Inside the Bombers
Last season: 6-6
Returning starters: 19 (10 offense, 9 defense)
Returning offensive leader
Eli Isom, Sr., RB. 116 carries, 663 yards rushing, 8 TDs.
Returning defensive leader
Ab Kiger, Jr., LB. 100 tackles, 4 interceptions, 1½ sacks.
Ab Kiger, Jr., WR/LB. Kiger is the Bombers best two-way player, but he might miss a game or two at the start with a minor injury. “He was junior all-state as a sophomore,” coach Chris Meeks said.
He's got next
Dylan Wright, Jr., QB/DB. Wright led the JV team to an undefeated season in '12. “He’s put his time in, and he’s ready to lead our offense,” Meeks said.
The Times' breakdown
Veteran coach Meeks believes his charges grew by leaps and bounds toward the end of last season as the Bombers made a run for a sectional title, losing by a touchdown at Andrean. Six sophomores started on defense in that game. “My big thing is, our kids were very young that night, and we went and competed very hard in a tough environment,” Meeks said. “We have used the offseason to our advantage, and we’ve felt like we’ve gotten a whole lot better.” Isom, a talented running back returns, while Wright steps in to run multiple-attack behind a big offensive line. “(Wright) throws the ball extremely well,” Meeks said. “We have a lot of kids that a lot of people don’t know about unless you watched us at the end of the year last year.” Last season’s youth movement should pay off immensely with a veteran team on both sides of the ball. The Bombers will hit the field with 12 seniors, and Meeks believes the talent level is high. More importantly, he said the team has great team chemistry. “It’s just a good feel out here at practice,” he said. “The best word to describe it is, we’re very optimistic.”
— Christopher Breach