Senior quarterback Brady Nichols saw limited action last season but Woodard said “he has been in the program for a long time and I’m looking forward to him having a great senior year.”
As targets, Garrett Patton, Kris Clark and Ricardo Dubecky each return with varsity experience. Gabe Burkhardt comes back at the tight end position.
Tyler Garzinski, Edwin Harris, Bobby Jensen and Kyle Roy each have started a year on the offensive line and should provide a good push up front for the Quakers.
“Anytime you have experience at these positions it’s extremely beneficial,” Woodard said.
Defensively, Plainfield returns five starters, but has changed the terminology while working different coverages and alignments.
“(Terminology) has been a growing pain for the defense,” Woodard said.
Woodard pointed to Grayson Goodbar (DE), Evan Schneider (LB) and Josh Miller (DB) as his defensive leaders at each level.
The Quakers will need to work through some issues with depth on their line and some inexperience at key offensive positions and grow together as a team to achieve their goals for the season.
Woodard said the team wants to play for championships and have success in the postseason.
Cathedral finally was moved from Plainfield’s sectional due to the new IHSAA rule, but Indianapolis Chatard, a perennial football powerhouse, replaced the Irish.
“I’m used to talking about sectional No. 13 or No. 14 and now we’re No. 22 so that is a change as well,” Woodard said. “However, what hasn’t changed is a very competitive sectional that will be a meat-grinder for anyone to come through.”
Going into his second season, Cadets coach Jason Thompson has seen increased participation and enthusiasm within the program.
“One thing that has definitely changed is the number of players we will have this year,” Thompson said. “We had 37 at the end of last season, and we will start the season with 47. The summer went really well, attendance was good and we were able to get a lot accomplished.”