EXTENDED TEAM FEATURE
Stranahan Mighty Dragons
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL.
4 OFFENSE, 4 DEFENSE
RUEL PARSON, FRED
FLOWERS, REGGIE SANDILANDS, TOUSINA
MARTIN, ERIK WILLIAMS, ALPHONSO
MILLER, ERNEST ROUNDTREE, DWIGHT
DEVAUGHN, STEVIE WASHINGTON, JAMES
KEY PLAYERS: Maurquel Dillard (Jr., ATH); J’Veion
Johnson (Jr., LB); Ginial Isma (Jr., DB); Edward German
(Jr., WR); Deandre Carr (Sr., OL); Jyiquon Griswell (Jr.,
RB); Dionte Henderson (So., ATH); Khymanie Martin (Jr.,
WR); Jamaal Ruffen (Jr., DB); Uchenna Ezewike (Jr., DL)
1 J’Veion Johnson LB/RB Jr.
2 Maurquel Dillard A TH Jr.
3 Ginial Isma CB/ WR Jr.
4 Jamaal Ruffen CB/ WR Jr.
5 Dontay Watson LB/RB Jr.
6 Jyiquon Griswell RB Jr.
7 Jonathan Solomon QB/ WR So.
8 DionteHenderson ATH So.
9 Edward German WR/CB Jr.
10 Damen Orrell WR/DB So.
11 Samuel Sterlin LB Jr.
12 AdrianFrancis CB/FS Jr.
13 Kyle McGregor WR/LB Jr.
14MatthewKeaton QB So.
15 KhymanieMartin WR Jr.
16 ErnestSantiago LB/WR Sr.
17 T. Cunningham LB So.
18 Clayton Jones Brayant FS/QB Sr.
19 D’ Tonius Clark Jr. WR Jr.
21 Freddie Sears CB/ WR Jr.
22 Patrick Bowen RB/ WR Fr.
23 Moezies Telfort LB So.
24 Tommy German WR/RB Jr.
25 TreBrown FS/LB So.
26 CharlesCook LB/DE Jr.
28 Brandon Prospere LB Jr.
29 McDaniel Marc LB So.
30 AndersonSaintilus FB/DL Jr.
31 StantaviusBartley RB Sr.
32 Don Joseph K/P Jr.
33 FrankiFluery DL/LB Sr.
34 DemeatrisJenkins DL/LB Jr.
35JonathanJoseph DE Sr.
36AlphonsoBrown LB Jr.
42 Isaiah Tolliver LB/RB So.
43 SallieChevelon LB So.
44 AnthonyJohnson DE/TE Sr.
53 BrachuriFields DL/OL So.
54 Esaias Greene OL Jr.
55 Sam Swiney OL So.
56 KyeSims OL Jr.
57 Gabriel Zuniga OL Jr.
58LoubertExantus OL So.
59 SeanJarrett DL/OL Jr.
60 Donovan Bobo OL So.
61 Jorge Carballeda OL Jr.
62 Kevin Jaquet OL Jr.
73 Demeatris McEachern DL Sr.
74 Uchenna Ezcwike DE Jr.
77 DeAndreCarr OL/DL Sr.
81 Donald Wesley WR Jr.
88 KennethPeyton WR So.
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STRANAHAN MIGHTY DRAGONS 2016
AUG. 19: AT COOPER CIT Y
AUG. 26: AT DILLARD
SEP. 1: AT MONARCH
SEP. 16: VS. HALLANDALE
SEP. 22: VS. NORTHEAST
SEP. 30: AT AM. HERITAGE
OCT. 7: AT SOUTH BROWARD
OCT. 14: VS. MIAMI JACKSON
OCT. 21: AT COCONUT CREEK
OCT. 28: VS. CARDINAL GIBBONS
NOV. 4: VS. FORT LAUDERDALE
NOV. 11: VS. PLAYOFF
When Stranahan High School hired former Bethune-Cookman player and assistant
coach Tally Adams Jr. back in
2014, it was looking for a spark.
