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Defensive goals for Comets compact; run, tackle, play / August 28, 2014
The list of goals for the HCHS varsity football defense is fairly compact this season.

Defensive coordinator Mike Lloyd said the aim of the 4-2-5 cover three scheme includes three primary objectives.

Stop the run.

Tackle with intensity

Play as a unit, not as individuals.

Lloyd broke down the depth chart for the defense.

The probable starters for Friday’s home opener against Jefferson Forest include three seniors on the defensive line. This group includes senior Shalar Charlton, said to be quick and strong. The other defensive end is junior Zavier Johnson, also labeled as a quick and strong prospect. The tackles are Treyquan Holt, a senior. Holt is a senior and is quick and strong, and he is also returning to the program after missing last season.

The other defensive tackle is Jaleel Palmer, a senior and a strong defensive tackle and eager to prove himself.

The D-line reserves are juniors Elijah Mitchell, C.J. Morton, and Isiah Adams, along with sophomore Cameron Blunt.

The Comet scheme features four linebackers, including three juniors and one freshman.

Mike linebacker duties will be handled by Ryan Waller, who is showing improved speed and strength from last season. The will linebacker is freshman Camron Carden, described as young and smart, full of energy and a youngster who leads by example. The inside linebacker reserves are senior Erik Ferrell and junior Jamal Chism. The spur linebackers are juniors Antwon Ragsdale and Davonte Marshall. Ragsdale is still learning the position, and improving weekly. Marshall is still learning the position but should do well, according to Lloyd’s breakdown.

The reserve spurs are Alonzo Jones, a senior; 11th grader Jared McKinney, and sophomores Ramon Coleman and Dennis Brown.

Senior free safety Rymel Windsor has been doing an excellent job adjusting in the secondary. He also shows good football smarts.

The reserve free safeties are senior Monte Lawson and Xavier Aguilar, a tenth grader.

The starting corners are senior Malik Clark, a senior who leads by example and has sharp football smarts, according to Lloyd. The other corner is junior Raeon Logan, Jr., who is a young, smart player who will grow into the position.

The reserve corners are seniors Dante Crews and sophomore Tylik Powell.

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