(Adair) To say this year’s version of the Adair-Casey Bombers will be eager to prove themselves might be an understatement. This season's senior class has gone a combined 31-6 over their careers with a pair of district titles, but some view new district foes such as Coon Rapids-Bayard, Glidden-Ralston, or Murray to be district powers. The new grouping also includes Guthrie Center moving down from Class A, along with NE Hamilton, Ankeny Christian Academy, and East Union.
The tempered expectations from some are because the Bombers must replace six key seniors including the state’s all-time leading rusher in Clayton Plowman, Traeton Jensen who threw for 24 TD’s and ran for 18 more, offensive line anchor Chris Draman, and leading sackman Logan Dinkla.
What they do have returning is a pair of great athletes Charlie Terry and Emmitt Wheatley. Terry is a bruising running back that coach Chris Bireline describes as just as strong as Plowman. 11 of Terry’s 49 carries a season ago went for scores and he averaged 11.0 yards per attempt. Additionally, Terry averaged 22.8 yards per catch on his 22 receptions. Wheatley, a state track medalist can help the Bombers in a variety of ways. A season ago. Wheatley’s 26 catches for 588 yards and 13 scores all ranked in the top five in the district. The former cross country standout is also valuable in the backfield (26 carries for 230 yards) and as a return man (20 total returns for 425 yards and 1 TD).
In addition to all of the losses to graduation, the Bombers will also be replacing coach Wade Anderson on the sidelines. The signal-caller stepped down at the end of last year following 10 seasons as the head coach of his alma-mater. Taking over is another Bomber alum, Chris Bireline. Bireline has been in or around the program as either a player, volunteer, or assistant coach for over ten years.
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