Charlotte Country Day head football coach Bob Witman has known who his quarterback would be coming into each of the past four seasons.In 2009 and 2010, it was Morgan Roberts, a two-time all-state quarterback who led the team to an N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I state championship in 2010 before going to Clemson and transferring to Yale.The past two years it has been Michael Radford, a dual-threat quarterback who passed for 1,625 yards and 21 touchdowns and also rushed 707 yards his senior season before heading to Wake Forest. This summer, theres a three-way race for the position. Weve obviously got really big shoes to fill, Witman said. Well have to see how that settles out. The three players vying for the position are senior Robert Tate (5-foot, 11-inch, 165 pounds), junior Jordan Greene (5-foot, 7-inch, 174 pounds) and sophomore Cole Bloomer (6-foot, 161 pounds). Its not real clear cut who its going to be, Witman said. And the style of offense the team plays is going to depend on who that individual is. Whoever starts at quarterback will have three familiar targets in senior wide receivers Thomas Jackson (5-foot, 11-inch, 183 pounds) and Akanimo Eyo (5-foot, 8-inch, 166 pounds) and junior receiver Byron Smith (6-foot, 1-inch, 155 pounds).Those three come back from a team that finished 9-2 last year, losing in the first round of the NCISAA playoffs to Providence Day. I think the highlight is we have several skill kids back offensively that are going to help us, Witman said. With those receivers, we know we can get the ball in their hands and make plays.The only other offensive returning starter for the Bucs is senior lineman Joseph Howe (6-foot, 1-inch, 215 pounds), who was named All-NCISAA last season. Country Day has more returning starters on the defensive side of the ball, including senior all-state defensive back Michael Shields (6-foot, 197 pounds), all-state senior defensive tackle Michael Stanback (6-foot, 1-inch, 280 pounds) and all-state senior linebacker Hunt Blanchat (5-foot, 10-inch, 166 pounds). Senior Stukie Philips (5-foot, 10-inch, 170 pounds) also returns in the secondary, senior Kyle Segal (5-foot, 8-inch, 222 pounds) returns on the defensive line and junior Sheppard Wilson (5-foot, 7-inch, 155 pounds) will be an athlete on defense, playing different positions depending on the formation. The Bucs will play a tough schedule with the annual rivalry game against Charlotte Catholic early in the season followed by road games against public schools Durham Hillside and Weddington. Country Day will also travel to NCISAA Division II champion Davidson Day in the second half of the season. Witmans working to get his team ready for those games. Were getting pretty good work out of those guys over the summer, he said. Theyre getting to see each other some in those 7-on-7s. ... Were looking forward to getting to work.
Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2013
NCISAA: Charlotte Country Day Buccaneers quarterback position up for grabs
Charlotte Country Day Buccaneers (9-2, 1st round NCISAA playoffs) Coach: Bob Witman (24th year, 208-52 career record) Returning starters: 10 (4 offense, 6 defense) College prospects: • DT Michael Stanback: 6-foot, 1-inch, 280-pound senior named all-state in 2012. • WR Thomas Jackson: 5-foot, 11-inch, 183-pound senior one of three returning receivers. • WR Akanimo Eyo: 5-foot, 8-inch, 166-pound senior another returning target for the new quarterback. Can’t-miss games: • Sept. 7 vs. Charlotte Catholic: Annual Cook Cup rivalry game is always entertaining. Country Day won 31-28 last year. • Oct. 4 at Weddington: Bucs play a nearby public school that made it to the second round of the 3AA N.C. state playoffs last year.
2013 schedule • Aug. 30: vs. Carolina Pride • Sept. 7: vs. Charlotte Catholic • Sept. 12: vs. Buford (S.C.) • Sept. 20: at Durham Hillside • Sept. 27: vs. Ravenscroft • Oct. 4: at Weddington • Oct. 11: at Davidson Day • Oct. 18: at Charlotte Christian • Oct. 25: vs. Providence Day • Nov. 1: at Charlotte Latin
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