Three county schools look to defend their conference crowns from a season ago, but with new personnel for each of them, it’s a whole new ballgame. Sectional realignment has also shaken things up for each school, making for what should make for an interesting and unique postseason.
Coming off the program’s third nine-win season in the last four years, Bulldogs coach Brett Comer has plenty of new faces in what he calls a “program year,” one that he hopes will display its depth.
“This year our team has a new feel with several key players getting their first chance under the bright lights,” said Comer, who enters his eighth season at the helm. “It will be exciting but a great challenge to maintain our high level of play.”
Brownsburg returns seven offensive starters, including fullback Toks Akinribade, who ran for 889 yards and 13 touchdowns as a freshman last year.
“We are very aware that teams now know who wears No. 44 for us and they will game-plan to stop him,” Comer said. “However, when defending our offense, that is where most teams start regardless of who is manning the fullback position.”
After earning all-conference at outside linebacker last year, Jacob Lambert will start at quarterback.
“He has worked very hard this summer to regain his confidence in running our offense and has done well,” Comer said. “Jacob is more of a runner than passer, but certainly has the ability to throw the ball for us as well.”
Other primary offensive contributors are running backs Devontae Allen, Daniel Ferguson and Tyler Welch; wideouts Isaiah Hightower, Jalen Hall and Michael Klayer; and linemen Evan Mallory, Dustin Dowers, Jake Shelley, Kent Craig, Bryce Tolle and Justin Davis.
Five starters are back from a defense that gave up just eight points per game last season. On the line are Nathan Ramsey, Mac Dutra, Colton Voyles, Justin Lazaro and Brandon Webber. At linebacker are Zach Carlson, Avery Holmes, Riley Isch, Johnny Dotlich, Stone Neese and Brooks Bireley. Manning the secondary are Jamar Conway, Brad Guilinger, Mike McCoy, Connor Nichols, Caleb Cooley and Tyler Kirtz.