DECATUR, IN. (WANE) – Bellmont exceeded expectations in 2013 by finishing with a 5-6 record – but head coach Larry Getts is still left wondering what if.
“You talk about a few of those games there – we could have turned a corner,” Getts says. “It could have been a lot different, we could have easily had a winning record.”
The problem for the Braves falls squarely on a defense that has been wildly inconsistent. In their five wins last season Bellmont allowed just 27 points per game. In their six losses, that number ballooned to 46. Six starters return to that defensive unit, headlined by a trio up front in linemen Mack Ripley, Tyler Hampton and Roman Silva. That’s where the questions are – the answers lay with the offense.
Four starters are back on Bellmont’s big offensive line which will headline the Braves run-heavy attack. Trevor Love and Chase Ellsworth – the team’s top rushers in 2013 – are gone, but running back is always a deep position in Decatur. Seniors Josh Brune and Sebastian Siefring are expected to get the bulk of the carries, but Getts added there is talent and athleticism in the junior and sophomore classes that could push the two incumbents.
Bellmont opens the regular season with a tough schedule. Four of the Braves first five games will be on the road, including the opener against Adams Central.