MICHIGAN CITY

Scouting the 2013 Michigan City Wolves Football Team

2013-08-23T00:00:00Z Scouting the 2013 Michigan City Wolves Football Team nwitimes.com
August 23, 2013 12:00 am

Michigan City Wolves

Inside the Wolves

Last season: 2-8

Returning starters: 15 (9 offensive, 6 defensive)

Returning offensive leader

Ryan Washington, Jr., QB/DB

Returning defensive leader

Java Oliver, Sr., TE/DE

Everybody's All-American

Ryan Washington, Jr., QB/DB. The junior quarterback has always had the talent. Now Washington has the experience after starting the last two seasons. Coach Michael Karpinski believes this is the year that everything comes together for his signal caller. "Ryan is coming into the huddle with more confidence and a higher maturity level," Karpinski said. "The seniors are starting to respect that."

He's got next

James Lane, Jr., RB/LB. Lane played a handful of snaps last year but spent most of his sophomore season on the J.V. squad. "James was limited last year, but he's had a good camp and we expect quite a bit running the ball this year," Karpinski said.

The Times' breakdown

The Wolves pulled off a huge upset last season, knocking off Lake Central 20-16 in Week 6. Just as Michigan City looked poised to finish the season strong, the Wolves failed to win another game. Such was life with a sophomore quarterback. Washington is back for his third year running the offense and the junior expects big things from the Wolves this season. "It's all about us being accountable now," Washington said. "I feel like we're ready to make that next step and to represent this community." Washington will have some help in the way of senior receiver Logan Kaletha. The pair developed an impressive chemistry last season and will look to put up prolific numbers this fall. Java Oliver and Anthony Lemon will guide a defense that must improve on the 28.8 points per game the Wolves allowed last season. — Paul Oren

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