FORT WAYNE, Ind. (FORT WAYNE'S NBC) - Bishop Dwenger football's dominance continued into 2019, when the Saints marched into their third straight semi-state, falling just short of repeating as state champs.
The fall of 2020 is no different, the Saints are a threat to win it all.
27 seniors lead the way for a roster that looks to punch the other team in the mouth, as imposing play is always Dwenger's M.O.
"It starts with defense, playing physical, playing fast," Bishop Dwenger head coach Jason Garrett said at the team's first summer workout.
"We hope to do some more things on the offensive side to free up the box at times when we're running the ball."
Strong interior play is tradition for the Saints.
Indiana Hoosiers commit Vinny Fiacable can both protect the pocket and push opposing linemen aside.
Senior quarterback Brenden Lytle will appreciate that, as he keeps the reigns of starting signal caller for a third straight year.
Lytle threw for over 2000 yards and 18 passing touchdowns, last season.
Although, the Saints love to do a ton otheir damage on the ground.
Devon Tippmann returns after rushing for near 500 yards and a dozen punch-ins. Tippmann also led Bishop Dwenger in tackles at linebacker.
"I'm really looking forward to the leadership we're bringing back," Tippmann said.
Fiacable seconds that notion.
"All the seniors are so closely bonded," Fiacable said.
"We're going to use the senior class as the start to rally everyone else."
Defensively, John Michael Fabini joins Tippmann at linebacker, bringing additional athleticism to the position, while senior Callen Stauffer could be a shutdown defensive back.
Another well-balanced Saints squad looks to seal up an SAC Title.
"Our guys are united, and that's our mantra this year," Garrett said.
The Saints scrimmage Carroll at Shields Field six days before they open their season at home against Wayne on August 21, 2020.