Churchland and head coach Dontrell Leonard (Photo: Brandon Mitchell/recruit757)
Defensive intensity a central theme during Black/Orange Scrimmage for Churchland
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
Two seasons ago, when Dontrell Leonard was first introduced as the Truckers head coach, there weren’t high expectations for him and his new coaching staff seeing as though they were just getting their feet wet with Churchland. However, last season we were able to see what happens when it all the pieces of the puzzle start to work together for the greater good. Brick by brick, Churchland has been able to climb from underneath the bottom of the Eastern District. In 2017, Churchland was able to salvage its season by knocking off Wilson by a single point near the end of the season.
Last year the Truckers added four more wins to their season total from a year prior knocking off Kecoughtan, Grafton, Granby, and Armstrong in addition to Woodrow Wilson. This year the stakes are much higher as the expectations continue to shift in an upward direction. Churchland has multiple prospects that have answered the call since the conclusion of postseason play last season and dedicated themselves to getting better in all phases of the game. The Truckers have benefited from the maturation of Kenny Gallop, Jr. (2020 ATH 6-0 205) who committed to Howard University near the middle of July.
Aside from Gallop, Marquas Gregg (2020 OL 6-1 289) and Charles Grant (2020 OL/DL 6-4 240) have more than distanced themselves from the pack and look to add to the energy that has developed over the summer. On Saturday morning, the Truckers hit the practice field where they held their annual Black and Orange Scrimmage. Not too much of the playbook was implemented as the defensive side of the ball really took towards giving the offense more than it could handle at times. One positive sign for the Truckers was the intensity that both sides displayed equally that should set the tone for Churchland throughout the entire season.
– Brandon Mitchell