Avon returns Griffith, Ryan Bradley and Gabe Lakstins to the secondary and each return with varsity experience. Bless also said Drew Shayotovich and Nick Handlon will both see time in the secondary.
Senior kicker Nyles Edwards won a couple of important games with his foot last season for the Orioles and returns with a wealth of experience and confidence.
“Nyles has demonstrated is ability for the last two years as a solid punter and kicker for us,” Bless said.
With the new 6A Class that was formed in the offseason, Avon was placed into a very difficult sectional. County and conference rival Brownsburg along with Pike and Ben Davis make up the four-team sectional.
“Our sectional is what it is,” Bless said. “There wasn’t much you could do with sorting out these four schools. The problem is, it might be the toughest sectional in the state. It will be extremely challenging.”
After recording winning records in his first five seasons with Plainfield, coach Brian Woodard posted a losing record in 2011 and the Quakers finished 5-5 last season.
Will this be the year Plainfield gets back above .500?
“I certainly hope so,” Woodard said. “I think every coach goes into the season with a great deal of hope and optimism, however, our main focus is being prepared for Columbus North in Week 1.
“The most important factor for us looking ahead is simply staying healthy. That has been the biggest issue we’ve faced in the past two seasons.”
Workhorse running back Auggie Blevins, who rushed for over 1,400 yards and 11 touchdowns, is gone and replacing his production will be at the forefront of the Quakers’ tasks.
“You hope the ‘next man up’ style of program building and thinking pays off,” Woodard said.
Backs Josh Miller and Jacob Maple along with fullbacks Drew Thomas and Tristan Southwood will try to fill that void.