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Jayvees plan to be competitive

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Members of the Comet junior varsity football team, front row, from left, are, Rodzavian Crowell, Freddie Edmonds, Coby Markham, Charles Chandler, Dakota Delaware, Calvin Jennings and Rufus Jeffress. Second row, Jarmal Brooks, Reggie Jones, DeMoines Boyd, Miles Claiborne, Akem Robertson, Chris Glass, Bryant Coleman, Cody Palmer and Trey Roberts. Third row, DaeQuin Owens, Jacob Saunders, London Waller, Tyrell Harris, Seth Adams, Ryan Elliott, Kiaos Ragsdale and Deandre Delaware. Back row, head coach Dave Wojtecki, assistant coach Mick Gallagher, Cody Womack, Bernard Bradsher, Joe Martin, and assistant coach Robbie Compton.
SoVaNow.com / August 27, 2009
The HCHS jayvee football program should be fairly proficient at the skill positions, but the team also has some questions marks overall.

David Wojtecki, the new head coach for the jayveess, said, “I think we’re going to be competitive every single game. Our inexperience at line might pose some problems for us. But I think … if we can get the ball to our skill players, we’ll be all right there.

“Defensively, I think we’ll hold most every team in the league to a low score,” said Wojtecki.

The HCHS jayveess are preparing for the Sept. 10 opener away at Person County. HCHS returns home on Sept. 17 for Heritage, before completing the rest of the eight-game schedule.

“We are very small up front. But we are very fast and aggressive, which should balance itself out this year. We are very skilled at the wideout and running back spot, also at quarterback.

“Defensively, we are very fast and aggressive. We fly to the ball, and we hit pretty well. We’re going to be pretty solid (defensively),” said the Comet coach.

Looking specifically at the offense, Rodzavian Crowell is expected to provide leadership at quarterback. Crowell is “a run and pass threat. It’s always nice to have a dual threat when we run the spread offense,” said Wojtecki.

The Comet split ends are Dakota Delaware and Freddie Edmonds. Both are relatively tall players and run well, although both need further development on their skill sets, according to the coach.

The inside receivers are Cody Palmer and Rufus Jeffress, and they bring a ‘shifty, hard-to-tackle’ versatility to the position.

The Comets are looking at three players to play running back, with no set starters at the moment. They include Liberty transfer Akem Robertson, Bryant Coleman, who worked very hard in the off-season, and Trey Roberts, a fast runner who has shown the ability to get outside.

The leaders on the line include sophomore Kiaos Ragsdale, who played as a freshman on the jayveess last year. HCHS also moved freshman Patrick Barton up to play at center, and he’s performing well in preseason.

On the defensive side of the ball, HCHS has some promising linebackers. They include Deandre Delaware, Robertson, and the rotating backers, Edmonds and London Waller.

“The linebackers are very good, have a nose for where the ball’s going, and do a good job flowing to the ball,” said the Comet coach.

As for the defensive line, HCHS will rely on Joe Martin at tackle for leadership. Ragsdale will plug holes at noseguard and Seth Adams is another performer to watch. Adams is seeing duty on both the offensive and defensive line and playing well.

The Comet coaching staff is also upbeat about the secondary. B. Coleman and Chris Glass are playing cornerback, with couple of others pushing for playing time. At safety, Halifax has Reggie Jones and Mike Morris battling for playing time.

As for special teams, Calvin Jennings is slated to handle most of the kicking duties.

He’s an inexperienced kicker, and the staff is working with him to create improvement at this spot.

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