Young Indians defense looks tougher than ever

By Matt Nestor
Sports Columnist

It was anything but a simple test for the Hononegah Indians’ defense for their first game of the season.

They faced the Belvidere North Blue Thunder, who boast as much speed as any team in the conference.

All the Indians did was hold them to 222 total yards and only 7 points en route to a win in their first game.

“We wanted to show them, since we only have three guys back on defense this year, we want to show the rest of the NIC-10 that we are here to put a stop to all the other teams,” Hononegah linebacker Skylar Purifoy said. “Our defense is here, and we’re ready to play.”

The Indians return a lot of talent on offense this year, including quarterback Chase Robinson and running back Bryan Rothmaler. For Hononegah, the only question mark coming into the season was their young defense.

After one game, they are happy with what they see.

“It’s a huge statement,” Purifoy said. “You have sophomores who are just coming up to play as juniors. Guys who have never played a varsity game, and it’s different for them, it’s faster. Then, they come out and play like that, it’s just awesome. It’s huge to win the first game. We’re on our home field. First game of the year, and we’re on our field.”

From the Sept. 1-7, 2010 issue

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