Wildcats look to continue tradition
The ‘cats return some key players from last years’ roster on the offensive side with the key being that there are starting position that may change from week to week, depending on effort and adjustments to upcoming situations that are predictable. Also, there are a lot of players that will be playing on both sides of the ball, offensive and defensive, and this requires some rest time during the game for the starters. Zach Miller lead the team in rushing in 2012 with 1930 yard and 22 TDs. He also lead among pass receivers with 9 catches and a touchdown. Miller will play a key role on defense as an inside linebacker again where he was a leader last season with 98 total tackles (38 individual and 60 assists) and recorded 7 tackles-for-loss. Miller could see some time as a punter. Josh Sillas will play both ways as a quarterback and defensive back. Presently he and Devin Weber are vying for the starting QB slot. Weber will see playing time as a tailback and defensive back as well as a role on the kick-off team.
Carter Flowers will be counted on for a contribution from the FB slot and as a defensive tackle along with his being an offensive tackle. Others expected to see both sides of the ball in the backfield are: Luke Harrison (tight end and defensive end), Chris Wimberley (wing back and defensive back), Ryan Rowling (tailback and outside linebacker), Gatlin Lanning (tight end and def.end/outside linebacker), AJ Pittaway (tailback and inside linebacker), Blake Cross (wingback and outside linebacker), and Corey Swallows as a split end and defensive back.
Anchoring the offensive line are returners Christian Elliot at center and guards Keegan Ingram and Tanner Plemons. Matthew Hammons, Chance Hood, Walker Hood, Jakob Davis, and Ben Norwood will be in the mix as interior offensive linemen as well as seeing time on the defensive teams. Isaac Smith and Tristen Senn will be counted on to provide some playing time at the outside linebacker slots.
Coach Derrick Davis and his staff are optimistic that the team will compete again for the District Championship this year. They have compiled an undefeated district record over the last four years with a 16-0 record. This is Davis’ 14th year as head Coach with an overall record of 101 wins against 46 losses.
“Our situations can change from day to day and week to week,” said Coach Derrick Davis. “We expect our players to lay it on the line every day and those who do it will be rewarded with playing time,” he added. “We have good senior leadership and this makes a huge impact on the total success of the team,” he concluded.
Polk will operate from the slotted wing primarily with some more emphasis on the passing this year which could make the running game more effective.
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