“You’ve seen his feet on the basketball court,” Hoffman said. “He’s just got great feet, good work ethic. He’s fast. Everybody sees his quickness on the basketball court, but he can fly.”
Guiding all that offensive talent is a three-year starter at quarterback in strong-armed senior Argjent Ismaili, who as a junior was named second-team All-Conference and threw for a county-best 1,455 yards to go with 13 touchdowns.
A highly intelligent student who’s getting looks from Ivy League programs, Hoffman said Ismaili has command of a passing game that was revamped in the offseason.
Of course, all that talent can’t be utilized if there’s no blocking up front. One of the reasons Franklin — which ended Indian Trail’s season with a 44-7 blowout win in a WIAA Division-1 second-round playoff game last year — has dominated the SEC of late is because the Sabers routinely control the lines.
Well, this year Indian Trail has a front five as strong and experienced as anyone in senior left tackle Gavin Powell (6-2, 205), junior left guard Luis Delvale-Vera (6-0, 305), senior center Mason Kochersperger (5-10, 250), senior right guard Riley Kennow (6-5, 305) and senior right tackle Jacob Seeger (6-7, 260).
Kennow was a first-team All-SEC pick last season, Kochersperger was on the second team and Delvale-Vera was honorable mention. Kennow and Kochersperger were also named to the Joe Thomas Award Preseason Watch List for the best senior offensive lineman in the state.