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2017 Tonopah Football Capsule

TONOPAH

League: Class 1A Southern

Head coach: Duffy Otteson

2016 record: 6-4 (4-3 league, fourth place)

Returning lettermen: Four

Returning starters: Zero offense, one defense

Base offensive set: Double wing

Base defensive set: 4-2

Top offensive players: Kevin Pope (TE, Jr.) Brandon Scobee (RB, Jr.) John Shiflet (RB, Jr.) Max Swanson (OL, Jr.)

Top defensive players: Vance Day (LB, So.) Kevin Pople (DL, Jr.) John Shiflet (RB, Jr.)

Key losses: Tanner Otteson, Brendon Eason, Jordon Birkowitz, Freddy Lopes, Tyler Kirkland, Vinny Bagaros

Outlook: The Muckers don’t bring back any seniors, but they have group of underclassmen ripe with talent, and ready to contribute.

Tonopah was in the middle of the Class 1A pack last season and could struggle this season with its youth, but coach Otteson is optimistic about his team’s fortunes after a strong summer.

“They put a lot of work in the summer,” Otteson said. “We will work hard to be in the playoffs again.”

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