The Titans were 4-5 record and they tied for sixth place. They expect more than that.
“Winning is expected here. That’s the standard,” says senior offensive lineman Brady Wright.
The Titans will make every effort to bounce back strong this season. They add a group of juniors that went 7-2 as sophomores last season, but the biggest addition is senior linebacker Zach Turner. As a sophomore two years ago he might have been the best linebacker in the NIC-10. He missed all of last season after tearing an ACL in his knee.
“I’m feeling good. Everything is back to normal,” says Turner. “It (getting back on the field) means everything. I’ve been dying to get back on the field.”
“Having Zach back and him taking the role of leadership as a captain for us has been a blessing,” says Boylan coach John Cacciatore. “It just seems like he’s back to Zach. He’s one of the strongest kids in the weight room. He moves really well. so we’re going to have fun playing with him.”
Turner is up to 245 pounds. He’ll line up all over at linebacker and we’ll see him on offense at times at fullback and possibly tight end.
The key guy on offense will be returning running back Caleb Henderson. He rushed for almost 1100 yards last season. He averaged more than 22 carries per game. He could be a workhorse again despite the fact that Boylan has two other powerful backs in Trey Malone and Terrance Smith.
“He’s (Henderson) a little bit bigger this year, a little bit faster,” says Cacciatore. “We’re not going to have any problem feeding him as the season goes on and you may see him on both sides of the football this year.”
Senior Jake Bergstrom is the starting quarterback. He got a lot of experience last year taking snaps on varsity.
“I think there’s a certain level of confidence that comes with being a senior,” says Cacciatore of Bergstrom. “You can tell that the game has slowed down (for him). We’re looking for big things from him as a spread quarterback.”
The key on offense is the line. All five starters from last year graduated.
“We’ve got new guys that are going to come in and have to step in and grow up in a hurry,” says Cacciatore.
“We’re all seniors except for one so we’ve all had experience, says Wright. “I think everyone is ready to fight and I think we’re going to come out strong.”
Turner anchors the defense at linebacker, and he’ll have two more all-conference caliber linebackers next to him in Malone and Smith.
“We’ve got every piece that we need,” says Turner. “We’ve just got to keep taking everything week by week and just do what we do.”