ENROLLMENT: 168 (REGION IV-A)
2013 RECORD: 2-8, 0-6
THE COACH: Paul Calvert
THE PLAYERS: Quinton Staggers (Sr., DL), Gage Fogle (Sr., TE),
Xavier Myers (Sr., OL), Joshua Harley (Jr. RB), Andre Black well
(Sr., WR), Tykilree Darby (Sr., DB), Jedidiah Davis (Sr., OL)
THE WORD: After increasing its win total from the previous
three seasons combined, North believes it is finally on the
road to respectability. Stability in the coaching ranks has
helped provide a foundation for offseason training and there’s
an experienced group of players returning. Chief among those
is Staggers, who racked up 80 tackles and five sacks a year
ago en route to being named an All-Region performer. With
him chasing opposing quarterbacks, defensive back Darby
should improve on his three interceptions from last season.
Wide receiver Blackwell is expected to offer offensive firepower after catching 18 passes for 450 yards in 2013.
WAGENER-SALLEY WAR EAGLES
ENROLLMENT: 298 (REGION IV-A)
2013 RECORD: 7-4, 4-2
THE COACH: Ken Tucker
THE PLAYERS: Ke’Aunri Holmes (Jr., RB), Quinton Clemons
THE WORD: A senior-heavy team a year ago, Wagener-Salley
needs to fill a number of key voids as the season begins. While
the War Eagles need to develop receivers, the running back
position is solid as Holmes takes over as the starter. He rushed
56 times last year for 449 yards and five scores. An aggressive
defensive lineman that also happens to be light on his feet,
Clemons is among those being asked to take a leadership role.
WILLISTON-ELKO BLUE DEVILS
ENROLLMENT: 300 (REGION IV-A)
2013 RECORD: 9-3, 6-0
THE COACH: Derek Youngblood
THE WORD: After seven seasons, coach Dwayne Garrick
resigned during the spring. His departure came following a
stretch in which Williston-Elko won 80 percent of its games.
Last season may have been one of the Blue Devils’ best in
terms of resilience as they won nine straight games after
starting the campaign 0-2. Despite the dawn of a new era,
Williston-Elko seeks to continue the standard of excellence
that has made it a perennial contender in Class A by using a
physical brand of football and an aggressive defense.
ENROLLMENT: 344 (REGION V-A)
2013 RECORD: 9-3, 5-0
THE COACH: Eddie Ford
THE PLAYERS: Kenarda Smith (Jr., RB/LB), Richard Garvin
(So., RB/DB), Rayquan Brown (Jr., OL/DL)
THE WORD: Even in defeat Allendale-Fairfax let it be known
they would not go down without a fight. A step away from a
state title game appearance a season ago, the Tigers hope
to take the next step this fall and fulfill years of promise for
the proud program. With a hard-nosed attack on offense that
prides itself on playing physical football, returning running
back Smith provides a veteran presence. As for defense,
underclassmen Garvin and Brown proved they are up to the
task a season ago and are being asked to duplicate the effort.
ENROLLMENT: 392 (REGION V-A)
2013 RECORD: 7-6, 4-1
THE COACH: Kevin Crosby
THE PLAYERS: LaSamuel Davis (Sr., DE), A.J. McDonald (Sr.,
SS), Drew Wilson (Jr., OL), Savalas Cann (So., WR/DB)
THE WORD: Spending the past two seasons sharpening its
swords in Class 2A, Bamberg-Ehrhardt returns to the friendlier, more familiar environment in Region 5-A where for years
it made hay as one of the state’s more dominant programs.
Through the years, the Red Raiders have served as a pipeline
for college and NFL talent and this season is no different. After racking up 112 tackles and seven sacks a year ago, senior
defensive end Davis is following in the footsteps of former
B-E talent such as Tampa Bay Buccaneer DaQuan Bowers.
