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District 2A-2 football notebook: Little Axe ready for breakthrough season?

Justin Harper Published: August 17, 2009
Breakthrough season for Indians?
Little Axe has high expectations for 2009 after returning 15 starters from last season’s 5-5 squad. Seven starters are back on offense, including quarterback Daniel Leonard, who threw for 1,159 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior.

Leonard, a 6-foot-2, 220-pounder, also plays linebacker, a position at which the Indians are loaded. Junior Brandon Miller and junior Robby Dryden combined for 169 tackles. Dustin Hawkins, another linebacker, had 52 stops.

The defense will be run by new defensive coordinator Jason Wheeler, who came in after years as an assistant for Norman.

With the defense already proven and the offense bringing back so many starters, the only real question is how the offensive front develops.

"We have a lot of returning skilled players, but (we’re) inexperienced on the line,” said coach Tony Smith. "The offensive line is young but talented.”

The Indians won more games last year than they had the previous two seasons combined.

District 2A-2 coaches were unanimous in there selection as the team to beat. Millwood, which was 10-3 last season and reached the third round of the playoffs, was tabbed as the top team even though the team returns just four starters on offense.

To earn a playoff berth last season, Jones had to win four of its final five games.

Breakthrough season for Indians?


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