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Minutemen ready to make another NLC run

Concord will be faster up front on gridiron this fall.


Posted on Aug. 16, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 16, 2013 at 9:08 a.m.

DUNLAP — Concord has a rare opportunity this fall. Coach Tim Dawson wants his team to recognize and embrace the challenge.

Only twice since the Northern Lakes Conference started in 1964 has a school won outright or shared the football crown in four consecutive seasons. Plymouth did it from 1975-78 and NorthWood won or shared six championships from 1991-96.

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Other Truth area football previews: Elkhart Central, Fairfield, NorthWood, Goshen

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The Minutemen, who along with Plymouth, have dominated the league trophy the last eight years, could make it four straight this fall.

“We can do something we’ve never done,’’ Dawson said. “You’re a kid, you walk onto campus as a freshman and the varsity wins conference every year. Three years later, you’ve done nothing but win championiships. That’s pretty darned special.

“But I know there are seven schools out there that don’t want us to enjoy that. The kids have to prepare hard and invest.”

Concord’s stock starts and ends with Trevor Wilmore, who enters the season as the clear-cut No.1 quarterback after starting the 2012 season as the backup.

Wilmore turned into the area’s best pass-run threat a year ago with his 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns through the air and his 1,006 yards and 14 scores on the ground.

Dawson said Wilmore is bigger and stronger and has been the team leader from the start of summer workouts.

“His teammates like him, they will follow him, listen to him,’’ Dawson said. “You have to watch him practice, watch his moxie, the way he carries himself.

Wilmore can surround himself with an array of skill position athletes.

Adam Glanders developed into a big-play receiver, Chris Martin and Jarrell Poindexter proved to be dynamic receivers and Jackson Marlow, when given attempts behind DuWhan Alford, who graduated, showed he could be reliable in the backfield.

Concord

Schedule

August

23 — Vs. South Bend Washington, School Field, 7 p.m.

30 — Elkhart Memorial (NLC), 7:30

September

6 — NorthWood (NLC), 7:30

13 — At Wawasee (NLC), 7:30

20 — At Goshen (NLC), 7:30

27 — Jimtown, 7:30

October

4 — At Plymouth (NLC), 7:30

11 — Northridge (NLC), 7:30

18 — Warsaw (NLC), 7:30

Roster

No. Name Ht. Weight Pos. Yr.

1 Adam Glanders 6-2 12 WR-DB Sr.

2 Brock Swoape 5-11 160 DB Sr.

3 Luke Simon 6-1 142 WR-DB So.

4 Jason Grooms 5-9 156 QB-DB So.

5 Kevin Moreno 5-10 185 RB-DB Jr.

6 Brandon Thomas 6-0 171 RB-S Jr.

7 Trevor Wilmore 6-1 177 QB-DB Sr.

8 Matt Wilmore 6-4 200 TE-DE So.

9 Marcus Fragale 5-10 155 WR-DB Jr.

10 Kory Meade 5-8 141 WR-DB So.

11 Kyle Moreno 5-11 165 WR-DB Jr.

12 Cullen Fisher 5-10 148 QB-DB Jr.

13 Chris Martin 5-8 166 WR-DB Sr.

14 Jarrell Poindexter 5-9 154 WR-DB Jr.

15 Jace Krull 6-1 168 TE-DE Jr.

16 Mac DeShone 6-1 183 WR-LB Sr.

18 Justin Olenczuk 5-10 155 WR-DB So.

20 Jackson Marlow 5-10 170 RB-LB Sr.

22 Nick DeFreeze 6-0 187 LB Sr.

23 Matt Fragale 5-7 157 RB-LB So.

24 Avis Emmons 5-10 158 WR-DB So.

25 Matt Moreno 6-0 195 RB-LB So.

26 Brody Gaf 6-2 175 WR-DB Jr.

28 Larry Smith 6-0 210 RB-S Sr.

29 Brendon Smith 5-7 150 WR-EB Sr.

30 Seth Troyer 5-9 153 WR-DB So.

32 Jake Kronk 5-11 210 RB-LB Sr.

33 Duncan Boone 6-0 191 LB Sr.

34 Malique Boone 5-11 167 WR-S Jr.

35 Jjacks Krull-Ott 5-10 146 WR-DB So.

36 Colin Swoape 5-11 157 WR-DB So.

38 Anthony Hunter 5-9 160 WR-DB So.

40 Tevin Williams 5-9 165 RB-DB Sr.

41 Jordan Reyes 5-10 152 WR-DB Jr.

42 Ryan Tepe 5-10 160 K-P Jr.

43 Kyler Drudge 5-8 160 RB-LB Jr.

43 Blake Watkins 5-11 165 RB-LB Sr.

44 Jared Emmack 5-5 158 RB-LB Jr.

45 Daniel Williams 5-9 148 WR-LB So.

50 Ethan Beabout 6-1 190 OL-DL Sr.

51 Eriq Jordan 6-4 242 OL-DL Sr.

52 CJ Nemec 6-0 200 OL-DL So.

52 Josh Stover 5-6 170 OL-DL So.

53 Steven Gattman 6-0 240 OL-DL Sr.

54 Leando Rodriguez 5-10 160 OL-DE Jr.

55 Zach Wynn 5-11 210 RB-LB Jr.

56 Curtis Brown-Watson 6-1 255 OL-DL Sr.

57 Joey Duell 6-0 175 WR-LB Sr.

58 Noah Davis 5-9 252 OL-DL Jr.

59 Tyler Beard 5-8 151 WR-DB Jr.

60 Michael McQueen 6-2 223 OL-DL Sr.

61 Chris Hartpence 6-1 173 OL-DL Jr.

62 Taylor Ray 5-10 189 OL-DL Sr.

63 David Small 5-10 238 OL-DL So.

64 Bruce Merrill 6-0 175 OL-DL Jr.

65 Jordan Kunkel 5-9 207 OL-DL Sr.

66 Landon Troyer 6-2 265 OL-DL Jr.

67 Lorenzo Navarro 6-1 228 OL-DL So.

68 Landon Wilson 6-1 204 OL-DL Jr.

70 Wesley Lee 6-1 249 OL-DL Jr.

71 Payton Hall 6-2 201 OL-DL Jr.

73 Riley Denning 5-10 185 OL-DL So.

74 Tyler Kelly 6-1 231 OL-DL Jr.

75 Franz Gonzalez 5-11 180 OL-DL Jr.

75 Christian Diaz 5-9 210 OL-DL Jr.

76 Noah Santoyo 6-0 165 OL-DL So.

76 DeJuan Pulliam 6-2 270 OL-DL Jr.

77 Carlos Jimenez 5-11 205 OL-DL Jr.

78 Andrew Becker 6-2 282 OL-DL Jr.

79 Raem Prim 6-1 350 OL-DL Jr.

80 Jake Wirt 6-0 155 WR-DB Jr.

85 Mayceal Hall 6-0 170 WR-DB Sr.



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