Davis and fellow senior McDonald will anchor the Red Raiders’ defense. That unit showed flashes of dominance toward
the end of the 2013 campaign, holding each of the final seven
opponents to 20 points or less. To fulfill their championship
aspirations though, the offense must come of age with highly
touted underclassmen in offensive lineman Drew Wilson and
wideout Savalas Cann seeing significant time.
ENROLLMENT: 166 (REGION V-A)
2013 RECORD: 1-9, 1-4
THE COACH: Glynn Darby
THE WORD: Winning seasons have eluded Bethune-Bowman
in recent years, a trend coach Darby and his squad hope
to change. Though the issues on offense are profound,
Bethune-Bowman must hunker down on defense if improvement is to be made. The Mohawks gave up 40 points or more
in seven of their 10 games last year.
BRANCHVILLE YELLOW JACKETS
ENROLLMENT: 198 (REGION V-A)
2013 RECORD: 3-8, 1-4
THE COACH: Dan Reynolds
THE PLAYERS: Austin Hobby (Sr., RB/DB), Patrick Strange
THE WORD: A losing season isn’t necessarily the goal for any team,
but for Branchville it signaled progress as the Yellow Jackets added a pair of victories to the win column following a 2012 season
in which they went 1-10. Adding to the win total this season may
be difficult in part due to the rigorous region in which they play, but
the offensive backfield tandem of Hobby and Strange may have
something to say about it as they utilize the Wing-T attack.
ENROLLMENT: 230 (REGION V-A)
2013 RECORD: 2-9, 1-4
THE COACH: Paris Mason
THE PLAYERS: Ricco Parler (Jr., QB), Malik Washington (Jr.,
OL/LB), Dunbar Dustin (Sr., RB/LB)
THE WORD: With former head man Michael Jordan headed off for
greener pastures, Denmark-Olar turns to coach Ma¬son to revive a program accustomed to making waves on the state level.
At least one thing is working in the Vikings’ favor, quarterback
Parler returns after racking up more than 1,800 all-purpose
yards a season ago. Finding a sufficient mate in the backfield will
be a chore as a host of backs, led by Travis Smalls and LaDamian
Dunbar, vie for the lead role. Graduation hit the Vikings hard on
the defensive side, but a few holdovers hope to make an impact.
ENROLLMENT: 282 (REGION V-A)
2013 RECORD: 9-3, 4-1
THE COACH: J.C. Threatt
THE PLAYERS: Jarvis Singleton (Sr., RB), DeAngelo Bryant
(Sr., RB, WR/P), Chad Risher (Jr., TE/LB), Devon Smith (Sr.,
RB/LB), Legend Brown (Sr., WR/DB)
THE WORD: After a very successful nine-win season, hopes are
high at Estill. Singleton and Bryant, both of whom topped the
1,000-yard mark while combining to score 30 touchdowns on
the ground last season, are back to the lead the Gators’ offensive attack. Bryant was also the team’s leading receiver with
nine receptions for 200 yards and three trips to the end zone.
Linebacker Risher is the top returning tackler, bringing 77 opposing ballcarriers to the ground in 2013. He’ll get help from Smith
at the linebacker level, while Brown will lead the secondary.
BAPTIST HILL BOBCATS
ENROLLMENT: 269 (REGION VI-A)
2013 RECORD: 6-5, 2-2
THE COACH: Marion Brown
THE PLAYERS: Glenn Grant (Jr., RB), Dominique Brant (Sr.,
WR/DL), Nicholas Smith (Sr., DB)
THE WORD: A large share of offensive production was lost
via graduation, including the Bobcats’ top three rushers.
Fortunately, the cupboard isn’t bare as Grant is expected to
ascend to the starting spot in the offensive backfield after
seeing action in eight games. In those contests, he rushed
25 times for 241 yards and a pair of scores. Coaches are
on the lookout for breakout receivers as well, though Brant
hopes to take up the slack following a 32-reception, 434-
yard campaign in 2013. Brant was also among the team’s
top tacklers, bringing down 76 opposing ballcarriers. He’ll
receive help on the defensive side of the ball from the likes
of Smith, who notched 61 tackles last season.
