseason once again.
“That will provide an excellent nucleus to build the 2008 season,” Whiting said.
Klatt was a first team All-Ohio selection and verbally committed to Michigan State in early July.
Beers rushed for 1,014 yards and 17 touchdowns with Steen and Bach combining for close to 700 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Caillet reeled in five catches for 173 yards three touchdowns.
Schilling tallied 80 tackles on defense and Bach had 68 tackles with an interception.
“Graduation has hit us hard, however, we have many good athletes that are prepared to step into the shoes of last year’s seniors,” Whiting said. “If we reload quickly, especially at quarterback and receiver, we have a chance to make a run at our team’s goals – the (Northern Buckeye Conference) title and the playoffs.”
Special teams is a concern for Whiting heading into the season with the graduation of kicker Chris Koy.
“The most critical phase of the game to rebuild our kicking game,” he said.
Northwest opens the season against Orrville, Akron Firestone and Chardon before diving into a brutal NBC schedule that includes 2007 D-II state runner-up Louisville and playoff qualifiers Canton South and Beloit West Branch.
“We have three tough non-league game – all three are annual playoff contenders – and our league is loaded with great teams,” said Whiting.
8/29 Akron Firestone
9/5 at Chardon
9/19 at Canton South
9/26 at Minerva
10/10 at Beloit West Branch
10/17 Alliance Marlington