Countdown To Kickoff: New Haven Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) – New Haven has averaged over eight wins a season the last five years and the Bulldogs are looking to carry that success over into the newly formed Northeast 8 conference.

New Haven started last season 6-1 but closed out the year losing three of their last four games. Head coach Jim Rowland, in his 15th season, is looking for a lengthy playoff run this year in hopes of garnering more respect in northeast Indiana.

Rowland adds this may be the fastest team he’s coached during his tenure at New Haven. That starts with running back NiShawn Jones, who rushed for 1,695 yards last year as a sophomore. Classmate KeShawn Moore gained some starting experience last year at the quarterback position and will be counted on to lead the Bulldogs offense in 2015. Zack Watson and a number of key contributors graduated from the offensive line, but Moore is confident that this year’s offensive line will be solid.

Defensively, graduation took linebacker and WANE-TV Fab 15 member Adam Hoffer (St. Francis) and lineman J’Keveous Hampton among others. However, safety Tremon Williams returns to lead a speedy unit and linebacker Mikeal Griggs will be counted on every Friday night.

The Bulldogs open the season August 21 at home against Heritage.

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