2014 High School Football Preview: Northrop Bruins

By Tommy Schoegler - 21Alive
By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

August 21, 2014 Updated Aug 21, 2014 at 4:53 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - A familiar name in Fort Wayne area high school football looks to return the Northrop Bruins to prominence again.

Jason Doerffler was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach in the offseason. Doerffler, a former Concordia Lutheran quarterback and son of Concordia athletic director Dean Doerffler, says changes start with a culture and commitment for the Bruins.

Northrop has solid players in the skill positions. The Bruins boast of maybe the biggest receiver duo in the state: Nigel Kilby and Aaron Thomas, both 6'7". Their size should help them to catch passes from quarterback Mike Snyder over many defensive secondaries in the Summit Athletic Conference.

Snyder will be protected by a completely new offensive line. Not one of the of the linemen has started a high school game.

Over the past seven seasons, Northrop has averaged about two wins per season. The different players and coaches gives the Bruins hope to turn the page on the program starting with this season.

Northrop travels to East Noble on Friday to open the regular season.

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