Bishop Sullivan RB Michael Martinez (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Some of the names have changed, but Chris Scott is excited about his squad at Bishop Sullivan
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
“Fans should expect us to go 1-0. 1-0 in every rep, every drill, 1-0 in every game. If we do that, and win each rep and win each game, I think everybody should be proud about the outcome.” – Chris Scott
Bishop Sullivan has been through what some would call a tumultuous off-season.
There’s been wrangling with the schedule, the typical graduation of seniors, the atypical transfer of a few athletes… in other words, a few more changes than usual.
For Chris Scott, August brings a time to set all of that aside, strap on the helmets and pads, and get to the business of playing football.
“We’re excited about getting out. I feel really good about the team this year. We have some young guys who are really ready to step up and be leaders. We have an exciting offense, and a very fast defense, so I can’t wait to see these guys take the field,” said Scott at practice.
Colt Minson rises into the role of starting quarterback and leader of the Crusader offense in 2018. The sophomore will have three years at the helm if it all works out, and that has Coach Scott excited.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had a young man work as hard as this guy does. He’s recognized already as though he is a senior leader. He’s the ‘hoo-rah’ guy. He’s the guys who’s getting the guys lined up. He stretches. He’s the first one in the gym at 5:45 a.m. He didn’t miss one work out, even the voluntary workouts. He was here. (He was) working out with Teradja Mitchell when we were working out the seniors. He is just the guy who will work for success,” said the coach.
Despite the departure of players like Terajda Mitchell (Ohio State) and Tyler Desue (Maryland), the offer lists for players at Bishop Sullivan are rich. Lineman Adarious Jones has already committed to Texas A&M, and that’s coming off of a season where he missed most of the games because of a knee injury.
“I’m very excited about Adarious getting a chance. He played a little bit of defensive end last year, but his season was cut a little short. I know he’s excited because he’s worked really, really hard in the off-season to come back,” Coach Scott explained. “Big Al (Altrique Barlow) will see some of the defensive side. C.J. Scott will see some of the defensive side. It will be interesting not having #7 back there, one of the best players in the entire country.”
To fill the shoes of Mitchell, Coach Scott mentioned expected contributions from Jonah Jones, Alex Oates and Price Stevens in the linebacker corps.
Scholarship offers are flowing to Crusader athletes, including Noah Anderson (Georgetown), Quinton Gregory, Valerian Johnson, Brandon Jones, Nekhi Meredith and Altrique Barlow. Colt Minson is getting overtures from Wake Forest. As a 2021 athlete, it’s still early for Colt to land that big of an offer, but once one comes, more are sure to follow.
The Crusaders’ jamboree matchup with North Carolina power Havelock High School is coming on Saturday. That’s a scrimmage down in North Carolina as a part of the “Clash at the Border” at Northeastern High School in Elizabeth City, and it’s a day when as many as ten Virginia teams will square off against North Carolina teams in a day long event. The first game is at 10 a.m. pitting Western Branch against Pasquotank. Bishop Sullivan closes out the day at 8:30 p.m. against Havelock.
Bishop Sullivan’s season starts on Friday night, August 24 with a road game against Norfolk Christian. The Ambassadors are one of a few in-state schools who have agreed to take on the Crusaders this fall. A couple of planned in-state games have fallen through, and no Virginia public school team has agreed to play them. There’s a distinct possibility that Bishop Sullivan will play an eight-game regular season so that they can qualify for the VISAA Division I playoffs. VISAA has a rule that at least 50% of a team’s regular season games must be against VISAA opponents in order to qualify for the postseason in football.
“We’re excited to play Norfolk Christian. I know they’re well coached. It’ll be nice to have a (road game near home) here. There’s a lot of work (for us) before then,” Scott stated.
– Andy Hilton