"I coached those guys for four years," Smolder said. "I miss them and I appreciate the work they put in. They have helped bring this program to be competitive again. Our goal is to take it to the next step."
Rising senior Nathan Miller replaces Crawford, and will be Sissonville's quarterback this season. Last year, Miller played wide receiver and had 481 yards receiving and eight scores.
However, Miller played the position a lot his sophomore year, making the transition an easy one, according to Smolder.
"Nathan Miller has stepped in at quarterback and is doing a great job," Smolder said. "He has played the position in the past. He is looking really good. He has improved physically and mentally this off-season. We are looking for him to do big things.
"I see him having a big year. He is a leader as well. He just needs to continue to work on getting better every day. He is athletic, works hard, and is developing into a leader. He's a senior and wants it. The kids are following him right now. He has a bright future."
In trying to replace Stowers, rising sophomore Jared Wilkinson will get most of the opportunities. Wilkinson started at the wing back position last season.
"Jared is going to be a good player," Smolder said. "I look for him to step up. He and Austin Burford will be in the backfield, along with Dominic Walker and Tyler Shaffer. They have played a lot and now is the time for them to be leaders and take control. I'm excited about their progress."
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