East Chicago Central Cardinals
Inside the Cardinals
Last season: 7-4
Returning starters: 13 (8 defensive), (5 offensive)
Returning offensive leader
Martayveus Carter, Jr., RB/WR: 69 rushes for 933 yards, 13 TDs; 16 catches for 413 yards, 5 TDs.
Returning defensive leader
Martayveus Carter, Jr., LB: 136 tackles, 4 sacks, 23 tackles for loss.
Jalen Alston, Sr., TE/DL: "Last year was his first year of playing football and he made the Junior All-State Team with 14 sacks!" coach Stacy Adams said. "Carries a 3.40 GPA and excels on and off the field. He took a backseat to the upperclassmen last year, watched and learned."
He's got next
Anthony Hunt, Jr., RB/LB: "When he talks, everyone listens. He's one of those dedicated kids who's been showing up consistently for workouts since his freshman year," Adams said.
The Times' breakdown
Once again, there is no shortage of blue-chip athletes as the Cardinals continue building a football tradition under coach Stacy Adams. RB/LB Martayveus Carter should once again dominate on both sides of the ball. DL Jalen Alston, at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, is Central's new Sack Master. CB Demetris Cousins, a solid defender in man coverage at 6-1, had 58 tackles and two picks last season. He attended the Ball State Camp — by invitation — and had scouts talking. Junior OL/DL Christian Guerrero is a load at 6-7, 280. QB Carlos Fernandez attempted only two passes last season and must fill the big shoes of 2012 grad Everett Coleman. OL/DL Keon Brown returns after collecting 45 tackles and two sacks as a sophomore.
— Al Hamnik