Fresh off the end of a great state championship weekend, I'm curious what GID's thoughts are on 1A next year. I can't speak to the strength of the teams in the south, as I haven't seen them besides Lutheran last week, but I know there will be a few teams from the north that can compete.
LCC - I'm sure LCC will reload from the skill and big guys that they're losing. Barrett looked the part of a multi-state championship QB and Coach Nay has done a fantastic job at getting that program back to strength. I know LCC has a solid freshman back (#25) who played when Schrader was hurt, but not sure what else they have in the lower classes. Anyone want to enlighten?
South Adams - South Adams definitely has a nasty taste in their mouths after county rivals Adams Central sent them home short of what many in the southern part of the county thought was a definite shot at a state title. They have the talent to repeat in the ACAC and contend for a state title. Arnold is back with all of his fast and extremely talented receiving weapons, but they will need to replace some people up front. They also lose major leaders on the defensive side in the ball in Sprunger and Stuber. I have no doubt that they'll win Sectional 43 (unless Monroe Central as something to say about it), but can they take the next step? I know they have the skill to do so.
Adams Central - AC surprised about everybody in the state, including those in the community, by returning to the semi-state game for the 3rd time in 4 years. They have to replace some important players, especially Schwaller at QB and Voirol at DE/TE, but they return a talented incoming junior class. There are some freshmen who may need to play roles, but we'll let that play out this summer. I don't think it's a guarantee that AC wins Section 44, as we got a favorable draw this year. If we played Northfield, Busco or Southwood in round 1, I'm not sure that we win the sectional. Busco and Southwood will surely be solid again in what I would argue is the toughest sectional in 1A.
If you have info on any of the other teams in 1A, let the posting begin!