2015 football preview: Warsaw hopes to get stronger


By Jason Strickland - [email protected]



Quarterback Will Bunch scrambles to the outside during a game against Eldon last season.


Defensive back Austin Steenburgen makes a tackle against Eldon last season.


By Jason Strickland

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Quarterback Will Bunch scrambles to the outside during a game against Eldon last season.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_WARSAW-1.jpgQuarterback Will Bunch scrambles to the outside during a game against Eldon last season.

Defensive back Austin Steenburgen makes a tackle against Eldon last season.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_WARSAW-2.jpgDefensive back Austin Steenburgen makes a tackle against Eldon last season.

WARSAW — The Warsaw Wildcats enter their second year under coach Paul Thomas, who is looking to turn around the program after a 2-8 season in 2014.

Warsaw has 49 players on the roster compared to 33 last season, so depth could become a strength.

“It’s better than it was last year for sure,” Thomas said.

Will Bunch will return to the quarterback spot for the second season after throwing seven touchdowns and for nearly 600 yards last season.

“He took some lumps last year but he’s doing a good job,” Thomas said.

Austin Steenburgen will see much of the action on offense in Thomas’ run-heavy game plan. He scored five touchdowns and rushed for 800 yards last season.

“He’ll be pretty good,” Thomas said. “He aught to be. He’s strong, he’s a senior and he’s been at it for four years. Just got to keep him healthy.”

Thomas said the team has gotten stronger in the offseason, but there’s still work to be done.

“We’re not strong enough by any means, not for this conference,” he said. “But we’re getting stronger and that’s the whole deal.”

Jason Strickland can be reached at 660-530-0147 or on Twitter @J_Strick_Sports.

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Jason Strickland can be reached at 660-530-0147 or on Twitter @J_Strick_Sports.

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