FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – After winning a share of the SAC’s Victory Bell for the first time since 1993 the Wayne Generals will have to replace a talented group of graduated seniors if they hope to repeat in 2015.
The Generals will be led by senior defensive end/tight end Auston Robertson. Ranked by most recruiting websites as the no. 1 college prospect in the state of Indiana, Robertson verbally committed to Michigan State over the summer. The 6-foot-5, 240-pounded selected the Spartans over Michigan and Notre Dame. Robertson racked up 86 tackles last year and 15 sacks on his way to being named a 5A A.P. All-State pick. All-SAC lineman Joc Thomas will be counted on to help anchor both the offensive and defensive line.
With Kye Black, Austin Yarbro, and Euell A. Wilson winners Deion & Keion Powers all graduated, the Generals will be looking to replace multiple players at the skills positions. Senior Jonas Thatcher will get first crack at the QB job while Amari Fields is likely to see time at the running back spot.
Despite going 9-2 last fall, coach Scot Shaw left Wayne after just one season to coach closer to his family as the head coach at Elkhart Memorial. That means Derrick Moore, a Snider graduate, will be Wayne’s fifth head coach in seven years. Moore helped the Panthers win a state title as a player in 1992 and hopes to turn Wayne into a powerhouse like his alma mater.
Wayne opens the season August 21 at home against Snider.