Bayside (File Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Bayside looks to deal Cox a loss in the opener for the second season in a row
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Last year’s season opener was a game that Coach Bill Stachelski and the Cox Falcons would rather forget.
Bayside’s offense exploded a year ago, topping Cox 63-24.
“They gave it to us good last year. That’s been our focus this entire offseason is to get back on par with them and kind of avenge that massive defeat we had last year,” said Stachelski in an interview earlier this month.
Cox has plenty of weapons.
Tayvion Robinson comes into his senior season after leading Cox offensively last year. The two-way star gets it done on defense and offense, and he has the capability to carry the team, just like he carried Cox basketball into the postseason last winter. The Falcons’ team speed is improved with the arrival of transfers Nate Evans and Keontae Jenkins added to the return of Leno Lester and .
Bayside will be led by a cast of lesser known names, but athlete Khamran Laborn is a fresh face after transferring from Norview in the off-season. Laborn is the younger brother of Florida State tailback Khalan Laborn. Tajae Pollard moves from the quarterback position to wide receiver, and that will buy him more time and head space to apply himself on both offense and defense for Coach Jon White. That means White is breaking in a new quarterback for the third year in a row. Sophomore Dasharn Wright takes over the signal caller duties. If he succeeds in the long term, he could provide Bayside with a stable, three-year starter.
Both Bayside and Cox see themselves as contenders for the Beach District title, and rightfully so. They’ll have all season to fight their way through a thick group of contending teams such as Ocean Lakes, Landstown and Salem in order to finish the season on the top of the heap.
– Andy Hilton