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Football season kicks off with scrimmages

RUN: Wabash's Devin Higdon escapes the pocket during a game last season for the Apaches.

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@wabashplaindealer.com

Football season unofficially begins tonight with all four Wabash County teams taking part in scrimmages, showcasing the new-look rosters for the first time this fall.

 

Southwood vs. Cass, 7 p.m.

After a record-breaking season that led to a Three Rivers Conference (TRC) title and a second-straight sectional title, the Knights will look much different from last season. Running back Gabe Lloyd will return after rushing for 1,000 yards last season, but Southwood will be tasked with replacing last season’s quarterback and top two wide receivers.

Defensively, standouts Elijah Sutton, Cameron Ball and Dillion Filip will return to provide the defense with some punch this season once again.

 

Northfield vs. Wes-Del, 7 p.m.

With back-to-back TRC title games in the rearview mirror, the Norse football team will also look much different from last season. While quarterback Levi Fulkerson returns under center, an entirely new cast of weapons around him will create a learning curve for the Norse this season.

Defensive, the Norse lost the top four tacklers from last season and five of the top six. The top returnee, Braden Ripplinger, will be joined by the likes of Cole Rosen and Jared Peas as the top likely contributors this season on both sides of the ball.

 

Wabash vs. LaVille, 7 p.m.

The Apache football team underwent the most changes heading into 2018 with head coach Adam Handley taking over. On the field, Wabash returns the bulk of last season’s team that finished 3-8 on the season.

Wide receiver Logan Vander Velden, running back Kallen Kelsheimer and quarterback Devin Higdon will lead the Apaches this season as they look to rebound from last year’s down season.

Defensively, Justin Samons and Blake Wiser both return for 2018 after having standout 2017 campaign along with safety Jared Holley.

 

Manchester at Triton, 6 p.m.

Another program tasked with replacing a quarterback, the Manchester football team heads into the fall season with Devin Marcum under center. The junior appeared in five games last season with one start, tossing a pair of touchdowns and three interceptions in 39 passes.

Running back Delton Moore and wideout Trey Clark return for the Squires, giving the offense multiple weapons.

On the defensive side, Braden Fortner returns to the secondary after finishing second in tackles last season for Manchester.