Four teams – Charlotte Christian, Hough, Mallard Creek and Sun Valley – kicked off the 2014 season Thursday at Memorial Stadium. Most of the other area teams kick off Friday night. A look at some storylines:
“We jumped ahead of schedule,” coach Jason Fowler said. “We did a little better last year than I thought and now we gotta see if we can be on the level with the big boys.”
Friday is a great test. Richmond has adopted a more pass-first system than Raiders teams of the past under sophomore QB Luke Hoggard, son of coach Paul Hoggard. Beat Richmond and the Ravens are ready for a true state title run.
Grier’s team is also struggling with numbers. After having 39 players in 2013, Davidson Day is down to 23 now. Grier said academic expectations and cost of tuition prevented some kids from enrolling. He said the school graduated seven seniors and lost 10 players to transfer since January. “That killed our depth,” he said. “Some of these guys will start at other places.”
Grier feels that 10 of his players will play in college, but some of them are sophomores. “We can put 11 on the field that can play at a high level,” he said. “We just don’t have any depth.”