Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Indians Eager to Build on Victory in Opener

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Indians Eager to Build on Victory in Opener

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Wentzville High football coach Scott Swofford is a tough man to convince.

Despite his team's solid showing in a 19-0 victory over Troy in last weekend's season-opener, Swofford is slow to name his team as a true contender.

"Don't get me wrong. We played a very good football game against Troy and I was proud of my team," Swofford said. "But one game doesn't make a season. We know that if we're going to compete, we need that kind of team effort each and every day.

"We know we still have a lot of work to do."

The Indians finished 5-5 overall and 5-2 in Gateway Athletic Conference play last year. And a good number of those players are back.

"What we have here is a good bunch of kids who still aren't sure how good they can be," Swofford said. "They're working hard and doing all the things they need to do to improve. But until we play a few games, there's no telling what we have here.

"We did a lot of good things against Troy, but we'll have to improve if we expect to beat Francis Howell North" in tonight's 7:30 game at Wentzville.

The Indians return some quality players at the skill positions on offense. And the line has some good size.

All-GACer Keith Crumes is back at tailback. He rushed for nearly 900 yards as a junior and will be a key to the Indians attack.

Junior Leonard Demming and senior Harrison Smith should both see time at the fullback spot. Senior Jeff Clapp is Wentzville's quarterback.

"Jeff's not the runner (All-GACer) Alzono Young was, but I think he'll do a good job for us," Swofford said. "He throws the ball well and he's a good leader."

Clapp has a pair of quality receivers in seniors David Ray at flanker and Barry Vail at split end. Vail was a second-team all-league choice last year.

Senior Mike Saunders is the team's tight end.

The Wentzville offensive line features seniors Ben Polman (LT), Wade Maintz (LG) and Steve Malay (C) as well as juniors Curtis Brassel (RG) and Brad Davis (RT). …

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