The Strafford Indians are reloaded and ready for a deep playoff run, featuring a slew of speedy receivers and junior quarterback Jacob Wade.
HEAD COACH: Tim Hester
2011 RECORD: 7-4, 2nd in Mid Lakes Conference, lost to MV-BT/Liberty in class 2 regionals
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jacob Wade (Sr. QB), Jacob Shoemaker (Sr. RB), Brandon Foley (Sr. WR), Dalton Taylor (So. WR/FS), Brady Collier (So.WR/SS), Dallas Hester (So. WR)
The Strafford Indians narrowly missed out on a share of the Mid Lakes Conference title last season, but are reloaded with experience and ready to make a run in 2012.
The Indians return 9 starters on both offense and defense. The offense will center around 6’3”, 230 pound junior quarterback Jacob Wade. Wade is a pocket style passer with a huge arm and improved footwork. He threw for 1,600 yards last season and is ready for a breakout season this fall.
“He’s going to play at the next level in college,” said Hester. “He’s got an awesome opportunity to put some numbers up, especially with those 4 receivers that can all catch the ball.”
Wade will have a plethora of options on offense. That talented foursome of receivers is made up of sophomore speedsters Dalton Taylor, Brady Collier, and Dallas Hester, along with senior Brandon Foley. Senior Jacob Shomaker also returns in the back field, and will look to fill the shoes of 2-year starter James Grass.
The one area of concern the Indians may have is depth and experience on the offensive line. But many believe this is the Indians’ year to make a deep playoff run.
“If we don’t put this together and go out and play it won’t work,” said Hester. So hopefully when we go out week 1 and play Hollister we can show it.”