ENROLLMENT: 378 (REGION VI-A)
2013 RECORD: 0-10, 0-7
THE COACH: Terrell Funney
THE WORD: While a return to the program’s winning ways is the
goal, Burke is simply hoping for a victory. By the time the Bulldogs take the field this fall they will have gone nearly t wo years
since the they have celebrated a win. Nothing went Burke’s
way in 2013 as the Bulldogs averaged only seven points per
contest while allowing better than 50. However, moving down
in classification may bring a reversal of fortunes.
ENROLLMENT: 177 (REGION VI-A)
2013 RECORD: 6-6, 3-1
THE COACH: Shaun Wright
THE PLAYERS: Jamar Matthews (Jr., QB), Jamarial Pringle (Sr.,
LB), Anthony Myers (Sr., WR/DB), Jaywaun Washington (Sr.,
ATH), Timmek Wright (Sr., RB/LB), Isaiah Hampton (Sr., TE/
DL), Qwantavious Felder (So., RB/DB), Tiryn Footman (Sr.,
DB), Anthony Wigfall (Jr., DB)
THE WORD: The Trojans must replace their top three rushers
from last season’s squad with Matthews and Felder leading the charge. Felder averaged seven yards per carry as a
freshman in limited action and will be leaned on to produce.
Cross is suited for defense with a unit that returns a handful
of starters, including top tackler Footman. He’s excellent in
pursuit along with 6-foot- 2, 230-pound specialist Pringle.
Defensive back Wigfall will step into a leadership role as an
upper classmen along with Wright. Finishing above .500 in
the 1A ranks is an obtainable goal for this year’s Trojans.
LINCOLN YELLOW JACKETS
ENROLLMENT: 91 (REGION VI-A)
2013 RECORD: 1-10, 0-4
THE COACH: James Waring
THE PLAYERS: Eric Manigault (Sr., QB), Antonyo Pinckney (Sr.,
RB/DL), DaQuan Doiley (Sr., RB/LB), Kristopher Cash (Jr.,
WR/DB), Ikell Singleton (Sr., WR/DB)
THE WORD: While youth was served for the Lincoln football
squad in 2013, seeds were sown that could lead to great things.
Several key pieces, particularly on the offensive side, are back
for the Yellow Jackets, including quarterback Manigault and
talented running backs Pinckney and Doiley. Also helping to
supplement Lincoln on offense is the presence of Cash and
Singleton, both of whom will also see time on defense.
MILITARY MAGNET EAGLES
ENROLLMEN T: 221 (REGION VI-A)
2013 RECORD: 5-7, 1-3
THE COACH: Michael Breedlove
THE WORD: A heartbreaking end to the 2013 season has Military Magnet hungry to take another step toward its dream
of a state crown. Though they were able to advance to the
second round of postseason play, the Eagles were only able
to achieve a single victory in a region that includes several
of the classification’s top squads. Reclassification to a new
conference should change that for Military Magnet and
there’s potential for brighter days ahead.
ST. JOHN’S ISLANDERS
ENROLLMENT: 301 (REGION VI-A)
2013 RECORD: 6-5, 4-0
THE COACH: Brad Bowles
THE PLAYERS: Tai wan Green (Sr., LB), DeAndre Peterson (So., LB),
Kayvon Lowry (Sr., LB), Tahaj Buncomb (Sr., OL), Dej Shaun Bailey
(Jr., QB), Jordan Hammond (Sr., RB), Michael Rucker (Sr., RB)
THE WORD: Defense wins championships. With that said, St.
John’s head coach Bowles is pretty confident in his team’s
prospects as the defending Region 6-A champion returns
10 starters. Anchoring the defensive unit are hard-hitting
linebackers Peterson and Lowry, who racked up 101 and
61 tackles, respectively, a season ago. Running backs Hammond and Rucker are expected to lead a potent offensive
attack for the Islanders. In order to take things to the next
level though, St. John’s must swiftly groom quarterback Bailey into the field general coach Bowles believes he can be.
