2017-08-23 / Sports

Tribe Football looking for playoff appearance this season

by Jamie Harris

The combination of Berkeley Springs High School football and the Class AA WV State Football Playoffs have not been mentioned for a long time in the Morgan County community. However the 2017 version of the Indians football program has a lot of folks around here buzzing with excitement. With a lineup of four year starters back for one last go the Tribe has high school expectations for the 2017 season.

The Indians return All- State wide receiver CJ Ryan (senior), All PVC Offensive and Defensive Lineman Mason Sipes (senior), The 2016 Morgan Messenger Offensive Player of the Year quarterback Tobin Whittington (senior), All Martinsburg Journal and All PVC Running back and Linebacker Michael Hovermale and All PVC Wide Receiver and Defensive Back Hunter Andrick.

The Indians will also be without the services of senior Tanner Clark (RB/DL). Clark who was The Morgan Messenger’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year last fall will be out after undergoing another ACL surgery a few weeks ago.

The Indians only lost one full time starter from last year’s team due to graduation which was offensive lineman and linebacker Josh Armentrout.

“I feel good about our schedule that features six home games and four away games. Looking forward to our last five games which are all at home. We had a winning record on the road last year, which was my first season with that. If we can continue to improve, we could be a potential playoff team,” stated veteran Indians head football coach Matt Puffenberger.

The Indians first game will be Friday, August 25 at Petersburg.

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