Sound Off: NHC Football Preview

By Eric Dutkiewicz

August 16, 2012 Updated Aug 16, 2012 at 1:47 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The Northeast Hoosier Conference will have a newer look this year.

Gone are Homestead quarterback Zach Terrell and New Haven running back Te'Vaughn Hurse.

But returning are Homestead wide receiver Isaac Griffith, an Indiana recruit, and Columbia City wide receiver/defensive back Jared Murphy, a Miami (Ohio) recruit: just two of the exciting players to watch in a league race that could come down to the very end.

Homestead remains the heavy preseason favorite. The Spartans went 7-0 in the NHC on the way to a 10-1 overall season that ended in a sectional loss to Kokomo. Homestead remains a team to beat, and other teams would be happy to knock them off in 2012.

Coming off to back-to-back winning season for the first time in decades, Columbia City is looking to become a team to beat themselves.

Carroll went 8-4 in the conference a year ago. Continued improvement under head coach Doug Dinan leaves the Chargers looking for even bigger things this season.

New Haven is replacing Hurse and quarteback Lydell Trainor. Not an easy task for the Bulldogs. But neither was taking last year's seniors from winless in the conference their freshman year to second place in the conference four years later.

Tommy Schoegler and AWP's Michael Ledo and Scott Zeigler preview the NHC, and make their preseason picks.

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