PREVIEW 2016: CENTER GROVE TROJANS
Coach Eric Moore and the Trojans ended a perfect season with a 28-16 triumph over Penn in the Class 6A state title game. This win capped off a 14-0 season for the Trojans. The pieces are still in place for a repeat for Moore and the Trojans. First Moore will have to replace some key graduation losses in: QB Joe Siderwicz, DL Jovan Swann (Stanford), DL Cameron Tidd (Vanderbilt), OL John Richardson, LB Jack Sodrel and RB Jackson Hohlt
RB Titus McCoy burst onto the scene as a freshmen. Last season he rushed for 1912 yards and 28 touchdowns. McCoy has over 3200 career rushing yards already.
It is hard to call a player as talented and experienced as Russ Yeast as a breakout player. The Transfer from Fremont Ross in Ohio is new to Center Grove. Yeast recently de-committed from Kentucky. He has offers from Auburn, Iowa and Indiana among others. Yeast is versatile and capable of playing RB, WR or DB. Expect the ball to be in his hands.
Junior TE Cory Heinrichs (6-4, 255) figures to become a more viable target for CG as well as on the radar of D1 schools.
When you play in the MIC they are all key games. The usual matchups with Carmel, Ben Davis and Warren Central are huge. Add a week 9 non-conference matchup with state power Cathedral.
SCOUTING THE: TROJANS POSITION BY POSITION
The biggest question mark will be who replaces Siderwicz at quarterback. Senior Jack Kellams and junior Grant Bauer figure to battle it out.
Having standout Titus McCoy entering his 4th year as a starter is great place to start. Adding in Russ Yeast will give the Trojans a duo threat that no one else will be able to stop. There will also be other talented ball carriers with seniors Trevor Hohlt (351 yards), Triston Clark (244 yards) and Ethan Huntzinger also returning,
Cory Heinrichs brings back 11 receptions at tight end. Look for the running backs to catch a ton of passes again. Wide Receivers Trent Line, Don Mason and Grant Mason also could factor in. Sophomore TE Lucas Doyle (6-5, 255) is one to keep an eye on.
A tough and talented line returns four starters. Tackles Clay Hadley and Ethan Hart join Nick Davis at guard and Bailey Smith at center. Juniors A.J. Snow and Justin Tolle are top candidates to earn time.
This might be the most inexperienced position group for the Trojans. Senior Dan Root (37 tackles including 8.5 for loss) is the lone starter back at DE. Seniors Parker Ferguson (6-6, 265) with 13 tackles, Zach Wells (6-5, 240) with 8 tackles and Seth Fernando (6-2, 255) will give CG some beef up front.
The Trojans return a great duo on Bailey Bennett (6-2, 225) and Nick Arbuckle (6-2, 255) in their 4-3 setup. Last season Bennett had 65 tackles and Arbuckle had 44 tackles. Looking to join them will be senior Sam Bolin, juniors Cole Williams and Austin Damming as will sophomore Cam Petty.
Senior Logan Bontrager (44 tackles) and junior Grant Bauer (31 tackles) are experienced in the secondary.
There is little to no doubt that the Trojans will be one of if not the best teams again in Indiana. The addition of Russ Yeast gives the Trojans another weapon. The kicking game will need to be replaced as both kicker Nathanael Snyder and punter Drew Conrad will play for the Indiana Hoosiers.