PERUThe Bengal Tigers made progress in coach Bob Prescott's second year with a 3-7 overall mark (2-5 Mid-Indiana Conference) after going 0-10 in 2011. Now the Tigers want to build on their 2012 progress, but they are taking it one step at a time.“We are making progress [this year],” Prescott said. “Our guys are getting better every time we step on the field. We want to [always] make sure that we are getting better.
“We will focus on us,” Prescott added. “Our goal is to see improvement. We can’t control who we play.”
Prescott will be looking to the services of junior quarterback Nolan Brimbury and junior running back Michael Richardson (45 carries, 225 yards, 2 TDs last year). Other returning players are seniors Eddie Childers (linebacker), Eli Brubaker (tight end), Nick Cress (center) and Kegan Kern (running back) and junior Tristan Bragg (tackle).Other players looking to see more action are seniors Steven McBride (fullback), Andrew Maynard (linebacker) and Mitch Johnson (cornerback), junior Gordo Maldonado (wide receiver) and sophomores Peyton Sturgill (free safety) and Mitchell Townsend (guard).Prescott wants to build Peru into a top team in the MIC, but knows that will take time.“The conference has winning teams every year, and we have to climb our way up to the top,” Prescott said.As for the state tournament, the IHSAA is entering a new era with the addition of a sixth class for the state's largest schools. The Tigers remain in Class 3A, but with only one common opponent in Maconaquah in Sectional 26. Others joining the sectional are Culver Military Academy, Fairfield, Jimtown, Rochester, Tippecanoe Valley and Twin Lakes.The Tigers open the season Friday hosting Wabash.