Luckily, one of those is senior running back Kani Benoit who rushed for over 1400 yards and 19 touchdowns a year ago. One of the most explosive backs in the state, he averaged nearly eight yards a carry.
2012 Thunderbird Chiefs Schedule
8/24 @ Desert Edge
8/31 vs. Saguaro
9/7 @ Arcadia
9/14 vs. Paradise Valley
9/20 @ Greenway
9/28 @ Cactus
10/5 vs. Carl Hayden Community
10/12 @ Moon Valley
10/19 @ Sunnyslope
10/26 vs. Washington
“[He’s] got God-given talent along with the work ethic and desire to succeed,” Wittenwyler told Pros2Preps.com. “He has worked hard the past two years to become a football player, not just someone who plays football.”
Benoit’s partner in crime Connor Hustead, who tallied an eye-popping 1499 yards and 24 touchdowns, has graduated. 6’1, 160-pound senior Carter Hoffman is expected to take a bigger role in the offense.
Versatile John Raynak is back for his senior year. Described by Wittenwyler as a “smart, athletic kid who loves to play football,” he’ll be counted on for leadership in the secondary after tallying 47 tackles and recovering three fumbles as a junior.
Even with several holes to fill across the board coming off an 8-4 season in 2011, Wittenwyler has liked what he’s seen so far.
“[The] attitude and enthusiasm [of this team] has been the best since I have been here.”