There must also be improvement in the defensive backfield.
C.E. MURRAY WAR EAGLES
ENROLLMENT: 282 (REGION VII-A)
2013 RECORD: 2-8, 2-3
THE COACH: Brian Smith
THE PLAYERS: Alexander Bradley (Sr., QB), Kaishawn Edwards (Sr., RB/LB), Tyler Dorsey (Sr., WR/LB), Tykeem Canty
(Jr., WR), Damien Berry (Sr., WR)
THE WORD: Oceanez Fluitt was a one-of-a-kind athlete; the type
that rarely walks the halls of any high school, much less C.E.
Murray. But for the War Eagles, it’s time to move on and it will
be a tough task considering the departed Fluitt was the team’s
leader in rushing and receiving yards, as well as tackles. Where
there was once a one-man wrecking crew, there are now opportunities as talented quarterback Bradley steps up. As a junior,
he passed for 1,782 yards and 12 scores. Fortunately, experienced receivers return in Dorsey, Canty and Berry. The biggest
issue during the offseason was how the War Eagles could seal
some of the cracks in their defense, a unit that held opponents
to less than 30 points on only one occasion in 2013.
EAST CLARENDON WOLVERINES
ENROLLMENT: 299 (REGION VII-A)
2013 RECORD: 4-6, 1-4
THE COACH: Dwayne Howell
THE PLAYERS: Marquice Elmore (Sr., WR), Adam Lowder (Sr., RB),
Jared Hair (Sr., QB), Carlile Timmons (Jr., OL), Spencer Jent (Sr.,
OL), Devonte Cooper (Sr., OL), Zach Coker (Sr., OL), Sulli Lee (Jr.,
LB), Duwuan Butler (So., LB), Daulton Parker (Jr., LB), Savonta
Hall (Sr., RB), Kenneth McFadden (So., DB), Tyler Baker (So., DL),
Trayshawn McKenzie (Sr., DB), Ryan Knowlton (Sr., WR)
THE WORD: Eighteen starters – nine on each side of the
ball – return for East Clarendon and the Wolverine faithful
hopeful for a return to greatness this fall. Leading the way is
versatile quarterback Hair, who threw for more than 1,000
yards and seven touchdowns last season. He’ll be aided by
Elmore, an All-State performer that caught 40 balls for 493
yards and six touchdowns. Lowder adds explosive potential
as he rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2013. While the
offense is solid, coaches want more from a defensive unit
that they hope will be more aggressive.
ENROLLMENT: 350 (REGION VII-A)
2013 RECORD: 0-10, 0-5
THE COACH: Al Calcutt
THE PLAYERS: Blayne Hayes (Sr., OL), Jerried Self (Sr., QB),
Abner McNeil (Sr., TE/DE), Jordan Jenkins (Sr., WR/DB)
THE WORD: A rough season in which the Raiders failed to
post a victory was made even tougher during the offseason
as head coach Matt Moss opted to step down. Whoever
takes the job has quite the task ahead as Hannah-Pamplico
plays in the always tough Region VII-A. The good news for the
Raiders is that Self, who threw for 357 yards and four touchdowns last season, returns at quarterback. He also gets his
top receiver back for another year in Jenkins. Improvement
on offense is moot, however, if the defense doesn’t step up.
That unit gave up more than 45 points per game a year ago.
SCOTT’S BRANCH EAGLES
ENROLLMENT: 206 (REGION VII-A)
2013 RECORD: 1-9, 0-5
THE COACH: Wayne Farmer
THE WORD: Once a team perennially in the discussion for a
state title, Scott’s Branch has fallen on hard times. However,
things can’t get much lower than the 2013 campaign in which
the Eagles won only once and scored just 38 points in 10