Posted: 7:13 pm Friday, March 27th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
Dwyer’s football team already is loaded with returning talent, and the Panthers will have at least two new faces when they begin the new season.
Wide receiver Mike Ruiz and pass rusher Leroy Kelson, formerly two of Inlet Grove’s most talented underclassmen, transferred to Dwyer at the end of last semester and will play for the Panthers in 2009.
“Mike started school at Dwyer as a freshman and we’re happy to have him back,” Panthers coach Jack Daniels said. “And Leroy lives in our district. I never knew Leroy but he’s a really hard worker and he’s going to be a very good player.”
Daniels said it is hard to tell at this point but he thinks both players have a good chance to land starting jobs.
Ruiz (5-9, 160) will be a senior and is expected to see time at receiver and defensive back. Playing with quarterback Terry Bradden last year, Ruiz caught 45 passes for 726 yards, more than any other small-school player, and scored five touchdowns. He was first-team all-area and made the honorable mention list for all-state.
Kelson (6-0, 200) is strong and quick, and fits Dwyer’s mold for defensive ends and outside linebackers. He will be a junior in the fall and was all-state in Class 2A, as well as honorable mention for all-area small schools.
Ruiz’ younger brother, Marcus Scott, will be a junior next season and plays running back and linebacker for Dwyer.