If you’re like me, you can’t wait for the 2013 high school football season to arrive.DSCN3142

Morrow-mug33-112x150Kickoff 2013  begins on Aug. 23, not all that far away

So, let’s whet your appetite about the upcoming season.

Wow….Hamilton County teams could be good. Really good. Not to mention quite explosive.

Actually, Hamilton County football in general should be quite competitive.

A few teams to keep a close eye on should be Fishers and Westfield, in Class 6A and 5A, respectively, in the postseason this year. Carmel, which also boasts a lot of weapons, is in the same Sectional 4 with Fishers, Hamilton SE and Noblesville. HSE will feature a lot of speed, and Noblesville has a great deal of experience and depth.

Here’s a quick, brief look at some of the top returnees (based on 2012)  in alphabetical order:

J-Shun Harris

J-Shun Harris

■ Carmel, of course, will be strong in the running game, led by rugged junior Chris Perkins, and a stronger passing game, led by quarterback John Lampe throwing to wide receiver Austin Roberts, who has received several offers from big-time programs, including Alabama. The Greyhounds also have an outstanding lineman in Vic Roe (6-3, 245), and a top punter in Adam Kremer.

■ Fishers should have a tremendous passing game, with QB Connor Christiansen (1,739 passing yards and 14 TDs), a double threat, throwing to speedster J-Shun Harris (38 passes for 537 yards and 5 TDs), who recently decommitted  from Ball State and made a verbal commitment to Indiana University, and the Tigers’ running game should be exceptional with the 1-2 punch of Maurice Campbell and Harvey Allen. And the kicking game should be sound with the return of PK Alex Sahakian, who converted 54-of-55 PATs and was 10-of-17 on FGs. Also back is powerful tackle Drew Broughton (6-3, 260).

■ Guerin Catholic should be very competitive despite moving up to Class 3A. Back is seasoned QB Mike Myers (more than 1,600 passing yards) and all-purposes running back Drew Dehnke, who rushed for 1,000-plus yards and scored 17 TDs. Top-reception man Casey Virgin also is back in the fold. George Poppas, who also plays soccer, figures to  handle PK duties again. He booted 5 FGs in 2012.

■ Hamilton SE will have a stronger line, led by 6-5 Jimmy McCarthy, a standout receiver in speedster Cameron Polk, who committed to Louisville, who caught a school-record 97-yard TD pass from senior Ross Risley last season; and a lot of speed, led by the return of Jametrius Crockham, who rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his first 2 seasons, but missed all of 2012 with a knee injury. Crockham also will see duty at outsider linebacker. More backfield speed should come  from Hunter Hardee and Phoenix Badua. Jacob Wright, a top hurfdler, is another proven receiver. Tyler Janney received backup experience last season as a sophomore and likely is the top man at the QB position.

■ Hamilton Heights returns multi-talented sophomore Grant Weatherford from its 2012 Class 3A state runner-up team. He scored 102 points. Ten of his 40 receptions went for touchdowns, and he also returned 21 punts for 7 TDs. Also back is bullish running back Conner Faulkner, who accounted for 144 points. Monte Reed, a backup the past 2 seasons,  should be taking the snaps behind center.

■ Noblesville returns three-year starter TC McKiernan, who passed for 1,277 yards, along with receivers Joey Herron and Cody Sullivan, and speedy back Hayden Stinnett. Senior Ben Rice likely will handle kicking.

■ Sheridan has a tremendous tailback in junior Austin Hoover, who led Hamilton County in scoring (180 points), rushing (1,989 yards), and also led the Blackhawks with 143 tackles. Coach Bud Wright must replace 4-year QB Sam Zachery.

■ Westfield could field its best team in recent memory, led by second-year QB Nick Ferrier and top receiver Devin Reece, who will play at Ball State next season. Ferrer is coming off an incredible season where he passed for 2,195 yards and 17 scores, and the 6-3 Reece had 864 reception yards and a County-best 63 catches. Running backs Johnny Crawford and Frank Grimes also return. Reece and Crawford also are talented return men. Nick Dowd gained experience kicking as a sophomre in 2012.

 

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