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When Carthage coach Sam Millich says this team looks and feels like a sectional contender even before the season begins, you know he has something special.

With 19 returning veterans among a 48-man roster, a number of impact newcomers, and athletes all over the field, the Comets have the talent, speed, and most importantly, depth, to be there at the end of the season.

“Offensively, we’ve got more playmakers,”Millich said. “And defensively, we are quicker and can cover more ground. It still comes down to blocking and tackling, which we’ve done pretty well the last few seasons.”

Senior quarterback Bailey Wilkinson will trigger the offense. Joining him in a deep backfield will be Gunnar Serota, Rodrick Groce, Kahlil Payne and Brendan Endrina. Versatile seniors Dylan James and Tim O’Connor will be the main receivers, and Millich also has a staunch line, led by returning All-North performer Trevor Gibbons.

The defense will consist of many of the offensive standouts, with great experience at linebacker.

“Our program is in great shape with over 150 kids participating,” Millich said. “We’ve been building toward this for a few years, and now we have to perform at a higher level every week.”

CARTHAGE COMETS

2012 record: 3-5 overall, 3-2 Class A National.

Coach: Sam Millich (14th year, 64-49).

Players to watch: Trevor Gibbons (Sr., OL/DL); Bailey Wilkinson (Sr., QB/DB, 412 yds. rushing, 5 TD, 364 yds. passing, 3 TD); Dylan James (Sr., WR/QB/DB); Jake Turck (Sr., WR/LB); Tim O’Connor (Sr., WR/LB); Gunner Serota (Sr., RB/LB); Rodrick Groce (Sr., RB/LB); Garret Posey (Sr., OL/DL); Malik Little (WR/DB); Josh Yelvington (Jr., WR/DB); Kahlil Payne (Jr., RB/LB); Brendan Endrina (Jr., RB/LB).

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