PREP FOOTBALL ’91 / CENTURY LEAGUE : Orange
COACH: RECORD AT SCHOOL
Buddy Bland: 0-0
1990 RECORDS OVERALL LEAGUE 5-5-1 2-2-1
RETURNING STARTERS OFF DEF 4 6
TOP RETURNERS OFF DEF YR David Aarhus, 6-4, 245 OT -- Sr. Jason Evers, 5-10, 170 -- LB Sr. Ed Hanson, 6-3, 230 TE LB Jr. Noah Kimbwala, 6-0, 160 QB DB Sr. Micah Knorr, 6-1, 150 PK -- Jr. Eric Krebs, 5-11, 215 -- DT Jr. Doug Park, 5-10, 200 OG -- Sr. Jim Perez, 5-9, 165 -- DE Sr. Grady Stevens, 5-11, 160 -- LB Sr. Nate White, 5-8, 165 RB DB Sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS OFF DEF YR John Bowker, 6-0, 160 WR -- Sr. Robert Burns, 6-0, 160 WR -- Sr. Andre Holmes, 5-11, 165 WR -- Jr. Tom Sallinger, 6-1, 170 -- LB Sr. Joe Suess, 6-1, 205 FB -- Jr.
Bland spent two years as an assistant to Tom Meiss, who rejuvenated the program before resigning last winter. During Meiss’ two years, the Panthers were 15-8-2 and reached the Division VII title game in 1989. He didn’t leave the cupboard bare. White, who has good speed and is a shifty runner, is back. Bland also said he has a fast trio of receivers in Bowker, Burns and Holmes. The key will be whether Kimbwala, a converted defensive back, can get the ball to them. “We want to be balanced and that means we have to put the ball in the air,” Bland said. The defense is solid up front, and White and Kimbwala have experience in the secondary. The running game and defense should be strong enough to get the Panthers to the playoffs for the third consecutive year.