SILVER CREEK DRAGONS
• Departures: RB Layne Taylor, OL Nathan Nolley, OL Tyler Gregory.
• Key returning players: QB Brooks Howell (Sr.), WR Drew Sherrow (Sr.), LB Zach Reynolds (Sr.), DE Brad Graham (Sr.), OL/DL Derek Sheffield (Sr.) OL/DL Schuyler Hosp (Sr.), DB Kaleb Prince (Jr.), LB Jason Jent (Jr.), Austin Hastings (So.).
• Key varsity newcomer: WR Bobby Haines (Sr., transfer from Florida).
• 2012 recap: Silver Creek had its most successful season in 60 years with a 3-7 record. After starting 0-3, the Dragons beat Eastern, North Harrison and Crawford County to win three of their final six regular-season games in just their second full varsity season since the 1940s. Creek’s season ended with a 42-8 loss to Corydon Central in the opening round of Class 3A Sectional 23. It was a moral victory considering the Panthers had scored 70 on Silver Creek just five weeks earlier.
• 2013 expectations: It’s hard to tell what to expect from Silver Creek. The only real weapon the Dragons are losing is Layne Taylor, but he was the bulk of the offense in 2012. If Creek can find a suitable replacement for Taylor and get its defense to improve, there’s no reason it can’t repeat three wins and perhaps get one or two more. The bad news is the Dragons are moving up to Class 4A in 2013, joining the likes of Seymour, Jasper, Evansville Central, Evansville Harrison and 2007 and 2009 Class 4A state champion Evansville Reitz.