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Mosports.com Class 3 Pre-Season Power Poll
#3 John Burroughs Bombers (2013 Record: 12-2)
A look ahead:
Head coach John Merritt guided his Bombers to an 11-1
mark and a semifinal appearance in his first season leading John Burroughs.
With several key returning starters returning as well as some talented
newcomers the Bombers enter the 2014 season with high expectations.
A season ago the Bombers averaged 37.2 points per game and
coach Merritt feels, "we should be even more explosive with the maturation
of Van Slyke, Smith, Booker, at the receiver spots." Senior running
John Moten returns, "he looks to improve on his spectacular
season last year", added Merritt. Moten, who has committed to attend
Northwestern, averaged 8 yards-per-carry, rushing for more than 1,600
yards and scoring 28 touchdowns.
Moore(6-4 190) will enter his first season as the full time
starter, but his talent at the QB position in unquestioned", stated
Merritt". In limited duty, Moore completed 48% of his passes for 146
yards a season ago. Senior tight end Nathan Van Slyke
(6-5 215) returns following a 25 catch, 315 yard receiving season, including
7 touchdowns. Ronald Smith and Chris Booker combined for 16
receptions, over 300 yards, and 3 scores.
Defensively, the Bombers allowed 9.9 ppt last year and
will benefit from the return of all four linebackers. Junior
Tom Bolstad(6-2 215) and junior Hunter Wilkins(5-9
195) should anchor a very stout unit. Bolstad led the team with 110
tackles and a pair of sacks, while Wilkins added 80 tackles, 1 fumble
recovery, and 1 interception. Newcomers will play a key role for the Bombers
this season and big things are expected from defensive backs Garrett Moore
and Ryan Mill(5-9 160).
Sophomore Suleman Burrows will continue the tradition of
Burroughs kicking excellence.