Coming off an 8-3 season, that included a trip to the section finals last fall, Minnetonka High football coach Dave Nelson is confident for the 2012 season.
“We have good skill kids and speed on both sides of the ball,” said Nelson, whose team will open at Arrowhead, Wis. at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. “One thing we have to work on is developing depth in our offensive and defensive lines.”
There is no problem with depth at tailback. The Skippers have senior twins DeAndre and KeAndre Singleton, plus senior DeCeon Schumann and sophomore Ian Cote.
Senior Joe Martinson, who filled in at quarterback last season, is back at his old position, tight end.
Senior Andre Eubanks returns as a starter at fullback and senior Malcolm Moore is back at wide receiver after making All-Lake Conference last fall.
Leaders in the offensive line are three returning regulars – Jake Bush (6-4, 260) at left tackle, Jack Bixler (6-2, 275) at right guard and Elliot Tobin (6-1, 245) at center.
There is less experience on the defensive unit. The Singleton twins will again be the starting corners. DeAndre was an all-conference pick last season.
Jack Newell (6-3, 205) and Michael Redmond (6-4, 225) played linebacker last season and are now the defensive tackles.
Linebacking candidates include senior Casey Keating, juniors Josh Dalki and Careino Gurley and sophomore Jack Burns.
Bennett Celichowski is back after playing part-time at free safety last year. Moore will be used at safety as well as wide receiver.
The game at Arrowhead will be a tough test, according to Nelson.
“It is one of the biggest schools in Wisconsin, if not the biggest,” he said. “Playing them will probably be a lot like playing the better teams around here – Eden Prairie, Wayzata or Cretin-Derham Hall.”