by Andy Hilton, recruit757Last year’s Green Run team managed to earn a playoff berth last year with a 5-5 record in Division 5. The season was hot and cold for the Stallions, but they finished on a high note and managed to play a close game against the Hampton Crabbers before falling in the first round of the playoffs. Like every team, they lose a few key players. Coach Shawn Wilson is still working out the details, but the rubber hits the road on Friday night when the Stallions open against Princess Anne.
“We’re OK at the skill positions,” said the coach. “We’re a little short on linemen, but we’re making do with what we’ve got. We’ll do what we can do. We got more speed than we’ve had in the last three years, so we’re back to being a fast team like we were in my first two years (here).”
Breon Waters (JR QB 5-10 170) has stepped up to take the quarterback role this fall, with Khalil Everette as a backup. Both are dual threat quarterbacks, so that accentuates the Stallions’ speed on the offensive side of the ball. “They’re battling for that quarterback spot, but Breon’s doing a little better right now,” said Coach Wilson.
Anthony Scott and Dequan Deberry (SR RB/LB 6-0 200) will star for the Stallions at tailback. Ismail Murray (JR RB/SLOT 5-10 175), Kimba Lewis (JR RB 5-9 160), and Devante Austin will also see time in the backfield. At receiver, Sean James (JR TE 6-4 230), Dequan Edwards, Jamie Mitchell (SO WR 6-0 175), Timothy Norwood (SO WR 5-9 160) and Dequan Davis will be the primary receiving options in the offense.
Defensively, many of the same skill guys will play at either linebacker or in the secondary for the Stallions. Edwards, Scott, Deberry, and Austin will anchor the defense. Trevor Miller (SR LB 5-11 210) will only play on defense, but he also provides senior leadership for the linebacking corps.
“We’re capable of getting back to the playoffs. We have to do a little bit better job coaching our personnel,” Wilson said. “I don’t see us having a problem getting back to the playoffs if we stay healthy. We’re dinged up a little bit now. The offensive line has a few missing, we’re going to have to use a few skill guys as linemen. That might work out for us. Making the playoffs is always our goal. We play some tough games, but we plan on being in every game. We have beaten Hampton last year. We have enough guys that experienced the playoffs last year and they’re eager to get back to it.”
The Beach District makes it tough, especially on Division 5 schools like Green Run and Princess Anne, where the enrollment is lower. They play nine Division 6 schools in their ten game regular season schedule, but once they make it to the playoffs, they’re certainly battle tested.
– Andy Hilton