Friday, September 01, 2017 1:00 am
Luers star facing old Homestead teammates
GREG JONES | The Journal Gazette
(All at 7 p.m.)
Bishop Dwenger at South Side
Bishop Luers at Homestead
Carroll at North Side
Snider at Concordia
Wayne at Northrop
Columbia City at Bellmont
DeKalb at New Haven
Huntington North at East Noble
Leo at Norwell
Jay County at Southern Wells
Lapel at Adams Central
South Adams at Bluffton
Woodlan at Heritage
Central Noble at Fairfield
Churubusco at Garrett
Jimtown at Angola
West Noble at Eastside
Plymouth at Warsaw
Wawasee at Northridge
Maconaquah at Whitko
The last time we saw Jordan Presley on the Homestead turf, he was wrapping up his record-setting sophomore season. Presley will return to Homestead tonight, albeit wearing a different uniform as he leads Bishop Luers into a battle between SAC unbeatens.
After running for a school-record 1,733 yards with 24 touchdowns, Presley transferred to Luers over the offseason. He has already accumulated 516 all-purpose and 255 rushing yards with three touchdowns for the Knights (2-0), who are averaging 31 points per game.
“It will be going up against my old teammates, but overall I just want to act like it is a regular game; I appreciate what the (Homestead) coaching staff did for me, but I found a new place here, and I feel pretty good about it,” Presley said.
Presley made quite the debut for Luers two weeks ago, totaling 288 yards and three touchdowns in a season-opening 34-19 win over Carroll.
The Knights are off to their first 2-0 start since 2011, when they won the third of their four straight Class 2A state championships.
“We expected it, and we expect to do more things,” Presley said of the 2-0 start. “Improvement should come from our passing game, make sure we can read the defense well and study more film because some things we are a little off on.”
Homestead (2-0), behind quarterback Jiya Wright, hasn't missed a beat offensively this season and has scored 92 points in two games, second only to Snider's 128.
“It will be a pretty good game,” Presley said. “I will definitely be a little nervous inside, but I want to come out and show them what the new Jordan Presley is.”
Presley said he has added strength to his 5-foot-10, 188-pound frame and some speed during the offseason.
“Also, my mindset for the game has gotten way higher than it was last year,” he said. “I can see more holes, and I can figure out what I can do more. I can go out for passes and do punt returns and kick returns and all of it.
“In the offseason, the coaches were really on me about it, and 9 a.m. practices all summer. It was a lot of discipline and a lot of conditioning.”
Presley's transition to Luers was helped by his friendship with senior Tyreeon Hambright, an already established running back with the Knights. Hambright is injured and out of action.
“A big help was Tyreeon,” Presley said. “He helped me a lot. I am a junior, and he is an upperclassmen. He knew I was going to be here, and he wanted to help out. Unfortunately he got hurt, but he will be back.
“The (Luers) coaches already seemed to have a spot for me, and they were glad I was here. I was pretty happy to see them.”
A return to Homestead means another game on the turf, which makes most offensive players excited.
“It has been awhile, but it will probably bring back memories,” Presley said of playing on the turf once again.
Greg Jones is the assistant sports editor for The Journal Gazette and has been covering sports in Fort Wayne since 1998. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; phone, 461-8224; or fax, 461-8648.