Bishop Noll Warriors
Inside the Warriors
Last season: 5-6
Returning starters: 8 (4 offense, 4 defense)
Returning offensive leader
Anthony Mayers, Sr., RB. 980 rushing, 15 TDs.
Returning defensive leader
Elijah Golumbeck, Sr., LB. 95 tackles.
Anthony Mayers, Sr., RB. He's very strong and able to break tackles. Mayers combines that strength with quickness and can make tacklers miss.
He's got next
Nick Thrasher, Jr., QB. Right now, Thrasher is leading the battle to start at QB. "He's a very good athlete who is learning to play quarterback. He's going to get better and better the more he learns," coach Mike Juscik said.
The Times' breakdown
Last season, the Warriors started 0-3 and won five of their last eight games. They lost to Winamac 14-10 in the second round of sectional and were stopped on fourth down and one yard to go with less than a minute remaining in the game. "We walked away from that game knowing we were close and have something to build on," Juscik said. "Winning down the stretch and feeling what winning is like has helped these guys. I hope we build on that this year with the consistency of how you work everyday." The Warriors have athleticism this season, a big difference from 2012. Juscik is excited to see what athletic players in Jahari Davis, Vernard Whitfield, Elijah Golumbeck, Thrasher and Mayers can bring to both sides of the ball. Having that many options on offense can only benefit the Warriors. "If any of those guys touches the ball, I really don't care," Juscik said. "To me, that's a nice thing. We've got some good athletes that we can spread the ball around to. They all play defense, and athletically they can run around."
-- Matt Douthett