The program hasn’t had a winning
season since 2009—and it looked
to its 11th all-time coach to try to
change the culture.
What it got was an upbeat,
positive thinking 35-year old head
coach at that time. And though the
past two seasons haven’t been
easy, Adams’ enthusiastic style
hasn’t subsided one bit. He admits
he has a young roster in 2016, but
he also has a chance to start from
scratch with a group that he can
mentor for several years—and he
likes what he sees. The theme of
the 2016 season is “ALL IN.”
“We have been working out in the
weight room since Nov. 10, 2015
(after the season finished) so we
should be a very strong and physical
team this year,” Adams said. “I want
to be the bully this season so my
main focus has been trying to have
my entire team bench pressing 225
or better and right now it is looking
very promising. We will have a very
young team this 2016 season, but
we will be strong.”
That nucleus of physicality
could be exactly what this program
needs. Adams feels like he has
a great cast of upbeat people
within the program to help him get
there, from the booster club, fans
and parents to a hungry group of
underclassmen. Wins over Broward
County opponents like Monarch,
Northeast and South Broward were
a starting point last year.
Adams hopes that the program
that has won seven total games
in two seasons soon turns into
a program that is winning seven
games each season. He thinks it’ll
start with the secondary—which
true to this team’s theme has a few
years of eligibility left.
“We will have one of the
best secondaries in high school
football,” Adams said. “We will play
as a family, with character and with
detail. We will be very strong, we
will be very fast.”
He loves the five guys he’ll have
rotating into that unit. Maurquel
Dillard is a multi-faceted player who
could man the free safety position
or line up at corner—pick your
poison. Dionte Henderson is also
capable of moving into the safety
position, while Freddie Sears, Ginial
Isma and Jaamal Ruffen are all able
to step into positions in the second-
ary. Sears is an intriguing prospect
at 6-foot- 3, 175 pounds—with two
seasons to go.
Dillard, Henderson, Isma,
Sears and Ruffen will need to be
cornerstones for a team that only
returns eight starters overall—but
the good news is every single one
of them is an underclassman and
can tuck these learning experiences into memory.
This talented and young
quintet will play behind some equally
promising talent in the linebacking
corps and on the defensive line. LB
J’Veion Johnson (5-11/205) and
DL Uchenna Ezcwike (6-3/210) are
also standouts. The combination of
Dillard in the secondary, Johnson
at linebacker and Ezcwike up front
is one of the biggest keys on this
entire team—this unit must provide
leadership to an otherwise young
group. Senior linebacker Ernest San-
tiago and senior defensive lineman
Anthony Johnson will be two rare
upperclassmen in the lineup—and
overall, along with the secondary,
the linebacking corps does appear
to have some solid candidates.
“We also need to swarm to the
ball on defense more with bad intentions, and make tackles and strips
when we get there,” Adams said.
On offense, Adams is hoping
6-foot- 1, 180-pound junior receiver
Khymani Martin and super quick
junior running back Jyiquon Griswell
can provide a spark. Dillard and
sophomore Jonathan Soloman
are both solid candidates at
quarterback, while senior offensive
lineman DeAndre Carr (6-0/300)
is just one player up front Adams
said he is hoping to get strong
“We need improvement from
our quarterbacks play, and our
offensive line play must get better,”
Stranahan wants to return to
the days like when it had NFL and
Miami Hurricanes greats Rubin
Carter and Andre King roaming the
home gridiron along with eventual
Auburn product Anthony Judge. This
is a proud program with 10 all-time
state playoff appearances—and
Adams is doing everything he can
to get it back to that point.
Our NASCAR-speed offense will play fast and our black hole defense will play stingy! We will
keep our fans on the edge of their seats this football season! We ask the fans to come out and
support their Mighty Dragons. We are starting to get a lot of support from our parents, which we
truly appreciate! Our athletic director, Mrs. Jennifer Hamilton, has always been so supportive of
our football program. And I want to say ‘thank you’ to Mr. Hazell for supporting our program by
all do for me! And last, my beautiful wife and my beautiful mother for always having my back!
A WORD FROM COACH ADAMS
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