On paper, this year's rendition of the Warren Central Warriors could be as impressive as any in program history, which speaks volumes given the success of the Darren Evans-led team of 2006.
Entering the summer, 12 Warren Central seniors hold Division I offers, making expectations sky-high for 2011.Sheldon Day
, the team's most-coveted recruit, will lead a defensive line that has the potential to dominate. He'll be joined by Josh Posley
, Jonathan Burt
and Darnell Smith
. Transfer Tyrone Pearson
could also be a factor.Jordan Shine
and Kaleb Humphrey
return in the secondary, which should be another strength of the team.
Running back Deionte Buckley
spearheads Warren Central's offensive attack. Quarterback Kyle Faunce
, a transfer from Arizona's Mountain Pointe, could assume the reigns behind center.
Up front, the Warriors feature Deyshawn Bond
and junior transfer Dwayne Brown
. They'll need other players to step up before the fall for the team's offense to be as potent early on as it could be.
The team has a number of capable targets at wide receiver, including returner Kevin Davis
, 6-foot-4 junior Evan Faunce
and McKelti Williams
, the only freshman to crack the varsity roster thus far.
Warren Central knows it is clearly the hunted team in Indiana this season. If it has even one off-week, like it had in the playoffs against Lawrence Central last season, what could be one of the team's most accomplished seasons will become one of its most disappointing.Local look:
"Warren Central has two things working for it in 2011: An immense amount of talent and a lot of motivation. Tackle Sheldon Day anchors a defense that should be the best in the state and running back Deionte Buckley figures to play a featured role in Warren Central's ground-based attack. The Warriors were upset in the first round of sectionals last year by Class 5A runner-up Lawrence Central, marking the first time they didn't win a playoff game since 1997. Some believe this team could rank up there with the program's dominant 15-0 state championship team of 2006."
- Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis StarContinue to School Profile