Notre Dame defense stronger, deeper in Clark Lea’s second season

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SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly thinks his players' familiarity with new coordinator Clark Lea's defense will breed contempt for the opposition this fall. The 4-2-5 defense that former coordinator Mike Elko and Lea brought with them from Wake Forest helped Notre Dame rebound from a ...


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There are more question marks than usual surrounding the Summit Athletic Conference's perennial top teams. Both Snider and Bishop Dwenger have a lot of players to replace and the still-new kids on the block Homestead and Carroll are knocking on the door. Snider or Bishop Dwenger have at ...

PREP FOOTBALL: Ten impact players’ names to know for 2018

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With the high school football season just three days away, it’s time to learn the names of new or less-familiar players who will be making impacts this fall. Here are 10 players to put on your radar, if you don’t have them there already: Jon Barnes and Antoine Taylor QBs, Snider The ...


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You could put the names East Noble, Leo and New Haven in a hat, draw one and have about the same chance of successfully picking the Northeast 8 Conference champion as someone carefully studying the rosters. It looks that close between those three frontrunners. Perhaps a more intriguing ...

Prep football preseason countdown: #1 SNIDER PANTHERS

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OUTLOOK Nearly everyone takes for granted Snider High School’s football team will reload every fall. One person who doesn’t is coach Kurt Tippmann. He takes nothing for granted, even with a 97-21 record in nine years as the Panthers’ leader. “As much as you coach them in the ...


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Though the Allen County Athletic Conference may be the state's top small-school conference for football, it might have the area's top all-around player this season. Adams Central's Logan Macklin can dominate a game offensively, defensively and on special teams, and he's good enough he could ...