FORT WAYNE – They havent lost a NHC game since 2010. Its been seven years since they failed to win at least a piece of the conference title. So, yeah, that bulls-eye must once again be the size of Jupiter on the backs of the Homestead Spartans.
The difference this time is there seems to be a tug of war over it.
Isnt that right, Tyler Hands?
Yeah, I think theres a bulls-eye on our back, Carrolls senior defensive end says. Every teams coming for us.
And if that discounts the Spartans 7-0 traipse through the conference last year – and their 49-27 win over the Chargers along the way – its also an acknowledgment that the Chargers come back loaded from a 10-3 season in which they beat perennial Class 5A power Penn on the way to a sectional championship. And its an acknowledgment that the bulls-eye-on-Homesteads-back narrative is perhaps more about the past than the present – at least at present.
Its a compliment to say that, but it really doesnt have anything to do with the guys were working with this year, Homestead coach Chad Zolman says.
Were going to be very young as far as starters returning from last years squad. I think everybody knows what Carrolls got and everybody knows what East Nobles got; Im not sure anybody knows what weve got since we graduated so many kids.
Carroll, on the other hand, has Purdue recruit Drue Tranquill and a host of others coming back. And East Noble, which won five of its last seven games to finish 7-3 behind second-year coach Luke Amstutzs potent spread offense, will again be a handful after averaging 39.7 points last year.
I think its going to be a tough conference as usual, Zolman says. From top to bottom, its going to be a pretty competitive conference.
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