Fall is in the air as the 2022 IHSAA high school football season is set to kickoff Friday, Aug. 19. There’s plenty of change afoot optimism as new head coaches take charge at seven local programs — South Bend Adams, Elkhart, Glenn, South Bend Riley, Saint Joseph, Goshen and Plymouth.
Over the past month, Tribune sportswriter Justin Frommer took to the road and visited practices in four different counties. Here’s what he found out about our area teams (click on the links to read more):
NORTHERN INDIANA CONFERENCE
South Bend Adams Eagles
▶ The South Bend Adams high school football team will begin a new era under former QB, Frank Karczewski
▶ New coach is making swift changes to his former football program
▶ The Bremen Lions are hoping to build on a seven-win season during the 2021 campaign
South Bend Clay Colonials
▶ Only where to got is up: The Colonials didn’t win a game in 2021 and scored a total of 29 points during the season
▶ Why South Bend Clay has more confidence in 2022 than previous seasons
▶ How Elkhart senior football players stepped up without a coach
▶ Lions begin a new chapter in its football history under first-year head coach Romison Saint-Louis
▶ Can Jimtown breakthrough with a sectional title in 2022?
John Glenn Eagles
▶John Barron takes on new challenge with Glenn football after 17 years at Plymouth
Mishawaka Marian Knights
▶The Knights have made the 3A semistate in three consecutive seasons. But the trip to Indy has still alluded to Mike Davidson and his team
▶Why a Marine was at Mishawaka Marian football practice
New Prairie Cougars
▶New Prairie is ready to move past last year’s 4A semistate heartbreak to Northridge
▶The Kingsmen rebounded from a slow regular season to win an IHSAA sectional championship in 2021. Now they want more.
▶ Penn adds head coaching flare into 2022 coaching staff
South Bend Riley Wildcats
▶ Getting to know the 2022 South Bend Riley Wildcats
▶ Culture and foundation being set in Riley football program
South Bend Saint Joseph Indians
▶Ben Downey returns for his second stint as Saint Joe’s football coach
▶New city, new team, new position and new commitment: Why everything changed for Daeh McCullough
South Bend Washington Panthers
▶Getting to know the 2022 South Bend Washington Panthers
▶Panthers are buying in to Todd Stammich’s coaching
NORTHERN LAKES CONFERENCE
▶Inexperience will be a major storyline for the Minutemen this season
▶Goshen has not had a winning football season since 2016. Tom Wogomon hopes to change that this season.
▶ Getting to know the 2022 Mishawaka Cavemen
▶ Brady Fisher excited to replace older brother as Mishawaka’s quarterback
▶ Northridge high school advanced to last year’s IHSAA 4A football state championship in Indianapolis. Can it do it again?
▶ NorthWood looks to bounce back after following up 4-2 start with a 1-3 finish in 2021 season
▶ Plymouth begins a new chapter in its football history under first-year head coach Adam Handley