2017 HRN Football Previews: Owensboro Catholic

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Last Season : Led mostly by underclassmen, the 2016 Aces had a ton of success. Before bowing out of the playoffs in the regional title game, at the hands of national powerhouse, Mayfield, the Aces won 11 straight games.  They posted wins over Owensboro, North Hardin and Murray(in the playoffs).  They finished 11-2 overall.  Most programs would be satisfied with that record and playoff run, but not the Aces.  They feel like they have some unfinished business heading into the 2017 season.

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Coach: Heading into his 14th season as Head Coach, John Edge has been a rock for the Owensboro Catholic program.  He has a record of 122-48.  He has led the Aces to 3 state title appearances and has won 4 regional championships.  It’s easy to see why Coach Edge has more tenure at Catholic than anyone else in the Owensboro area.

Offense: Owensboro Catholic should boast one of the most explosive offenses, not only in the area, but in the state. They will be led by the dynamic duo of Quarterback, Will Warren and Running Back, Vonn Williams.  Williams paved the way for the Aces ground attack last season, running for over 1800 yards and 19 touchdowns.  In years past, the Aces passing game would set up the run, but with Williams in the backfield, the run sets up the pass.  Quarterback Will Warren took full advantage, throwing for over 2100 yards and 33 touchdowns to only 12 interceptions as a sophomore.  While the offense will have to replace leading WR Tre Green, they should have a more than capable trio of pass catchers.  Second leading WR Nick Mills(37rec, 566yds, 7TD) returns.  Kobe Hamilton has moved over from Apollo and should give Catholic a speedy big play threat on the outside.  Tight End, Noah Todd flashed in 7 on 7’s.  He is a defensive specialist but should be a big target over the middle.  The only real question mark for the Aces offense will come along the offensive line where they will have to replace Issac Arnold and Max Maloney.

Defense: The Aces defense starts with the front 7. Returning for Coach Edge’s defensive unit, is athletic, tackling machine Nick Blair.  Blair, who racked up 147 tackles as a sophomore linebacker, took last season off to focus on baseball.  He will bring a speedy, athletic presence to the linebacking corps.  Along the line, look for Noah Todd to wreak havoc.  It seemed like he was everywhere last season.  He finished with 67 tackles and is always around the ball.  Another name to watch in the front 7 is junior linebacker Josh Sloan.  He racked up 107 tackles last year and is a difference maker.  While the Aces do have some questions in the secondary, they should have plenty of talent to fill in the void left by a very nice graduating class.  Weston Jacob and Maddux Richardson were the best duo of safeties in the area a year ago.  They will not be easy to replace.  Look for some guys that will go both ways, like Hamilton and Mills, to fill those roles.

Schedule:

Aug 18, 17 Daviess County home 7:00 PM
Aug 25, 17 Evansville Reitz (Evansville), IN home 8:00 PM
Sep 1, 17 Owensboro away 7:00 PM
Sep 8, 17 South Spencer (Rockport), IN away 7:00 PM
Sep 15, 17 Apollo home 7:00 PM
Sep 22, 17 Butler County home 7:00 PM
Sep 29, 17 McLean County away 7:00 PM
Oct 6, 17 Hancock County home 7:00 PM
Oct 13, 17 Todd County Central away 7:00 PM
Oct 27, 17 South Warren home 7:00 PM

Outlook: State Title or bust? For the Aces, a state championship has to be the ultimate goal.  One game at a time….sure, but overall this team is plenty talented enough to challenge for a championship at the highest level.  The Aces should be one of the most dynamic and complete offenses in the state.  With the run/pass option, many opposing defensive coordinators will have to pick their poison on Friday nights. Class 2A is absolutely loaded.  The road to the state title, would likely mean a run of 3 straight games against the states three best 2A programs.  This just has the feel of a special group; a special group that will return the core of their roster in 2018.  That’s a scary thought for everyone not wearing green and gold.

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