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Briggs at Watkins Memorial


Watkins Memorial will play host to Briggs in the opener Friday, Aug. 30, in the first meeting between the programs.

Briggs, which is coached by former Ohio State running back and former NFL player Butler By'not'e, finished 1-9 last season. The Bruins' losses were by an average of 50.2 points.

Briggs has returned six starters on offense, including wide receivers Christian Marshall and Dion Leflore, running back/tight end Maleik Gore and three linemen. Gore played quarterback much of last season, but sophomore Tyson Miles is expected to start under center this season in the Bruins' multiple-set offense.

Among the key players for Briggs on defense are linebackers Tyrell Harris and Jacob Hall and cornerback Zach Distelhorst.

Watkins Memorial added Briggs to its schedule to replace Licking Heights, as it will now face the Hornets in league play Oct. 25 at Licking Heights.

"Our goal is to be 3-0 entering league play," coach Jeff Severino said. "We need to gain confidence by winning the non-league games."

Ben Shroyer has returned at quarterback in the Warriors' double-slot veer offense and Hunter Holton is back at wide receiver. Mike Ford is expected to replace 2013 graduate Brenden Kemp as the Warriors' top running back.

Key players for the Warriors on defense include Corbin Lindabury at linebacker, Kyle Hickin and Preston Jenkins on the line and Holton and Travis Hall in the secondary.