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Football unofficially kicks off with scrimmages

Southwood's Gabe Lloyd (left) carries the ball while avoiding a defender during the Knights' sectional game against Caston last fall.

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@wabashplaindealer.com

The 2019 football season will unofficially start across the state with scrimmages kicking off this Friday. While all four Wabash County schools will participate in scrimmages, only one school - Manchester - will be at home on Friday.

 

Manchester vs. Triton, 6 p.m.

The Squires will certainly have one big hole to fill in the backfield with the loss of Delton Moore to graduation from last year’s team. However, Manchester does welcome back signal-caller Devin Marcum and wideout Trey Clark.

Manchester will have plenty of size up front on both sides of the line with four senior offensive linemen and three senior defensive linemen. A talented and deep roster for head coach Greg Miller could lend itself to a strong start in Friday’s home scrimmage.

 

Northfield at Wes-Del, 7 p.m.

Unlike Manchester, the Northfield football team will have much to replace from last season’s team. Wideouts Cole Rosen and Jared Peas and lineman Daniel Driscoll and Jasper Donaldson all graduated from last year’s team.

However, both Levi Fulkerson and Clayton Tomlinson played quarterback last season and return to this year’s Norse squad. Fullbacks Braden Ripplinger and Jarret Shafer as well as wideout Graydon Holmes all return, giving the Norse a potential nucleus to build around this season.

 

Southwood at Cass, 7 p.m.

Southwood has a mixture of both key returners and key losses. Four of the five starters of last season’s offensive line graduated from last year’s team. However, every skill position player returns to the Knights, led by running back Gabe Lloyd.

Last season, Lloyd racked up 1,756 yards on the ground. Wideouts Logan Barley, Jackson Simons and Tristin Hayslett as well as quarterback Alex Farr all return this season, bringing plenty of attack to the fold this fall for Southwood.

 

Wabash at LaVille, 6:30 p.m.

Last fall was a growing season for the Wabash football team under first-year head coach Adam Handley. The loss of quarterback Jared Holley, who suffered a leg injury during baseball in the spring that will sideline him this season, will also hurt the Apaches.

The returns of Kallen Kelsheimer and Payton Sodervick will give the Apaches weapons offensively while the bulk of last season’s young offensive and defensive lines return with a year of experience under their belt.