“We've got a lot kids coming back,” said Gleaves, entering his second year. “The kids believe in what I'm trying to do, and we had a better turnout in summer pride.”
Gleaves said the team will be led by James Root, a senior fullback and linebacker who is the most vocal of anyone on the team.
Welch will also get a boost from moving Austin Buchanan from quarterback to wide receiver, his more natural position.
Snell to pace Oaks
Oaks lost a bunch of top players from last year's playoff team, but it does return Jeremiah Snell.
“He's got good quickness. He's not overly fast, but he's quick on a football field,” Hummingbird said. “He's got a good arm, and we've got a couple of good receivers for him to throw it to.”
Snell is also the Class A state champion in the 300-meter hurdles and was second in the 110 hurdles.
Depew's Roy Lewis will be a player to watch as one opposing coach called him “the real deal.” ... Copan will be scrambling to try to duplicate last year's success as it hired Jason Collins to replace Steve Stanley as head coach on Monday night. Stanley has accepted the Newkirk superintendent position.