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Monday, October 12, 2009
Irving Nimitz defense sparks turnaround

The worst-to-first turnaround for the Irving Nimitz football program is grounded in dramatic defensive improvement.

Nimitz allowed an average of 36.7 points a game last year while going 1-9. This year, Nimitz (6-1 overall, 3-0 in District 7-5A), has allowed 14.

Eddrick Loften, an Oklahoma pledge, provides the last line of defense from free safety. He has 108 tackles (31 solos) and three interceptions, including one that clinched Friday's 17-10 win over Duncanville.

But Nimitz coach Steve Hohenberger says that pound-for-pound, linebacker Michael Young could be the team's best player. Young (5-7, 155 pounds) has 87 tackles (19 solos) with 15 for losses.

"Michael Young is what high school football is all about," Hohenberger said. "He has a motor on him that never runs down. He never even has a bad practice."

Nimitz can clinch its first playoff berth since 2002 with a win over Irving MacArthur at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Irving Schools Stadium.