Plan to be in the Mix for District Championship
Class: 2A Div. II Region: 4 District: 14
School Colors: Orange and Black
Playoff Appearances: 9
State Championships: None
Head Coach: Cal Neatherlin (5-14 in 2 years)
Assistant Coaches: Trey Marik, Ethan Watson, Chris Martin, Tyler Mangold, Mitchell Leonard
Offense: Multiple Formation Power Spread
|8/27||@ Hull Daisetta|
|9/10||@ Jewett Leon|
|9/17||Alpha Omega Academy|
|9/11||@ Jewett Leon||L 30-29|
|9/18||@ Granger*||L 20-17|
|10/2||@ Iola*||L 42-36|
|10/16||@ Snook*||L 30-7|
For me, the highlight of the season, came after all the injuries and 3 heartbreaking losses to win two consecutive district games in a row at home, while playing 3 games in 11 days due to COVID-make-ups that gave us a chance to make the playoffs. I was so proud of how hard our guys kept fighting and believing in what we were doing. They showed a lot of grit and toughness.
The most challenging part was dealing with the 3 consecutive losses on the final play of the game. The ball just didn’t bounce our way. It was made even more difficult by having two extra byes due to other teams canceling from COVID issues.
This team can be very good if we stay healthy. We have our QB and all of our leading WR’s back this year and feel like we can score with anyone. At RB we lost a good one with Jeremiah Teague, but we feel that we have the guys that can be successful there. We will probably do it by committee. Our skill guys are our strongest area with tons of depth. Our linemen are really big and strong but depth is a concern. Defensively, we have everyone in our secondary back and should be even better. Our Defensive line is all back and should be tough as well. Our LB crew will have some new faces but should be better with depth. Overall, we should have more team speed and should run to the ball better. On special teams, we need to find a kicker and punter which will be challenging.
Our toughest game will be Anderson-Shiro because they are a 3AD2 school and will have more players and depth. The game I am looking forward to the most is the Snook game because we finally get to play them at home, which will be the first time for me. It’s also always fun to play Burton because of the rivalry and several players are relatives which adds to the excitement!
Our coaching staff believes the district is wide open and that we have as good a chance as anyone to make the playoffs and fight for the district title.
QB Johnny Legg - He is our returning QB and accounted for over 1000 yards of offense. We feel with a year under his belt, he will be even better.
WR Verkobe Woodberry - He is our returning leading WR and 1st team All-district. He has great hands and is tough to tackle.
WR Dominic Tucker - Another returning starter with great potential being at 6′2. He is very athletic and should have a great year.
WR Gardner Shivers - Didn’t play much early in the year due to injury, but is tall and athletic with great hands. We are glad he’s back.
RB Deven Green - Gets the chance to replace Teague. He is elusive and with confidence and reps could be good!
TE Julian Frayre - Was at WR but moving to TE which helps him favorably with matchups.
OL Cullen Sablatura - Returning All-District - strong, smart, good feet.
OL Cedric Hudgen - Big-time power blocker, could be dominant.
OL Dustin Vess - Versatile, big and coachable, great motor.
DL Cedric Hudgen - Big and powerful - great first step - makes big plays upfront, disruptive force.
DL Dustin Vess - Another big guy that has a knack for the ball, and is relentless.
LB Payton Sprouse - 3-year starter that will hit you!
LB Oscar Rivera-Espinoza - Plays fast and makes plays with his sure tackling.
C Verkobe Woodberry - Is a shutdown corner and a great tackler.
C Herschel Conway - Started as a freshman, had several interceptions last year.
S Gardner Shivers - Came in from injury late and still had a multiple interception game as a freshman.
S Dominic Tucker - 2-year starter, has the potential to be a ball hawk.
QB Johnny Legg, Senior, 6′1, 170lbs - 64-118 for 896 yards 8 TD’s 8 INT’s 62 rushes 297 yards 5 TD’s
WR Verkobe Woodberry, Senior, 5′7, 140lbs - 34 rec for 562 yards 6 TD’s - 1st Team All-District
WR Dominic Tucker, Junior, 6′2, 165lbs - 7 rec 76 yards 1 TD
WR Herschel Conway, Sophomore, 5′3, 130lbs - 8 rec 117 yards
C Ross Dubois, Senior, 5′10, 205lbs
RG Cullen Sablatura, Senior, 6′1, 260lbs - All-District
RT Cedric Hudgen, Senior, 5′11, 315lbs
CB Verkobe Woodberry, Senior, 5′7, 140lbs - 55 tackles 1 INT - 1st Team All-District
CB Herschel Conway, Sophomore, 5′3, 130lbs - 37 tackles 2 INT’s
S Dominic Tucker, Junior, 6′2, 165lbs - 16 tackles
S Johnny Legg, Senior, 6′1, 170lbs - 50 tackles 2 INT’s - 1st Team All-District
DE Dustin Vess, Senior, 6′2, 255lbs - 16 tackles 2 sacks
DL Cedric Hudgen, Senior, 5′11, 315lbs - 27 tackles 2 caused fumbles 1 recovery - All-District
LB Oscar Rivera-Espinoza, Senior, 5′6, 140lbs - 43 tackles 1 INT - Honorable Mention
LB Payton Sprouse, Senior, 6′1, 200lbs - 53 tackles - All-District
LB Sebastian Vega, Senior, 5′10, 225lbs - 13 tackles before a season-ending injury.
OTHER KEY PLAYERS
WR/S Gardner Shivers, Sophomore, 6′2, 150lbs - Came off injury and had 2 INT’s 11 tackles.
TE/LB Julian Frayer, Senior, 6′1, 190lbs - Moving to TE will help him take advantage of less skilled guys.
RB/S Deven Green, Junior, 5′8, 170lbs - 18 rushes for 109 and 1 TD.
OL/DL Andrew Vasquez, Sophomore, 5′8, 205lbs - He started and played a bunch on both sides of the ball.
RB/S Arvis Burns, Senior, 5′8, 175lbs - Hasn’t played since freshman year, but could have a big impact!
CB/WR Victory Orozco, Sophomore, 5′8, 148lbs - Has really worked hard and be a big contributor this year.
S/WR Isaac Sanchez, Senior, 5′6, 150lbs - Should really contribute this year!
RB/LB Evan Garay, Senior, 5′8, 160lbs - Missed all of last season with an injury but will be back full speed this year!
QB/RB/DE/LB Caleb Hanks, Sophomore, 5′11, 190lbs - Utility player that can help contribute everywhere on the field.
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