PREVIEW 2016: WARREN CENTRAL WARRIORS
The Warriors enter the fourth season of Jayson West era. Last season Warren started and ended the season with losses to eventual 6A State Champion Center Grove. The 2016 WC edition is loaded at the skill positions. The Warriors finished 3rd in the recent National 7 on 7 Tournament. The biggest issue is replacing their entire offensive line and finding a feature running back.
Quarterback Zach Summeier and DB Dijon Anderson are two of the state's best football players. College recruiters need to re-evaluate them. They again figure to lead a potent Warren Team.
This could very well be whoever takes over for Jaylen Coe at running back. At this point we might not know who that is.
Wide Receiver David Bell broke onto the season as a freshman. Bell caught 35 passes for 649 yards as a freshman. No wonder he is one of the nation's highly regarded sophomores. He already has D1 offers.
When you are in the MIC every game is big. For good measure Warren has Cincinnati powerhouses Colerain and St. Xavier on the schedule.
SCOUTING THE: WARRIORS POSITION BY POSITION
Last season Zach Summeier threw for 2087 yards and 13 touchdowns. In last year's pre-season he had to hold off Tristen Tonte for the job. Tonte returns as both a backup QB and receiver. The understudy for the spot is sophomore Jayden George.
There will be a headline maker in this group. The question is who? Will it be senior Anthony Maclin or how about a junior in Jason Holland or Aaron McClendon. Maybe sophomore Romeir Elliott could be the guy.
David Bell, offer from Indiana, returns to lead this group. Seniors Paul Minor (31 receptions)
and Tristen Tonte (11 catches) join junior Dean Tate (10 receptions) to give the Warriors an explosive receiving core. For good measure add in Lawrence Central move in Dominique Tyler who hauled in 18 passes last season. Speedy juniors Dajour Griffie and Brian Glenn add more speed.
Graduation wiped this position group right out. Sophomore Justin Britt (6-4, 267) had a breakout summer and earned an offer from IU, Juniors Sean Wyatt, Mitch Durnil and Darren Spaulding figure to be candidates along with seniors Josh Combs and Jon Ingram.
A player I definitely overlooked in my 2018 rankings was junior DE Trent Taylor. Seniors Blade Lambrou, D'Andre Rose, Darius Moore and Jamel Mason will battle with Lawrence Central move in Devon Miller (32 tackles).
Solid senior Damon Wesley (34 tackles) is joined by highly regarded junior Jalen Stringer (24 tackles) in the WC 3-4 alignment, Junior Nigel Dobbs as well as seniors Trace Wellman and Mike Jones are top candidates here.
Dijon Anderson (59 tackles) leads this group Seniors Terrell Anderson (16 tackles), Anthony Maclin (24 tackles) and Darien Rivers (22 tackles) are also joined by D1 prospect Julius Brents (21 stops) as experienced players in the secondary. Transfer Mike Tutsie (58 tackles) is another standout joining the Warriors
Warren Central's skill players will thrive. The key is how fast a young offensive line jells. If they step up the sky is the limit here. Look for the Warriors to compete with anybody.