FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Three of the SAC’s eight program have new leaders in 2014, with Jason Doerffler, Roosevelt Norfleet, and Scot Shaw taking over Northrop, South Side, and Wayne, respectively. After winning the program’s first SAC title in 25 year North Side has possession of the victory bell, while Bishop Dwenger is coming off a trip to the 4A state title game. Snider looks to continue the program’s winning ways, while Bishop Luers is hoping to prove last year was just a small bump in the road. Concordia is looking to build off a sectional championship season while replacing last year’s Euell Wilson Award winner David Morrison at quarterback.
BISHOP DWENGER (4A) HC: Chris Svarczkopf (13th) 11-4 IN 2013
Saints went to 4A state title game, losing 28-27 to Columbus East; QB Mike Fiacable (2,300 Yds., 18 TD), TE/DB Ryan Watercutter (61 rec., 1,064 Yds., 7 TD), OL/DL Nathan Niese graduated; Senior QB Cody Miller passed for 1,300 yards as starter in 2012; LB/RB Marcus Stepp returns; JV went 8-1 while freshmen went 9-0 in 2013.
BISHOP LUERS (3A) HC: Kyle Lindsay (2nd) 2-11 IN 2013
Knights didn’t win a game until sectional play last season, had worst record in 53-year program history; Junior WR Austin Mack (57 catches, 805 Yds.) is rated as state’s no. 1 recruit for class of 2016; QB Noah Wezensky (1,294 Yds. Passing) & RB/LB C.J. McCarter return; Knights have built more depth than last season.
CONCORDIA (3A) HC: Tim Mannigel (5th) 9-4 IN 2013
Cadets won program’s first sectional title since 2007 & third all-time; QB David Morrison (3,412 Yds., 29 TDs) is now playing at Ball State; WR Jake Minich & LB Tony Perugini graduated; Junior WR C.J. Morris (46 catches, 712 Yrds.) returns; Daniel Sparks & Peter Morrison to compete for starting QB job.
NORTHROP (6A) HC: Jason Doerffler (1st) 2-8 IN 2013
Jason Doerffler takes over for Tim Martone after four years as an assistant at Northrop; Bruins haven’t had a winning season since 2003; QB Mike Snyder returns (41-86, 544 Yds., 6 TD/4 INT); 6’7” senior WR Aaron Thomas returns; Only four starters back on defense.
NORTH SIDE (5A) HC: Ryan Hall (5th) 7-4
Redskins won first SAC title in 25 years last season; Graduated nine all-SAC players; QB Michael Lovett (2,074 Yds. Passing, 1,057 Yds. Rushing) moved to California; 10 starters returning – 5 on offense, 5 on defense; LB D’Marcus Moon & RB/DB Nick Cook graduated.
SNIDER (5A) HC: Kurt Tippmann (6th) 9-3 IN 2013
Panthers won their seventh consecutive sectional title; lost regional title game to Westfield 36-7; Offense returns 8 starters including QB Colton Painter (1,400 Yds., 9 TDs) & TE Logan Godfrey; Defense returns 5 starters including DB Jesse Bates (6 INTS); defense yielded just 108.8 yards rushing per game.
SOUTH SIDE (4A) HC: Roosevelt Norfleet (1st) 3-7 IN 2013
Former Elmhurst coach Norfleet takes over for Eddie Fields; 2013 season marred by fight in Indianapolis Tech game; RB/DB Donovan Clark (I.U.) & DE Nathan Braster (Western Mich.) graduated; QB Trae Masten (39-96, 538 Yds., 6 TD) returns; Archers will have inexperienced offensive and defensive line.
WAYNE (5A) HC: Scot Shaw (1st) 6-4 IN 2013
Shaw is program’s 4th head coach in last six years, replacing Robert Brown; QB Jaylon Thomas graduated; DE Auston Robertson (Jr.) has offers from Notre Dame & IU; RB/DBs Keion & Deion Powers, RB Austin Yarbro, OL/DL Joc Thomas, DB Kye Black all return; defense allowed only 16 points/game last year.