The Beach District is more open than ever and there’s opportunity for Kempsville to step forward
by Jazmin Sherard, recruit757
Team: Kempsville (Virginia Beach, VA)
Classification/Conference – 5A/9
2015 Record – 0-10 (no playoffs)
Head Coach – Nick Mygas
Mascot – Chiefs (blue, red)
Despite ending their 2015 season with a 0-10 record and sitting on a 26 game losing streak, second year Kempsville coach Nick Mygas and the Chiefs have high expectations for this upcoming season. The landscape of the Beach District has changed. Ocean Lakes is no longer the super power that they’ve been the past few years. Though there’s a long way between the top and the bottom of the 11 team district, Mygas is confident that his teams will make strides in 2016.
“Being competitive every week and having a number of skilled players returning will definitely help us fulfill the expectations that we have for the upcoming season. Junior varsity had a great season last year, so we expect the same this year.”
Indeed, the Chiefs’ achievements at the junior varsity level could translate into success at the varsity level this year.
Mygas added that the Chiefs offensive Single Wing scheme is a system that the Chiefs have been implementing for two years and are getting better at executing. Though the Single Wing is a familiar set for the high school level, solid execution would definitely improve their outlook this season.
Quarterback Jackson Droll (SR QB/LB 6-0 205) returns for his third year as the starter and the versatile play maker Dasamir Spriggins (JR SB/S 5-11 175) returns after missing the 2015 season due to an injury. Another key to the offense will be lanky tight end and wide receiver Jacob Moore (SR TE/WR/LB 6-5 215).
Touching on the Chiefs defense, Mygas mentioned that a number of “key defenders” are returning from last year to assist in executing the odd front defense .
Senior linebackers Zach Wheeler (SR LB 5-11 225) and Jackson Droll along with senior defensive backs Micah Dryden (SR CB 5-8 160), Dennis Ayers (SR CB 5-10,180), and junior Dasamir Spriggins will be leading the way on the defensive side this season.
What remains very clear for the Chiefs is that they have a motive, and they’re determined to show that motivation each week.
“Eleven as one” is the motto for the Chiefs this season. They open the season on August 26 on the road at Landstown.
Others to watch: Brent Addison (SR LB/RB 5-9 190), Brad Lee (SR RB/LB 5-11 195), Keyshawn White (SR RB/DB 5-7 150), and Jordan Eanes (SR OL/DL 6-0 225).
– Jazmin Sherard