Boone Grove Wolves
Inside the Wolves
Last season: 1-9
Returning starters: 13 (7 offense, 6 defense)
Returning offensive leader
Dean Hill, Sr., QB. (87-217-17 passing, 1,318 yards, 16 TDs)
Returning defensive leader
Alan Espino, Jr., LB. (70 tackles)
Cody Poynter, Sr., RB-DB. Poynter accounted for 1,005 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns last season despite having a young line in front of him. He's been a playmaker from the first time he put on a Wolves uniform and at 170 pounds, now has some physicality to his game. He's also a key player on defense as a linebacker-defensive back hybrid and a threat on special teams.
He's got next
Garrett Glisk, Jr., OL-DL. The good thing about the Wolves being young up front is they're all back this season. The quasi-veteran group will be anchored by the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Glisk. "He's just a load," Tinkel said.
The Times' breakdown (6-10 sentences)
It's Year Two of varsity ball for the Wolves, and Tinkel expects the team to make big strides. "It all depends on the bounce of the ball," he said. "I believe we could win up to eight games, maybe more. We just need a little bit of good fortune. I can see this team setting the precedent for the future." Tinkel's projections may be a tad ambitious, but a run at .500 isn't out of the question. Most of the seniors (13) remain from the first Boone team of 2009. "We got to play (varsity) last year. That was our No. 1 goal," Tinkel said. "We're not new any more. Now our goal is to compete." To do so, the Wolves will have to cut down on their mistakes and tighten up defensively, where they allowed 38.6 points per game. "The key is going to be our linemen," Tinkel said. "Our defensive ends have to step up. Our whole scheme is based on what they do and they didn't contain well. We've got to stay in our spots and make plays." — Jim Peters