Team: North Bend Central
Colors: Orange and Black
Head Coach: Ryan Stieren (2nd season)
2016 record: 4-4
Returning Starters: 6 offense 6 defense
The North Bend Central Football Team returns 6 starters on both sides of the ball from last year’s 4-4 squad. Head Coach Ryan Stieren says a couple of those returners are Joel Hines and Brock Ray. “Returning at Quarterback Joel Hines this year, and he’s a senior Quarterback, and he was our starter all year last year. So that’s definitely nice to have. Got another year. And what we do offensively. And so I think his numbers should improve on last year, and he’s a great leader for us. Other than that we got Brock Ray. Brock Ray’s another solid player for us, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Offensively, he’s going to move to center this year. We’re a little bit light numbers wise on the offensive line so he’s sacrificing for the team, which is awesome, and so he’s done really really well there.”
Stieren says Colton Mitties is moving from tight end to fullback, and James Seymour will start at tight end.
Wide receivers include John Emanuel, Peter Emanuel, and Brandon Wardman.
On defense, Ray, Mitties, Seymour, and Peter Emanuel will patrol things at linebacker.
Wardman and John Emanuel will see some time at defensive back, according to Stieren.
Hines and Jacob Ray are vying for the starting free safety spot.
North Bend Central kicks off their season Friday night at home against Louisville. Stieren says his team has been working hard for and anticipating the start of this season. “Yeah I mean it’s been a long haul. Since May we’ve been in the weightroom, and we’ve done the team camp in the summer time, and went off to a full contact camp. And we’ve done 7 on 7’s. So it feels like we’ve been practicing for about 4 months.”
The Tigers, who are in District C1-4 with David City Aquinas, Bishop Neumann, Wahoo, and David City, defeated Louisville 19-7 on the road in last year’s season opener.