2013 H.S. Football Preview: Bluffton Tigers (VIDEOS)

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August 12, 2013 Updated Aug 12, 2013 at 4:00 PM EDT

BLUFFTON, Ind. (21Alive)- Bluffton High School's football program is looking for better results this season after a 5-5 record last year.

Head coach Casey Kolkman returns for his fourth season, and says it is time for the Tigers, who finished 2-4 in the Allen County Athletic Conference, to win more games than they lose.

Bluffton has implemented a new pistol offense in the offseason, and could give opposing defenses trouble.

"They're starting to really get into it," Kolkman says. "It helps our spread in terms of the defensive being able to key in on things."

The players agree they are adjusting to the new schemes, saying the Tigers' speed on both sides of the ball will bring them a long way, too.

"There's a lot of options out of it: running, throwing," quarterback Malcom Marshall says. "We've practiced it all summer, and I think we'll be pretty good at it."

"We'll score a lot of touchdowns because we're faster than everybody, and smarter," fullback/safety Josh Streveler adds. "Our defensive backfield is really old this year. A lot of wise guys back there that will make smart plays. On the offensive, our skill players, man, they're solid."

Bluffton heads to Northfield to open the season on Aug. 23; the home opener will be Aug. 30 against Manchester.

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